Psilocybe mexicana

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Psilocybe mexicana
P. mexicana in nature.
Taxonomical nomenclature
Kingdom Fungi
Phylum Basidiomycota
Class Agaricomycetes
Order Agaricales
Family Hymenogastraceae
Genus Psilocybe
Species P. mexicana
Common nomenclature
Common names Shrooms, magic mushroom
Mycological Characteristics
Spore print Purple-brown
Active constituents Psilocin, Psilocybin, Baeocystin, Norbaeocystin

Psilocybe mexicana is a psychedelic mushroom in the Psilocybe genus. Its first known usage was by the natives of Central America and North America over 2,000 years ago. It has been found to contain both psilocybin and psilocin.[1]


Psilocybe mexicana is found alone or in small groups among moss along roadsides and trails, wet meadows, or cornfields and particularly in the grassy areas bordering deciduous forests. It is common at elevations between 300–550 meters (980–1,800 ft), rare in lower elevations and known only in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. Fruiting takes place from May to October.

Similar species

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Hunting psychoactive mushrooms in nature can be very dangerous.

Caution is advised because poisonous or deadly mushrooms can easily be mistaken for edible ones.

Psilocybe pelliculosa:
Psilocybe silvatica:


Mayan mushroom statues, Kaminaljuyu, 1000 B.C. to 500 A.D.
María Sabina, A famous Mazatec curandera who was known for the use P. mexicana or as she called them, "Teonanacati"


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External links


  1. Heim, R., Genest, K., Hughes, D. W., Belec, G. (July 1966). "Botanical and Chemical Characterisation of a Forensic Mushroom Specimen of the Genus Psilocybe". Journal of the Forensic Science Society. 6 (4): 192–201. doi:10.1016/S0015-7368(66)70336-3. ISSN 0015-7368.