Psilocybe cubensis

Manny

It's illegal to grow, possess, or eat Psilocybe cubensis.

Magic Mushroom

Order Agaricales, Family Strophariaceae  

CAP BRUISES BLUE

Cap:  2-9 cm wide; pagoda-shaped when young, becoming convex to flat with knob; whitish or yellowish, sometimes brownish; smooth; slimy when moist; bruises blue

GILLS BECOMING PURPLE-BLACK

Gills:  attached, later appearing free; crowded; whitish at first, quickly becoming deep purple-gray then blackish

STALK WHITISH OFTEN WITH RING

Stalk:  4-15 cm long, 4-14 mm thick; whitish, bruising blue

Ring:  white ring quickly covered by blackish spores, sometimes washed away

SPORE PRINT DARK PURPLE BROWN

ON DUNG, GROWN ILLEGALLY INDOORS

HALLUCINOGENIC

Lookalikes:

P. coprophila -- not staining blue

Agrocybe praecox -- lighter spore print, not blue-staining

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Some urban dwellers eat magic mushrooms or grow them indoors. Since possessing this shroom is against the law, this type of mushroom consumption or farming is illegal and cultivators and buyers and sellers have been arrested in the Denver area.

Magic mushrooms do not grow wild in most U.S. cities. If you're disappointed, think about this: There are lots of good reasons to hunt city mushrooms. Many are beautiful, and some are delicious. You get outside, meet your neighbors, discover new things and enjoy natural highs of various kinds. The key to enjoying city mushrooms is not to obsess on any one reason to look for them, but to realize that there are innumerable aspects of the City Mushroom Hunt that are worthwhile.

 


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