Magic Mushroom Strain Guide (100+ Strains Explained)

Learn about more than 100 different strains of magic mushrooms.

Justin Cooke Last Updated: September 17, 2021

By far, the most common magic mushroom species is Psilocybe cubensis. Within this species, there are hundreds of unique strain options to choose from.

Picking what strain to order when growing magic mushrooms at home can be a bit overwhelming.

This article will clear the air when it comes to different Psilocybe cubensis mushroom strains.

We’ll cover how to choose for the most potent, review the best strains for beginners, and provide explanations for over 100 magic mushroom strains you’ll likely run into on the marketplace.

Where to Buy Magic Mushroom Spores

Magic mushroom spores are legal to buy in most U.S. states and Canada, most of Europe, and Central and South America. It’s only once the spores are germinated that they become illegal. Hence the reason why most spore vendors sell samples “for microscopic use only.”

There are lots of different vendors to choose from, but here’s a list of my preferred sources based on quality, value, and selection (in no particular order):

  1. Sporeslab — Best Selection of Specialty Strains
  2. Spores 101 — Best Option For Canadians
  3. Sporeworks — Oldest Vendor
  4. Ralphsters Spores — Best Selection of Strains

What is a Magic Mushroom Strain?

A strain is different from a species.

A species refers to a distinct genetic grouping of organisms that can reproduce together.

A strain is a subgrouping that refers to a specific phenotype or morphology within a species.

In other words, all species are genetically distinct. Strains within a species have the same genetic code, but some genes are more active than others — which produces slight differences in how they look or feel.

Let’s look at humans as an example: Someone of African descent (strain or race) can reproduce just as easily with someone of Caucasian descent. They’re considered a different race (strain) but can still reproduce because they’re the same species (Homo sapiens).

The same is true for mushrooms. Within the Psilocybe cubensis species, there are hundreds of different strains, each one with slight differences in how they grow. But all strains within this species can breed together.

Conversely, strains of Psilocybe cubensis can’t breed with strains of Panaeolus cyanescens because they’re genetically distinct from one another.

There are six key differences that make strains unique:

  1. Mushroom size — some strains have a higher affinity for growing into monster mushrooms; others are more likely to produce smaller, stubby mushrooms instead.
  2. Cap color — the color of mushroom caps can range from white (albinos) to tan to dark brown or black.
  3. Gill production — some strains, like Penis Envy, barely produce any exposed gills at all.
  4. Flush vitality — most strains will survive long enough for around 3 or 4 flushes, but some have the vitality to continue pushing out mushrooms for ten flushes or more.
  5. Colonization speed — the colonization time will vary slightly, but some strains will fully colonize spawn jars up to 20% faster.
  6. Resistance to infection — the biggest cause of failure when growing magic mushrooms is contamination. Some strains are more susceptible to mold and bacteria than others.

Why Strain Selection Isn’t As Important As You Might Think

There’s a lot of debate surrounding whether psilocybin strains mean much of anything beyond the physical appearance of the mushroom.

All magic mushroom strains contain three active ingredients — psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. All the strains listed below are active at roughly the same dose, and the qualitative effects are virtually identical.

Lots of strain vendors will list certain qualitative effects with a given strain. Some are suggested to be more euphoric, more visually psychedelic, or more introspective.

This isn’t exactly true. The strain of mushroom you choose has little to no direct impact on the experience. Your mindset going into the trip has a much greater impact on the qualitative experience you have from taking magic mushrooms — not the strain.

The bottom line is that all strains are going to provide more or less the same experience. The core difference from one strain to another is the growth habits of the mushrooms themselves.

You can’t really go wrong when selecting a strain so go with whatever one’s sound the most interesting to you.

There are some exceptions here. For example, if you’re growing on B.R.F. cakes, you should opt for a strain that doesn’t produce extremely large mushrooms. If the shrooms are too large it could complicate the process by having to prop each of the cakes up so they don’t keep falling over.

Additionally, you may want to go with a more cold-tolerant or heat-tolerant strain depending on the climate conditions where you live.

For most people, the best strain is simply the one that sounds the most interesting to you. I encourage you to try many different strains and find one that works best for you. Sometimes the strains I think are going to be the best yield very poorly, and the ones I’ve tried on a random whim ended up being the best producers.

Magic Mushroom Strain Profiles

There are more strains of magic mushrooms than any single resource could cover.

New strains are collected from the wild all the time, and even more are “developed” in a mycology lab.

Some people create hybrids by mixing two or more strains together; others isolate specific growth habits from existing strains using agar plates.

Here, we’ll cover over 100 of the most common strains available online. Many more undocumented strains are circulating in closed spore trading circles, mycological societies, or private labs. You can also collect your own wild strains by harvesting samples from the wild.

A-Strain

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

The A strain (sometimes called A+) was developed by Mr. G — an infamous mushroom breeder and Shroomery user. He’s also credited with the B+ strain.

You can also find an albino version of the A strain.

This strain is known for its large mushrooms with a pale yellow cap and heavy spore production.

Acadian Coast

PotencyAverage
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain is hard to find, and there’s a lot of conflicting information about its origins. It’s thought to be a naturalized species found on the East Coast of North America, spanning from Newfoundland to Louisiana.

This strain has nice thick, tan-colored caps and produces fairly prolific flushes, especially in the second and third flush.

Albino A+

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, & Sporeslab

The Albino A strain is the isolated genetics of a pale white version of the classic A strain. This is not a true albino because the spores still carry the dark purple or black color. Albinos have no pigment in the flesh or spores.

Albino A shares the same infamous large fruiting bodies, cap shape, and thick spore production as its parent genetics.

Albino Penis Envy

PotencyPotent
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold BySporeworks & Sporeslab

Albino Penis Envy is the non-pigmented version of Penis Envy. It was developed by Workman at Sporeworks.

This strain is just as potent as the conventional Penis Envy mushroom and produces prolific flushes. The only trade-off is that this strain is much more prone to aborts than the original strain, so this is considered an intermediate-level strain for home growers.

Albino Treasure Coast

PotencyAverage
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySporeslab

This strain is an albino mutation of the classic Treasure Coast strain — originally harvested from the Southern Florida Gulf Coast.

It’s unclear whether Mr. G developed this strain himself or if he just liked it, but he’s often cited in various online mushroom growing communities posting really beautiful flushes with this strain.

The only company selling this strain at the moment is Sporeslab who managed to score it from a local mushroom grower in B.C.

Alcabenzi

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByNot Currently Available

This strain is thought to be a cross between Psilocybe cubensis (Golden Teachers) and Psilocybe mexicana — however, this is hotly debated. Many mycologists argue this cross isn’t possible.

This strain is an aggressive colonizer and highly resistant to infection and mold. It’s an O.G. in the mushroom cultivation space and was one of the most popular strains in the early 2000s.

Allen Strain

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores & Spores 101

This is one of the many strains discovered by Mushroom John Allen on his trip to Southeast Asia. This particular strain was found in Thailand, near Ban Tailing Ngam, Koh Samui.

This strain is well-loved in the mushroom community. Its characteristics are thin, tall mushrooms with rapid colonization times. This strain will colonize jars about 10 or 20% faster than many other Psilocybe cubensis strains.

Amazon

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Spores 101, & Sporeslab

This strain was originally sold as “P.E.S. Amazonia.” P.E.S. stands for Pacifica Exotica Spora — the company that first started selling the spores for this strain.

It was trendy for a while to name a newly discovered strain after the company that “discovered” them, but this isn’t a common practice anymore. Now there are plenty of other vendors that sell the Amazon strain simply as “Amazon” or “Amazonian Cubensis.”

Amazon is a very large mushroom strain and grows surprisingly quickly for its size. Part of the reason they can grow so large so quickly is the fact that this strain has hollow stems. They shrink quite a bit when you dry them out.

Sporeworks mislabelled this strain for a while as B+, which has created a lot of confusion around the P.E.S. Amazonia and B+ strains ever since.

Argentina

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain was (unsurprisingly) discovered in the mountainous rainforests of Argentina.

The mushrooms of this strain are smaller than average, but it’s reportedly capable of producing up to 10 flushes before losing vitality and molding. It’s also more resistant in regions with high humidity and cooler weather.

Australian

PotencyPotent
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain is sometimes called “the aussie” or “gold tops” in Australia.

As you can imagine, this strain was first collected in pastures around Australia (no specific region identified).

The Australian cubensis strain is a classic golden top mushroom with large fruits, rapid colonization, and relatively strong resistance to mold and bacteria. This is an excellent strain for beginners.

Aztec God

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySporeslab

This strain comes from Central America. Its name comes from the Aztec tribes that used these mushrooms several hundred years ago.

These mushrooms are medium-sized with a light brown or chestnut-colored cap.

This is a good intermediate species to consider for people who want something a little different.

B+

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, & Sporeslab

This is a classic strain invented by the legendary Mr. G, who claims it’s a hybrid between Psilocybe cubensis and Psilocybe azurescens (hotly debated). It’s unlikely these two species are able to produce viable offspring, but there are some features that appear to resemble aspects of both species — so it’s entirely possible.

Either way, this is an excellent strain for beginners because of how resistant it is to cool weather and contamination.

This strain is slower growing than most, but the increased defense against infection and unoptimized growing conditions is worth waiting a few extra days.

This strain is known for producing particularly large mushrooms.

The B+ strain was once awarded for being “The Shroomery’s most popular cube.”

Ban Hua Thanon

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByNot Currently Available

Ban Hua Thanon is more commonly referred to in the mushroom community as BHT (mushroomers love their acronyms).

The original sample was collected by Mushroom John Allen on a tour through Southeast Asia in the 90s as he collected new strains of Psilocybe cubensis.

This strain is noted for having a strong resistance to high temperatures.

Ban Phang Ka

PotencyAverage
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Ban Phang Ka (B.P.K.) was discovered in Thailand by Mushroom John Allen.

This strain is noted for its large mushrooms, but not much else is known about this strain. It’s hard to find spores for this strain from the major suppliers.

Ban Thurian

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Ban Thurian (B.T.) is a standard Thai strain brought to us by Mushroom John Allen. It’s moderate in all categories — colonization speed, disease resistance, and mushroom size.

Bix Mex

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByNot currently available

This strain is an isolation of the Mexican Cubensis strain (one of the O.G. strains still available today).

The Bix Mex isolate produces characteristic flat caps with a light-colored ring around the edges. They’re very photogenic mushrooms but be careful not to wait too long — this strain is a heavy sporulator. Once the veils break, these mushrooms throw thick black mounds of spores all over the place in just a few short hours.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to find Bix Mex mushrooms — but if you do, I highly recommend giving this strain a try.

Blue Meanies

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores & Sporeslab

“Blue Meanies” is also the nickname for another species of magic mushroom, Panaeolus cyanescens, which has led to a ton of confusion around this strain.

The name for this strain comes from the distinct blue coloration that forms around the caps and stems when touched or grazed. This discoloration is present in all psilocybin-containing mushrooms but is more noticeable in larger and light-colored strains such as this.

The original stock for this mushroom strain is reported to come from Australia, and the appearance of these mushrooms is very similar to the Australian strain.

Brazilian

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Spores 101

The Brazilian strain is known for its aggressive colonization and large mushrooms.

In the wild, these mushrooms can easily grow larger than 18 inches, but in cultivation, the fruiting is much smaller.

Burma

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySporeworks, Sporeslab

This is a classic high-potency strain from Southeast Asia.

The original sample was collected from outside Yangoon, Burma (now Myanmar). It was reportedly collected by a Thai student who gifted a sample to Mushroom John Allen, who then propagated the spores throughout the mushroom community.

You can find these spores from just about any of the major suppliers — sometimes carried under the name “Burmese strain.”

Cambodian

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

The Cambodian cubensis strain is popular because it’s to grow and produces notoriously dense flushes. This strain is highly resistant to unoptimized growing conditions and

contamination.

Mushroom John Allen collected the original sample for this strain near the ancient temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Campinas

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain is very rare — the only place selling it at the moment is Ralphsters Spores.

The original sample was taken in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was then genetically stabilized through several generations of inbreeding before it came onto the market in the mid-2010s.

Chilean

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByNot currently available

The Chilean strain is noted for growing in a wide range of altitudes and climates. This means it’s most likely going to be more tolerant to unoptimized growing conditions than other strains.

The mushrooms produced from this strain closely resemble the large, lightly-colored specimens in the Amazon strain — but rarely reach the same monstrous sizes. 

This strain is difficult to find.

Chitwan (Nepal)

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold BySpores 101

This strain comes from the high mountains of Nepal in the Chitwan region. John Allen collected this strain on his trip to Southeast Asia, and it’s been slowly circulating in spore trading communities ever since.

It’s only recently that this strain has made its debut onto some of the larger spore vendors, and it’s a welcome addition.

This strain is very well-balanced — the mushrooms are medium-sized, flushes are dense, and it’s reasonably resistant to contamination.

Colorado

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByNot currently available

The climate in Colorado is not well-suited for Psilocybe cubensis — so it’s unlikely this strain really came from the mountainous region of Colorado, as some vendors claim.

However, it isn’t impossible, and there have been rumors of psilocybe species growing here during the summer.

The true origins of this strain remain a mystery, but it’s a popular strain for its strong resistance to infection.

Corumba

PotencyAverage
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain was collected by an amateur mycologist in the Brazilian city of Corumbá. The original collector was unable to germinate the spores and ended up sending it off to a local mycological society, where it was successfully propagated.

Several years later and this strain is now available on several large vendor sites.

This strain can be a little bit tricky, so it’s recommended for intermediate or expert growers who want something a little more challenging to try.

Costa Rican

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores & Sporeworks

This strain was reportedly discovered by Rhino — a frequent Shroomery user who entered the spores into widespread circulation. The sample was supposedly collected at the famous Arenal volcano in Costa Rica.

You can now buy Costa Rican cubensis spores from just about any of the major spore vendors.

Creepers

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores & Spores 101

This strain was isolated from the Cambodian strain and first sold under the Keeper brand as “Keeper’s Creepers.”

The original Keeper’s Creeper was overpriced for being an isolation of an already popular strain, but several vendors now carry this strain, and the price has settled back down to Earth. Most vendors simply call this strain “Creeper.”

Creepers are known for producing very large mushrooms.

Cuban

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

The cubensis in Psilocybe cubensis literally translates to “coming from Cuba.”

This strain was first discovered in 1904 by Franklin Sumner Earle — an American mycologist who spent a lot of time studying mushrooms in Cuba, where he eventually died. Originally, Earle categorized his finding as a species under the Stropharia genus, but it’s since been removed and is now considered a strain of Psilocybe cubensis.

You can find Cuban cubensis from most spore vendors.

Dixieland

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Dixieland is a nickname for the Southern United States. The original sample was reportedly collected from somewhere in Mississippi.

These mushrooms have a medium-sized bulbous cap and long thin stems.

Ecuador

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, Spores 101

The first sample of this strain was collected in the mountains of Ecuador by B.I.O. more than 30 years ago.

This strain is a slow colonizer but produces nice large mushrooms with high potency. The mycelium is also more tolerant to unoptimized growing conditions, which makes it an excellent choice for beginners.

Enigma

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold BySporeslab

Enigma doesn’t produce mushrooms. Instead, it forms thick truffle-like growths with exceptionally high psilocybin and psilocin concentrations.

This strain is a winner of the Psilocybin Cup held in Oakland, California, and there are several off-shoots of this strain that are becoming popular options as well.

This is a great strain if you prefer growing magic truffles and want something different. It’s important to note that this is not a true magic truffle but has truffle-like qualities.

This strain takes a long time to form the psilocybin-rich masses, sometimes up to 4 months. The longer you let them grow, the more potent they become.

Escondido

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Escondido is a new strain collected from the Puerto Escondido area of southern Mexico. Not much is known about this strain, but it’s already recognized for its prolific flushes and climate tolerability.

F+ (Florida)

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Spores 101

This strain is sometimes called “F+,” sometimes “Florida Strain,” or simply “F-Strain.”

Despite how easy this strain is to grown and how potent the mushrooms are, it’s not that popular. Ralphsters Spores lists this as one of the top ten strains of all time, but mentions of this strain by amateur growers is sparse.

It could be that the name “F+” is off-putting to growers. F+ usually has a negative connotation, so it could be that growers skip over this strain when shopping for new strains to try. Most people don’t want to waste their time with strains that aren’t considered “the best” in one category or another.

Fatass

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Fatass is a term used by mushroom cultivators to describe shrooms that have a short but fat stem and a small cap size.

As you can imagine, that’s exactly what this strain is most likely to produce.

The short and fat nature of these shrooms means they can be very dense. You won’t see much size reduction when it comes to dry these shrooms, and they can be pretty potent.

Golden Emperor

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold BySporeslab

Golden Emperor is a genetic isolation of the infamous Golden Teacher strain by Sporeslab.

This is a good option to try out if you’re a fan of Golden Teacher mushrooms and want something different.

This strain produces mushrooms that are slightly larger than Golden Teachers while providing the same euphoric and insightful experiences that make Golden Teachers so popular.

Golden Teacher

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, Spores 101

Golden Teachers are one of the most common mushroom strains on the market and an excellent option for beginner mushroom cultivators because of their tolerance to unoptimized growing environments.

The origins of this strain remain a mystery, but experts believe it was originally picked from somewhere in the Gulf region of the United States. This strain has been circulating around since at least the 1980s.

This is a very well-rounded strain. It grows quickly, produces dense flushes, and carries average to high strength for a cubensis.

Appearance-wise, these mushrooms are about as average as Psilocybe cubensis gets.

Guadalajara

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain is distinguished by its dark pinhead mushrooms that form into light golden-colored caps as they mature.

The flushes on this strain are very prolific but are more prone to molding. This is considered an intermediate-level strain for those who have a strong understanding of how to keep a growing medium clean — especially past the second or third flush.

Gulf Coast

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold By Ralphsters Spores, Spores 101

This strain is noted for being a heavy producer and makes some decent-sized mushrooms even when the growing environment isn’t optimized.

Most vendors selling this strain suggest cold shocking as a necessity for this strain — but that’s something you should be doing for just about any strain if you want to optimize production anyway.

Hanoi

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySpores 101

The Hanoi strain was identified in the 90s by Mushroom John Allen while he was visiting Vietnam.

This strain is easy to grow and has relatively high potency for a cubensis strain.

Hawaiian

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, Spores 101

There are a few strains in circulation marked “Hawaiian,” — and it isn’t clear if these are the same strain or not. Some have large dark caps, others tan-colored caps with white edges.

The first Hawaiian strain was the P.E.S. Hawaiian. P.E.S. stands for Plantasia Exotica Speciosa — a spore vendor based out of Honolulu.

Some experts suggest Hawaii isn’t an ideal location for magic mushrooms, and this strain must have come from somewhere else, but I beg to differ. There are several species of magic mushrooms, including Psilocybe cubensis, that have been discovered growing on the tropical islands of Hawaii.

I don’t recommend this strain if you care about the history and origins of the mushrooms you’re growing.

Huautla (Oaxaca)

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, Spores 101

This strain was collected somewhere near Huautla de Jimenez.

This is the hometown of the legendary mushroom shaman Maria Sabina who first introduced magic mushrooms to R. Gordon Wasson in the 1950s.

This strain is fairly new but has become quite popular in the mushroom community for its reliability, dense cluster formation, and relative potency.

Jedi Mind Fuck

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold BySporeslab

The origin of this strain is unknown, but it’s thought to have been a genetic off-shoot from the Z-strain.

While there’s a lot of debate around the qualitative experience different strains can or can’t produce, this one is often regarded for its strong, long-lasting hallucinations that almost resemble the effects of deliriants.

Kathmandu (Nepal)

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It’s unclear who collected the first specimen. Some suggest it was one of several specimens collected by John Allen, but he only mentioned one Nepalese strain.

Wherever it came from, this is a great first strain for new growers because of how well-rounded it is. This strain doesn’t excel in any one category but offers a good balance of fast colonization, resistance to contamination, medium to large mushrooms size, and ease of germination and spore collection.

Koh Samui

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySpores 101

Koh Samui is one of the most popular strains for beginner growers. It has a high resistance to contamination and produces several dense flushes before eventually succumbing to mold.

This strain is best known for its production of “fatasses” — which is a slang word referring to mushrooms that are short and have a fat stem.

Koh Samui was first collected by good ol’ Mushroom John Allen in the town of Hua Thanon on the island of Koh Samui.

La Primavera

PotencyPotent
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

La Primavera is a large painting done by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli.

It’s unclear what the correlation is with this strain or who to give credit for developing it. Either way, this is a decent strain to try if you’re looking for something new.

Flushes continue well into the fifth or sixth round, and the mushrooms have respectable potency levels even without adding tryptophan to the growing medium.

Lipa Yai (Thai)

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Spores 101

This is another strain from Thailand. It closely resembles the Koh Samui strain, with one major difference. Instead of producing short mushrooms, Lipa Yai produces tall fruiting bodies. The color and spores are very similar, albeit a tad darker.

This strain is heralded for having the same disease resistance as Koh Samui (a quality that makes Koh Samui one of the most popular beginner strains).

Lizard King

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Spores 101

This strain is named after the (amateur?) mycologist that discovered it — an anonymous mycologist using the online handle “Lizard King.” They’re well-known in the mushroom growing community.

This strain is reported to have been collected in Mexico and was noted to have been growing on wood (which is strange for a Psilocybe cubensis).

Malabar India

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, Spores 101, Sporeslab

Malabar cubensis can be hard to find but is worth searching for if your goal is producing particularly large mushrooms.

There are reports on Reddit of samples of this strain weighing more than 250 grams fresh.

A distinguishing feature of this strain is the veils that remain connected to the cap even after the mushroom is matured.

Malaysian

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

The Malaysian strain (sometimes called Malay) is unstable and will continue to mutate. Every batch is different from the last.

This strain, like many on this list, was originally collected by Mushroom John Allen on his infamous trip to Southeast Asia.

Matias Romero

PotencyAverage
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain was collected in the Mexican village, Matias Romero. It’s noted for its thick, watery stems and caps. This strain will tolerate higher humidity levels than other strains. If the ambient air is too dry, it’s prone to aborts — which increases the chances of contamination later on.

This is considered an intermediate strain. It’s well worth it if you’re looking for something a little different. This is a very photogenic strain.

Mazatapec

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, Spores 101

This is one of the first magic mushroom strains to be brought to the west, along with Huautla and some of the original stock that Dennis and Terence McKenna collected when they visited the Amazon for the first time.

This strain was collected from the mountainous region of Mazatapec, Mexico.

Distinguishing features of this strain are round, bulbous caps and long stems.

Melmac

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold BySporeslab

The true origins of Melmac is unclear, but many believe it to be a direct off-shoot from the infamous Penis Envy strain. Other theories suggest Penis Envy either came from Melmac, or both P.E. and Melmac came from the same source Amazon stock Terence and Dennis McKenna brought back with them on their expedition.

Either way, expect very similar growth patterns and potency from this mushroom as you would with Penis Envy. Some growers even claim this strain carries all the benefits of P.E. but offers even faster colonization.

Menace

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySporeworks

P. Menace (Psilocybe Menace) is a well-known member of the mushroom community — especially on the Shroomery forums.

This strain is named after and collected by the one and only P. Menace in pastures just outside of Houston, Texas.

These shrooms have a nice cinnamon brown color with distinct cap edges. It produces a deep blue bruising reaction when touched — which is an indicator of how potent this mushroom is.

Mestizo

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This strain is noted for being prolific in the first and second flush — which makes it great for beginners.

Mushrooms can continue flushing several times, but only if the environmental conditions are right and contamination is kept at bay. For newbies, it can be difficult to extend a grow beyond the second or third flush, so getting as much as possible in the first couple of rounds pays dividends quickly.

Mexican Albino

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold ByNot currently available

This strain isn’t always a true albino strain, but it’s relatively easy to isolate albino genetics using agar plates. Even the non-albino

The Mexican strain used to originate this stock was discovered by Mushroom John Allen. It’s unclear if John Allen also isolated the albino genetics or if someone else is owed credit for this discovery.

Either way, this is an excellent strain for beginners interested in growing a (nearly) albino strain.

Mexicube

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This strain produces mushrooms with uniquely spotted caps. They have a nice yellow or golden color and thick stems.

You’ll find this strain produces plenty of dense clusters of small to medium-sized mushrooms. They aren’t particularly large but form really thick clusters that make harvesting quite an event. 

Mississippi

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain comes from the same general region as the Dixieland strain. Unsurprisingly, there’s a decent amount of overlap between the growth patterns of these two strains.

Mississippi grows plenty of nice large shrooms, filled in with lots of smaller ones. It’s a prolific sporulator, so make sure to harvest before the gills are fully opened up, or you’re going to blanket the smaller mushrooms in a thick layer of deep black spores.

Oak Ridge

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This strain was collected from a sample growing near a nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Oak Ridge produces a nice uniform set of medium-sized mushrooms — almost like a tiny forest of virtually identical mushrooms. These shrooms are also noted for being one of the more contamination-resistant options — making them a great option for commercial operations and newbies alike.

Orissa India

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Spores 101

The original sample collected for this strain was found growing in cow dung near a temple in Orissa, India.

This strain is notably potent for a cubensis strain and tends to produce some monster mushrooms on the first, second, and potentially third flushes.

A sample of Orissa India once held the record for the largest cultivated cubensis ever — but that title has since been beaten by a grower using South American cubensis.

Palenque Mexico

PotencyPotent
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
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Despite what some vendors note, this strain is a little bit more difficult to cultivate than others on this list. They’re a fast colonizer but highly susceptible to green mold. This strain works best when grown in rye grain or manure.

Panama

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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The original prints for this strain were collected in a garden in a hotel in Panama City. This strain was reportedly picked, isolated, and introduced to the spore market by Ralphster from Ralphsters Spores.

Paraguay

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This South American strain shares a lot of similarities with the well-known Amazon strain. It produced very large fruits, though not as large as Amazon.

Paraguay is an aggressive colonizer, which helps it evade contamination during the incubation phase of the grow and is known for producing consistent flushes for the first three for four before tapering off.

Penis Envy

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
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Penis Envy is one of the most popular strains of cubensis on the market today. It’s loved for its alleged “high potency” as a super shroom.

These shrooms are named after their “penis-like appearance. The cap remains close to the stem, which makes these mushrooms look a lot like a circumcised penis. They produce dense fruits that don’t shrink much when dried.

Cultivation of this strain is easy, but perpetuating the stock can be difficult as many caps produce little to no spores, and in some cases, the spores are sterile.

Occasionally, penis envy will produce a thick flush of albino fruits. If you like growing albino shrooms, a few rounds of isolation on agar can reliably produce albino inoculant.

The infamous “Roger Rabbit” (a Shroomery user and respected mushroom expert) is famous for saying, “Cubes are cubes, with the exception of Penis Envy.”

Penis Envy was likely discovered in Colombia by Terrance McKenna and his brother Dennis in the early 1970s. This strain is thought to be part of the mushroom stock the brother’s collected on their trip to the Amazon in search of psychoactive mushrooms.

Some believe it was part of the McKenna’s stock, but the Penis Envy strain we know today was isolated via the work of Steven Pollock after receiving a sample of the spores from the McKenna’s.

Penis Envy was popularized by Hamilton Morris in a documentary on Vice and has since reached legendary status alongside other members such as golden teachers and Cambodian cubensis.

There are now several off-shoots of the penis envy strain — such as Penis Envy #6 and Penis Envy Uncut.

Penis Envy #6

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
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Penis Envy #6 is a cross between the original Penis Envy and the Texas strain.

This strain is a faster colonizer than P.E. but maintains the exceptional potency these mushrooms are famous for.

The growth pattern of these shrooms is less phallic and more closely resembles the wavy, wider caps of the Texas strain.

Penis Envy Uncut

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
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This genetic off-shoot of Penis Envy is characterized by veils that rarely open, even once fully mature (hence the “uncut” portion of the name).

Some regard these shrooms as the strongest version of the Penis Envy series — but the smaller mushroom size counteracts some of these benefits. You’ll get lower yields, but the mushrooms will (most likely) be stronger.

Peru

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

The Peruvian strain was developed by Ralphsters Spores. The company claims this strain is best grown in manure and produces medium-sized shrooms with caps that change color from one flush to the next.

PESA

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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PESA stands for “Pacifica Exotica Spora Amazon.” It’s an oldie, but a goodie. There are plenty of experienced and amateur growers alike that highly recommend this strain.

It’s renowned as a rapid colonizer and prolific flusher — great for commercial operations or hobbyists looking to maximize yields.

PF Classic

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This is one of several strains isolated by Professor PF — one of the O.G.s in the mushroom growing space.

Distinct characteristics of this strain are the slow maturation times — which means it takes longer for this strain to start dumping spores all over the place (usually a day or two after the veil breaks).

If you’re the type that wants to avoid getting the thick black mess of spores all over their grow room and equipment, this is a great option.

PF Redspore

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySporeworks

This is a genetic off-shoot from the P.F. Classic strain with one key difference — instead of producing the normal dark purple or black spores, this strain produces a light brown or red spore.

Everything else is the same as the P.F. Classic strain, but this is a unique strain for amateur mycologists who want something a little different to check out under the microscope.

Because of the lighter spore coloration, the gills of this mushroom is also distinctly colored.

Overall an excellent strain worth trying if you’re in need of something a little out of the ordinary.

Pink Buffalo

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySpores 101

The legend is that when this strain was collected somewhere on the island of Koh Samui from the manure of a literal pink buffalo.

Pink Buffalo has particularly large and broad caps that cover each other in a blanket of black spores. The caps themselves are lightly colored, but most harvested samples end up with a dense black color because of the dense spore distribution.

Plantasia Mystery

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This strain has a high chance of producing fatass mushrooms — they’re very short and thick-stemmed. However, you can also get some more conventional mushrooms from this strain as well.

A unique characteristic of this strain is a white trim color along with the mushroom cap.

Puerto Rican

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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The Puerto Rican Cubensis strain was discovered near the town of Canovanas, Puerto Rico.

The distinguishing factors of this strain are its large caps and thin stems.

This strain has a bit of a cult following. Users often list it as one of the stronger strains they’ve tried.

Quezon (Philippines)

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain was collected from a garden in Quezon City, Philippines, over a decade ago.

Most of the growth characteristics are considered standard for a Psilocybe cubensis, but what makes this one unique is its tendency to continue growing to ever large sizes after reaching maturity.

R44 Cubensis

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByNot currently available

This strain was originally collected and further developed by Ralphster at Ralphsters Spores. The original sample came from somewhere in the Southern United States.

Unfortunately, this strain is no longer available at Ralphsters, but it could be brought back again one day in the future.

Rosa’s

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain was collected and developed by  Pitbull from CogumelosMágicos.org — which is a Brazilian community of spore traders and mushroom cultivators.

The name is apparently a tribute to the farm owner on which the original sample was collected.

SG30

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

SG30 was essentially brought back from 30-year-old spores. An expert grower with the username Shdwstr reportedly discovered the spores in an envelope he’d been storing for nearly three decades.

He slowly rehydrated and inoculated agar plates until it started to grow again.

South African Transkei

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Sometimes this strain is sold as “South African Cubensis”; other times, it’s sold as “Transkei Cubensis” or just “Transkei.”

This could be the only strain of Psilocybe cubensis discovered in South Africa. Psilocybes are not common in this part of the world, where the climate is hot and dry for most of the year.

Fortunately, the original sample was collected by professionals who did a great job at documenting the location — which clears the air on their origins.

The sample was collected at low elevations in dung in the shade of a tree near the Indian ocean in the Transkei region of southern Africa.

South American

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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The South American Cubensis strain currently holds the record for the largest single Psilocybe mushroom ever collected. The title goes to the Shroomery user P. Menace.

This strain is notorious for its large fruit size. If your goal is to produce large statement mushrooms, this is one of the best strains to go about achieving that. Orissa India or Australian cubensis are good alternatives.

The original sample used for this strain was collected in Venezuela. Why it gained the name “South American” instead of “Venzuelan,” I’m not sure.

Stropharia

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
Sold By Ralphsters Spores, Spores 101

Stropharia is a genus of mushrooms. A few decades ago, Stropharia cubensis was a distinct species of mushroom, but it was later reclassified as a strain of Psilocybe cubensis.

Everything about this mushroom is Psilocybe cubensis, but there are some unique growth characteristics that make it reasonable to understand why mycologists believed this was a unique species prior to the introduction of modern genetic profiling.

These shrooms are dark-colored with atypical cap shapes and hollow stems.

Syzygy

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold By Ralphsters Spores

The famous psychonaut, Terence McKenna, who was instrumental in bringing psychedelics to the masses in the 80s and 90s, opened a store selling spores and psychedelic paraphernalia and books. The name of this store was Syzygy.

One of the spores he sold here had no name — this is the Syzygy strain available today.

The true origins of this strain is unknown, but it is one of the last remaining strains of McKenna’s stock.

T3

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain is named for its three distinct growth patterns, which seem to change with every flush.

The mushrooms themselves closely resemble Koh Samui, and this strain is believed to be a genetic off-shoot of this infamous strain. This is not a great strain for commercial growers, but it’s an interesting one to try if you like the idea of getting all kinds of growth patterns out of a single stock. It makes harvesting and cultivating magic mushrooms all the more interesting.

Tak Mountain Cubes

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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Tak Mountain was harvested by John Allen while traveling through Thailand.

This strain is known for its large mushroom sizes — especially on the first flush.

Tasmanian

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold BySpores 101

This strain was collected from Tasmania, a large island off the southern tip of Australia.

This strain produces nice medium to large-sized shrooms with a notoriously high potency.

Tasmania is an excellent strain for those who like to collect the spores for reproduction or microscopy. If you harvest the mushrooms with the veil attached, you can tear them off and collect a beautifully rich sample with ease. This is one of the easiest strains to collect copious amounts of spores from.

Teonanacatl

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Teonanacatl is an Aztec word that loosely translates to “divine mushroom” — a fitting name for a mushroom as potent as this one.

This strain was collected from Mexico and developed by various amateur mushroom growers over several years before being offered for sale on Ralphsters Spores.

If you like the more potent strains, this is definitely one worth trying out.

Texas

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
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This strain is known for its small but dense fruits. They have a thick stem, but the cas don’t grow very large. When drying, the lack of water content means these shrooms don’t lose much of their size. They may look smaller than other strains when picked fresh but often end up being larger by the time the drying process is complete.

Another notable characteristic is the sensitivity of this strain to light. This strain will grow no problem in complete darkness. Too much light can cause the pinheads to abort.

Thai

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This is another one of the many strains collected by Mushroom John Allen on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand.

This strain shares a lot of similarities with the Koh Samui strain but with some key differences.

The main difference is that this strain is unlikely to produce fatasses. Koh Samui is notoriously prone to short and fat mushrooms.

Thai produces round mushroom caps that gradually flatten out and can even become convex if harvested after maturity.

Tidal Wave

PotencyPotent
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
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Tidal Wave is a cross between B+ and Penis Envy. The mushrooms produced by this strain are a balance between both parent strains.

It has shorter, fatter stems like Penis Envy but a wider golden cap like B+. The potency is notably high, but not quite as high as the original Penis Envy or other Penis Envy off-shoots.

A sample of this strain won an award in the spring of 2021 for having the highest tryptamine content with a whopping 3.82% (three times higher than average).

Trans Envy

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$$
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This strain was developed by accident.

Spawn from two separate mushrooms were inadvertently mixed in the same fruiting chamber — South African Transkei and Penis Envy. Some distinctly different mushrooms were found fruiting in the resulting mixture, which was then isolated and renamed Trans Envy.

This strain has features of both mushrooms — thicker stems and increased potency from P.E. and larger mushroom size from Transkei.

Treasure Coast

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This strain has an excellent yield overall, but only if you can make it through the first flush, which is especially prone to aborts.

Be patient with this one. Once you’re through the first round, the mushrooms on this strain come through with a ton of force.

Trinity

PotencyPotent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This strain is a bit of a genetic salad. This strain was made by breeding Penis Envy and Aztec God, which was then bred with Tidal Wave. Tidal Wave itself is a mix of B+ and Penis Envy.

The growth patterns of this strain are similar to Penis Envy, which is the dominant source of genes in this particular mix. The caps are just slightly larger than the stems, and the cap color has a light golden color.

U.S. Virgin Islands

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This strain was collected and developed by Joshua — a renowned member of the mushroom cultivation community and the creator of the F+ strain.

These mushrooms are large and prolific, with nice large golden caps.

White Rabbit

PotencyVery Potent
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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This albino Psilocybe strain is a hybridization of Albino Penis Envy and Moby Dick — both of which are renowned hybrids on their own. Mony Dick is a hybridization of Golden Teacher and A+ strain).

There’s a lot of excellent genetics in this strain, which was developed by a group of cultivators in Holland.

Some people list this strain as the most potent Psilocybe cubensis strain — rivaling other prominent options, including Penis Envy and Orissa India.

Wollongong

PotencyAverage
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

Wollongong is a city in Australia on the coast just south of Sydney. This strain has been popular in Australian spore trading communities for decades but has only recently entered the North American market through Ralphsters Spores.

This is a classic Australian strain with light brown caps, large mushrooms, and tenacious colonization.

Xapuri

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
Sold ByRalphsters Spores

This strain was allegedly collected on the side of the road in Brazil while driving down the BR317. It’s a classic South American strain with a high propensity for producing very large mushrooms.

It’s not uncommon for these mushrooms to grow so large they can no longer support their weight. B.R.F. cakes often fall over when these large mushrooms protrude off one side, so keep an eye on these in the later stages of growth. If mushrooms fall over and sit in the moist substrate or perlite below, they can easily start to rot and mold.

Yeti

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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The Yeti strain was developed by a renowned mycologist that goes by the online handle “Jik Fibs.”

This strain was apparently a genetic isolation from an older strain called True Albino Teacher.

This is an albino strain that looks and feels a lot like Golden Teachers, only with a much lighter color. When the caps mature, you may notice some yellow or gold color forming on the tops of the caps.

Z-Strain

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Cost$
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Z-strain is one of the most tenacious strains you’ll find. They colonize very quickly and produce dense clusters of shrooms almost immediately when placed in the fruiting chamber.

This strain is prone to aborts, so it’s recommended for intermediate or experienced growers only. If you can crack the code for getting the Z-strain right, it’s hands down one of the best options for commercial grows or those looking to maximize yields.

Mushroom Strains Frequently Asked Questions

1. What’s The Easiest Strain To Grow?

Fortunately, virtually all Psilocybe cubensis are easy to grow. They’ll eat just about any substrate you throw at them and will produce mushrooms with minimal effort.

Many growers consider strains like Koh Samui and Golden Teachers the easiest to grow because of their resistance to contamination and rapid colonization speeds.

More difficult strains are still easy to grow, but yields may suffer if climate or substrate conditions aren’t perfect.

For example, Z-strain is easy to grow but can result in aborted pinheads more easily if the ambient temperature is too high or humidity levels are too low.

Another example is Xapuri which can produce mushrooms that are large and unstable, which could cause them to fall over if you don’t support them or use more advanced cultivation techniques.

Both of these strains will still produce plenty of high-quality mushrooms even if you don’t do everything perfectly.

2. What’s The Most Potent Magic Mushroom Strain?

The potency of magic mushrooms depends on many factors — not just the strain selection.

If grown under perfect circumstances, candidates for the most potent Psilocybe cubensis strains include:

  • Penis Envy
  • Penis Envy #6
  • Albino Penis Envy
  • Jedi Mind Fuck
  • Melmac
  • Trans Envy
  • White Rabbit

Other species of magic mushrooms, such as Panaeolus cyanescens or Psilocybe azurescens, are even more potent gram for gram than any strain of Psilocybe cubensis.

Adding a source of tryptamine to the soil has been shown to further boost the potency of psilocybin and psilocin in all magic mushrooms strains.

3. What’s The Best Cold-Tolerant Magic Mushroom Strain?

Psilocybe cubensis is more of a tropical mushroom. It thrives in warmer weather than species like Psilocybe semilanceata, Psilocybe baeocystis, or Psilocybe azurescens.

With that said, there are a few strains that have shown more cold tolerance than others.

The best cold-tolerant magic mushroom strains are Gulf Coast, Tasmanian, Argentina, and A-strain.

4. What’s The Best Heat-Tolerant Magic Mushroom Strain?

If you’re living in a more tropical location, it’s better to go with strains that were collected from tropical regions of the world. All Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms will do well in heat, but the problem comes from the fact that mold also thrives in warmer climates with high humidity.

The best strains for high heat are the ones that are used to living in environments with tropical heat-loving molds, such as Koh Samui, Thai, Amazon, Burma, Lipa Yai, and Puerto Rican.

There are likely many other heat-tolerant strains that will thrive in more tropical parts of the world too.

5. Who is Mushroom John Allen?

The name Mushroom John Allen appears a lot in this guide. He’s the original source for well over a dozen strains that are now considered staples in the mushroom cultivation scene.

Mushroom John Allen is a renowned author, ethnomycology, and artist who spent the better half of his life traveling around the world in search of new species of fungi.

He’s credited with discovering and developing the following strains:

  • Ban Hua Thanon
  • Ban Phang Ka
  • Ban Thurian
  • Burma
  • Cambodian
  • Chitwan (Nepal)
  • Hanoi
  • Kathmandu
  • Koh Samui
  • Malaysian
  • Mexican Albino
  • Tak Mountain Cubes
  • Thai

6. What Are “Albino” Mushroom Strains?

Albino strains don’t produce any pigment and are pure white in color.

There are true albinos and false albinos.

True albinos don’t have any pigment whatsoever on either the mushroom flesh or the spores. The only color the mushroom develops is a bluing reaction caused by the psilocybin and psilocin.

False albinos are isolated light-colored strains that maintain pigment in the spores or in certain areas near the top of the cap or in the stem.

There’s no real difference between an albino mushroom strain and a regular strain — they require the same growing conditions and produce more or less the same potency.

Here are some of the most prominent albino strains:

  • Albino A+
  • Albino Penis Envy
  • Albino Treasure Coast
  • Blue Meanies
  • Mexican Albino
  • White Rabbit
  • Yeti

7. How Do I Use Magic Mushroom Spores?

Once you’ve decided what strain you want to cultivate and buy the spores, they’ll arrive as either a spore print or spore syringe (sometimes called a liquid culture).

Using your new spores involves placing them into sterilized substrate jars (as outlined in our magic mushroom cultivation guide). This process is called “inoculation.” It must be done in a clean environment to limit the chances of contamination.

The general idea is to create a substrate that serves as both the food and housing for your mushrooms to grow. The substrate is sterilized to reduce competition for your mushrooms, and then the spores are injected or placed inside the jar so they can germinate and grow.

Only when the jars are fully colonized with a nice white mycelium are they moved on to the next stage, which introduces them to the ambient light and air, which causes them to start producing mushrooms.

8. Where Do Magic Mushroom Strains Get Their Name?

There’s no hard rule about what a magic mushroom strain should be named. Much like the world of cannabis, magic mushroom strains can be named anything the creator or collector wants. Sometimes the wider mushroom community will rename them (such as the stripping away of the “Keeper” brand name on Keeper’s strains.

In general, mushroom strain names come down to three main factors:

  1. Where they were first discovered — Examples include Koh Samui, Australian, Cambodian, or South America
  2. Their unique appearance — such as Penis Envy, Golden Teachers, or White Rabbit
  3. As a tribute to their collector or other influential person — such as the Menace strain, Mckennaii, Rosa’s, or Allen strain

Summarized List of Common Magic Mushroom Strains

NameCultivation DifficultyPotency
A StrainEasyAbove Average
Acadian CoastIntermediateAverage
Albino A+EasyPotent
Albino MelmacEasyPotent
Albino Penis EnvyIntermediatePotent
Albino Treasure CoastIntermediateAverage
AlcabenziEasyAbove Average
Allen StrainEasyAverage
AmazonEasyAverage
ArgentinaEasyAverage
AustralianIntermediatePotent
Aztec GodIntermediateAbove Average
B+ StrainEasyAbove Average
Ban Hua ThanonEasyAverage
Ban NathonEasyAverage
Ban Phang KaIntermediateAverage
Ban ThurianEasyAverage
Bix MexEasyAverage
Blue MeaniesEasyAbove Average
BrazilianEasyPotent
BurmaEasyAbove Average
CambodianEasyAbove Average
CampinasIntermediateAbove Average
ChileanEasyAverage
Chitwan (Nepal)IntermediateAbove Average
ColombianEasyAbove Average
ColoradoIntermediateAbove Average
CorumbaEasyAverage
Costa RicanEasyAbove Average
CreepersEasyPotent
CubanEasyAbove Average
DixielandEasyAbove Average
EcuadorEasyAbove Average
EnigmaEasyAbove Average
EscondidoEasyAverage
F+ (Florida)EasyPotent
FatassIntermediateAbove Average
Fiji CubeEasyAverage
Golden EmperorEasyAbove Average
Golden TeacherEasyAbove Average
GuadalajaraIntermediateAbove Average
Gulf CoastEasyAverage
HanoiEasyAbove Average
HawaiianEasyAverage
HillbillyEasyAverage
HonduranEasyAbove Average
Huautla (Oaxaca)EasyPotent
Jedi Mind FuckIntermediateVery Potent
Kathmandu (Nepal)EasyAbove Average
Koh SamuiEasyPotent
La PrimaveraIntermediatePotent
Lipa Yai (Thai)EasyAverage
Lizard KingIntermediateAbove Average
Malabar IndiaEasyPotent
MalaysianEasyAbove Average
Matias RomeroIntermediateAverage
MazatapecEasyAbove Average
MckenaiiEasyAbove Average
MelmacEasyVery Potent
MenaceEasyAbove Average
MestizoEasyAbove Average
Mexican AlbinoEasyAbove Average
MexicubeEasyAverage
MississippiEasyAverage
Oak RidgeEasyPotent
Orissa IndiaEasyVery Potent
Palenque MexicoIntermediatePotent
PanamaEasyAverage
ParaguayEasyAbove Average
Penis EnvyEasyVery Potent
Penis Envy #6EasyVery Potent
Penis Envy UncutEasyVery Potent
PeruEasyAbove Average
PESAEasyAbove Average
PF AlbinoEasyAbove Average
P.F. ClassicEasyPotent
PF RedsporeEasyAbove Average
Pink BuffaloEasyAbove Average
Plantasia MysteryEasyAbove Average
Puerto RicanEasyPotent
Quezon (Philippines)EasyAverage
R44 CubensisEasyAverage
Rosa’sEasyAverage
SG30EasyAbove Average
South AmericanEasyAbove Average
StrophariaEasyAverage
SyzygyEasyAverage
T3EasyAbove Average
Tak Mountain CubeEasyAverage
TapalpaEasyAbove Average
TasmanianEasyPotent
TeonanacatlEasyPotent
TexasIntermediateAbove Average
ThaiEasyAverage
Tidal WaveIntermediatePotent
Trans EnvyEasyVery Potent
Transkei (South African)EasyAbove Average
Treasure CoastIntermediateAbove Average
TrinityEasyPotent
U.S. Virgin IslandsEasyAverage
VietnameseEasyPotent
White RabbitEasyVery Potent
WollongongEasyAbove Average
XapuriIntermediateAbove Average
YetiEasyAbove Average
YosteriziiEasyAbove Average
Z-StrainIntermediateAbove Average

Key Takeaways: What Are Magic Mushroom Strains?

There’s a ton of options to choose from when it comes to magic mushrooms.

First of all, there are more than 100 individual species of magic mushrooms to choose from. By far, the most widely available and easiest to grow is Psilocybe cubensis, but Psilocybe azurescens, Psilocybe semilanceata, or Panaeolus cyanescens are also good options.

Strains refer to the individual phenotypes within a given species. There are more Psilocybe cubensis strains than any other species as these are by far the easiest to grow at home.

There’s a lot of debate about the importance of what strain to choose — all are comparable in their psychoactive effects, all are easy to grow, and all are going to produce more or less the same characteristics. Some vendors suggest some strains have more euphoric effects, stronger visuals, or other qualitative differences — but these suggestions are unreliable and vary from person to person. Your mindset going into the trip has a far greater impact on the experience than the strain selection.

The main reason you may want a specific strain over another is growth characteristics. Some people like the look of some strains over others, some are optimizing for higher yields, and others want strains that are (allegedly) going to be more potent than others.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what strain you choose. If you’re on the fence, unsure about what to order first, just go with your gut. You honestly can’t go wrong.