With the popularity of magic mushrooms on the rise, there seems to be an ever-growing list of different types to choose from. This can understandably be overwhelming for newcomers who are trying to decide which variety is the best fit for them. With so many options on the market, such as Golden Teacher, Nepal, Amazon, Mexican, Pink Buffalo, B+, Albino Penis Envy, and numerous others, it can be challenging to make an informed decision. Are all these magic mushrooms the same? Are some more challenging to cultivate than others? Which is the most potent? With the aim of providing guidance for those who wish to cultivate magic mushrooms for the first time, we will examine the nuances between various strains and help you narrow down your options in this article.
Over the years, more and more different sub-species or strains of Psilocybe Cubensis were discovered and made available to spore collectors. As home cultivation becomes more common, new strains are developed in labs and genetically isolated to exhibit certain desirable features. More commercialized Cubensis sub species names started to appear, such as “Golden Teacher”, “Mazapatek”, “Jedi Mind Fuck”, “B+”, “Penis Envy” and so on. Some strains are so far out there (like the elusive “enigma” mutation strain), where they no longer even resemble the physical form of a mushroom, and don’t naturally sporulate.
It is generally accepted between magic mushroom cultivators that there isn’t a significant difference in potency between these Cubensis sub-species. “A cube is a cube” is what you will often hear from them. Potency and size are much more likely to be influenced by the nutrients and growing conditions, than by the strain of the sub-species. While this is mostly true for the naturally occurring species of Psilocybe cubensis around the world, once you get to the lab grown mutations, there are some exceptions that need to be considered. For example, mutations such as “Albino Penis Envy” or the “Enigma” cubensis strain, tend to have a higher concentration of Psilocybin in them, but they also tend to be more susceptible to contamination, and are harder to grow. They are also very picky about their growing conditions, and may abort more easily if those conditions are not met.
One of the best pieces of advice I got during my first cultivation cycle was: “Experimentation should come only after success”. The gist of this advice was to follow the exact cultivation instructions given with the single aim of completing the grow cycle successfully. Once you have a couple of successful grows under your belt, you can start changing parameters, experimenting and optimizing your process. Taking this advice and applying it to the now more precise question : “Which strain of Psilocybe Cubensis should I Grow first?” would lead to the simple answer : “The strain which is most likely to grow successfully”. While this might sound like an obtuse answer, we can break it down a bit more for.
First, to be clear, you want to start with a Psilocybe Cubensis strain specifically, as this species is relatively resilient and easily cultivated. Compared to other mushrooms, it is very forgiving in its cultivation and has a relatively high tolerance for non-ideal conditions.
From this species, you should choose a well known strain or sub-species which doesn’t have any special characteristics (such as albinos, blobs, mutations, etc). Stick to well known strains if you can – these have a history of reliable and proven genetics.
A short list of these would be:
If you manage to get a spore print or spore syringe of one of these strains, you’re good to go! If not, do some research to check that whatever strain you’re getting isn’t overly exotic and doesn’t require a special cultivation process.
Now you can say “Magic Mushrooms” with much more scientific confidence! What’s more, you know which strains you should choose and which to avoid for your first grows. Once you have your spores, head on to our Magic Mushroom Cultivation course and try it out.