Penis Envy Psilocybin Mushroom
This strain of magic mushrooms is known in the market as one of the strongest and most hard-hitting shrooms out there making it heavily sought-after by hardcore psychonauts craving for that other-worldly psychedelic trip. The Penis Envy mushroom got its name from its physical attributes of a thick shaft and a bulbous head that doesn’t spread wide open like other shrooms. These mushrooms have a very high potency that doesn’t sit well with beginners, so it is not the recommended shroom for first-time users. Users can expect a transformative experience with this special strain as its psychoactive elements can induce deep shamanic encounters, vision quests, and an overall mystic feeling. The high potency of these mushrooms may also alleviate symptoms of chronic illnesses.
The History of the Penis Envy
As for penis envy mushrooms, famed ethnobotanist and psychedelic advocate Terence McKenna is generally credited with their discovery, though the details of that discovery remain shrouded in hearsay.
As the legend goes, in the early 1970s, McKenna stumbled upon a massive, healthy patch of psychedelic mushrooms deep within the Amazon rainforest with the help of several local guides. Then, he smuggled his findings undetected back to the US by taking spore prints of the culture and sandwiching them between microscopy slides labeled with a different genus name.
One such spore print he gave to his colleague Steven H. Pollock, a medical doctor and fellow believer in the potential of psychedelic plant medicines. Over several years, Pollock refined this culture by selectively fruiting mushrooms from generation to generation until he found one mutation, with an exceptionally thick stem and pallid cap, that could reliably propagate its recessive genetic characteristics. Thus, the penis envy mushroom strain was born.
Appearance of Penis Envy
Penis Envy shows clear indications that this mushroom has been selectively grown, developing characteristics that are unlikely to exist in nature. The caps on these mushrooms (responsible for distributing the spores) barely open, remaining close to the stem. Many of the mushrooms also produce few or no spores, a characteristic that would quickly cause them to die out in the wild.
Effects of Penis Envy
As with all psilocybin-containing mushrooms, the effects of Penis Envy can be broadly considered similar to any other magic mushroom. Despite users anecdotally reporting different subjective effects of different varieties, there’s not yet enough data to link subjective psychedelic experiences to different varieties, especially with factors such as set and setting also playing a crucial role.
However, one factor that does seem to be justified by evidence is Penis Envy’s increased potency. When looking at data gathered by Oakland Hyphae in their Psilocybin Cup, the average potency of Penis Envy varieties may be around 50 to 100 percent stronger than your average Psilocybe cubensis variety. Yet, as with other cultivated magic mushrooms, this potency can vary considerably—likely due to factors such as growing conditions and post-harvest storage methods.