Truth about Magic Mushroom Strains

Unveiling the Truth about Magic Mushroom Strains: Clearing Up Misinformation and Confusion

As a result of over two decades of marketing efforts targeted specifically at the Dutch market, there is a significant amount of confusion, misinformation, deception, and inaccuracies surrounding the concept of "strains" of magic mushrooms.



Mycology is the study of fungi, and within that field, there are many species of mushrooms that produce what are commonly known as "Magic Mushrooms." One of the most well-known and widely used is the Stropharia Cubensis, also known as the "Mexican Magic Mushroom." This particular mushroom was used by the famous curandera, Maria Sabina, in her shamanic practices.

Another popular species is the Copelandia Cyanescens, which has earned the nickname "Hawaiian Magic Mushroom" due to its popularity among Dutch smartshops who have been selling it for over a decade.

In addition to these two species, there are also the Psilocybe Cyanescens, Psilocybe Azurenscens, the Gymnopilus Spectabilis, the Liberty Cap, and many other mushroom families that are known to produce "magic mushrooms." Each of these species has its own unique properties and characteristics, making them valuable for both medicinal and recreational use. Furthermore, Mycology is a vast field with different families and varieties of fungi, which have different shapes, sizes and colors, and have a different role in the ecosystem. This makes the study of mushrooms an exciting and ever-evolving field, with new discoveries being made all the time.


The concept of mushroom strains

When it comes to the concept of "strains" in the world of magic mushrooms, there is often a lot of confusion and misinformation. The terms "Golden Teacher," "Thai," "India," "Cambodia," and others are often used to refer to different varieties of magic mushrooms, but in reality, they are all the same species and belong to the same family. The differences between these strains are minor, and are primarily a result of the mushrooms being grown in different areas.

However, the appearance and potency of magic mushrooms is not primarily determined by their geographical origin. The way in which the mushrooms are grown, including factors such as temperature, humidity, oxygen levels, and the changes in these conditions over the course of growth, are much more important in determining the final product. In fact, the active substances within a single flush of mushrooms can vary more than between different strains.

The interest in different strains of magic mushrooms has been artificially inflated over the years due to smartshop marketing tactics. Prior to the ban on magic mushrooms in the Netherlands in 2007, there was little interest in specific strains, with customers only having the choice between "Mexican" or "Hawaiian" mushrooms. With the ban, grow kits became the replacement product and marketing experts, often with little knowledge of the product, began to invent reasons for selling the same product at different prices and/or under different names.

Marketing campaigns began to create tables with categories such as "visuals" and "deep thoughts" and placed the strains into categories as if they were different species, with the effects being connected to a specific strain. This has become accepted over the years, but it is primarily a placebo effect and has little scientific basis. In conclusion, it's important to understand that the strains are not significant factor in determining the look and potency of the mushrooms and the interest in different strains has been artificially inflated over years of smartshop marketing.


Stropharia Cubensis  aka "Psilocybe Cubensis"

The Stropharia Cubensis, known also as Psilocybe Cubensis, mushroom is widely considered to be the easiest mushroom to grow among all species. It has been cultivated by humans for millennia, and its cultivation is so simple that not even fire is necessary. The mushroom can be grown on straw, which is where its nickname "Rumplestiltskin" comes from, as it transforms straw into gold.

Humans have been migrating around the world for centuries, and they have taken their methods for growing magic mushrooms with them. They also brought their livestock, which provided the necessary substrate for the mushrooms to grow. This symbiotic relationship has led to the spread of Stropharia Cubensis mushrooms around the globe. The mushroom began to grow autonomously in new regions where it was introduced by humans, creating new strains. This has led to the diversity of strains of Stropharia Cubensis that we see today. This mushroom has played a big role in human history, and has been used for medicinal and spiritual purposes by many cultures. It is not only easy to grow but also versatile and adaptable that can grow in different conditions and regions.


Various strains of Stropharia Cubensis

When it comes to the various strains of Stropharia Cubensis, it is important to note that they are all very similar. However, there are some variations, such as the Albino strains which are white in color and are said to be a little stronger, though there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. The Albino strains are distinguishable by their completely white caps, with no hint of the "golden" color found in other strains.

Despite the popular myths and unproven claims surrounding different strains, the fact remains that the "regular" and "albino" variations are the only truly distinguishable strains of Stropharia Cubensis. Some strains are often hyped up as being "especially potent", but this is simply a marketing tactic to make more money.

However, it's worth noting that there is an exception to this, which is the Copelandia Cyanescens Magic Mushroom. This is a different species and not a Stropharia, and it is quite a bit harder to grow. It is meant for experienced growers, and yields mushrooms that are truly a lot stronger than Stropharia Cubensis. It's important to note that we give no warranty and cannot help you growing this species, and the risk is all yours!

The most convenient and simple magic mushroom growing option for hobby growers

When it comes to growing magic mushrooms, there are a variety of options available. However, if your primary goal is to have a simple and effortless experience, then a Bluestem™ growbag is the best choice for you. This option allows you to skip the process of strain-picking and have a guaranteed harvest with minimal effort.

The Bluestem™ growbags come in two options: "regular" or "albino". The albino strains are known for having a lower yield, but they do look different from the more commonly known "regular" or "Mexican" strains. This can be interesting for those who want to grow something that looks unique and different.

For those who have been growing with grow kits in the past and are looking for a specific strain, we offer 13 different strains to choose from. However, it's important to note that we cannot give any guarantee concerning grow kits.

Growing magic mushrooms can be challenging and requires the right knowledge, experience and equipment to get the desired results. It's important to understand that while grow kits may offer more strain options, they may not be as easy or convenient as using a growbag. 

If you want to know more about how to grow magic mushrooms on your own, consider download our comprehensive and free ebook, Unstoppable Mushrooms.