The Aztecs were known for their use of hallucinogenic fungi — archeologists have uncovered numerous depictions of mushrooms positioned as some form of sacrament around ancient burial sites in Mexico and Central America.
While pre-colonial civilizations most definitely did not use the strain sold as Aztec God today, the name is fitting due to the particularly potent hallucinogenic profile of this Psilocybe cubensis strain.
We can’t promise you’ll come face to face with some form of ancient Aztec entity when taking these shrooms — but we can’t promise you won’t either.
What Are Aztec God Shrooms?
Aztec God shrooms are a specific strain of magic mushrooms belonging to the genus and species Psilocybe cubensis. These cubes come from Central America and Southern Mexico — although their history is somewhat cloudy and hotly debated.
Many ancient civilizations throughout Central America consumed magic mushrooms for religious and spiritual purposes. It’s most likely the ancient shrooms these cultures consumed belonged to a different species entirely — either Psilocybe aztecorum or Psilocybe caerulescens.
In any case, the strain we have today referred to as Aztec God is notoriously potent, earning their epic name. These shrooms are known to contain high concentrations of psilocybin, which is the active ingredient in all species of magic mushrooms (along with the related compounds psilocin and baeocystin).
Aztec God Shroom Specs
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Strains vs. Species: What’s The Difference?
The term “strain” refers to a genetically-isolated sample within a particular species. All strains within a species are genetically identical but possess distinct phenotypical patterns — such as the size of the cap or stem, the psilocybin content, rhizome growth patterns, coloration, and more.
For example, Golden Teachers have a relatively thin stem, a rounded, medium-sized cap, and an average concentration of psilocybin in most cases. Penis Envy shrooms, on the other hand, have rather thick stems and smaller, bulbous caps, as well as a significantly higher level of the psychedelic compound, psilocybin. These represent two different strains, but they belong to the same species — Psilocybe cubensis — meaning they have the same genetic makeup.
Strains are used throughout the plant kingdom. Virtually all plants or fungi of importance to humans are available in a wide variety of individual strains. For example, there are plenty of cannabis strains we could name — like Northern Lights, Strawberry Cough, and Fire Kush. Similarly, there are different strains of kratom — like White Elephant and Green Borneo — and kava — like Melo Melo and Hiwa.
History of Aztec God Shrooms
As the name suggests, Aztec God shrooms were isolated from wild shrooms growing in Central America, specifically in Paso de Cortes in Mexico, in the mountains just south of Mexico City. The first mention of this strain comes from Roger Heim. Heim, a French mycologist, discovered and isolated the strain in 1956 from the Popocatepetl mountains in Mexico.
There is some evidence — mostly in cave paintings, statues, and exploration reports from European explorers — ancient civilizations and more modern ones for religious and spiritual purposes used that magic mushrooms. Specifically, Bernardino de Sahagun, an explorer from Spain, made reference to “teonanacatl,” or the “flesh of the gods.” These references and statues discovered in Mexico seem to confirm that magic mushrooms were a rather important part of Central American culture for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
It’s improbable that today’s Aztec God strain is related to the wild strains used by these civilizations. However, strains change constantly in the wild, and many can proliferate in the same geographical area.
That said, the Aztec God strain is a favorite among shroom users looking for a deeply introspective and spiritual experience. It has relatively high levels of psilocybin and produces a rather intense trip that leaves the user feeling connected to the world around them.
Aztec God Potency & Psilocybin Content
The Aztec God strain is known for having higher than average potency — somewhere around 0.75% psilocybin and 0.20% psilocin (1.15% total). For reference, the average is around 0.8–1 total tryptamine content.
With that said, it’s notoriously difficult to pinpoint the specific potency of mushroom strains because of how much they’re affected by factors like growing and storage conditions.
Even samples taken from different parts of the same mycelial culture have been found to have widely varying psilocybin levels. Likewise, samples tested of the same strain grown in different conditions can also vary significantly.
It’s important to take the potency recommendations of mushroom strains with a grain of salt.
One of the early specimens of the Aztec God strain was noted to have a much lower potency than mentioned above — just 0.20% psilocybin. This reading was taken by Heim and Hoffman, the two men who originally isolated the strain, but it was reportedly taken on an old specimen.
We often turn to the results from Oakland Hyphae’s Psilocybin Cup for more accurate and more recent psilocybin content readings. However, the Aztec God strain is relatively uncommon, and there were no entries for this strain in the 2021 Cup.
Where to Buy Aztec God Shroom Spores
Unfortunately, Aztec God shrooms aren’t nearly as popular as many other strains, so spore syringes or prints can be hard to find. However, a few places sell these spores for those looking to cultivate this ancient strain.
If you live in the United States, your best bets are Sporeslab, Mushy, and Spore Buddies. At the time of writing, all three of these suppliers had Aztec God spores in stock. You can also check Ralphsters Spores, although this strain isn’t always carried.
PsiloLab in the Netherlands is a great source for Aztec God shroom spores in Europe, as they are commonly in stock there. For updated availability, you can also check out Viking Spore and The Magic Mushrooms Shop.
How to Grow Aztec God Shrooms
Most magic mushroom strains are similar in the cultivation process, but the specifics can vary a bit. When it comes to the Aztec God strain, wood is the preferred substrate because this strain originally grew on trees in the mountain ranges of Mexico. Additionally, since these shrooms originally grew at high elevations in the mountains, some people believe they require higher elevations to be cultivated successfully.
However, growing shrooms on wood logs is often more challenging than using other sterilized substrates. Since many people cannot grow at higher elevations, we’ll detail the easier process below that can be done anywhere. You can check out our complete mushroom growing guide for more information.
Step 1: Get Your Substrate Ready
First, you need to mix your substrate. A good alternative to wood is rye grain or brown rice flour. Mix 2 parts of either of these with 2 parts vermiculite and 1 part water. Fill a mason jar up to about ¾” below the rim with this mixture, then top off with dry vermiculite.
Step 2: Sterilize Your Substrate
Next, cover the mason jar with tin foil and place it in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Keep it above 121 degrees F for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3: Inoculation
Next, sterilize the room where you plan to carry out inoculation. This step is crucial to get right, as it is the most likely point where your shroom culture can become contaminated. Introduce your shroom spores to your substrate.
Step 4: Incubation & Colonization
Keep the sealed mason jar between 70 and 80 degrees, above 85% humidity, and in the dark. Maintain these parameters until the entire substrate is covered in white mycelium.
Step 5: Fruiting
Once the mycelium has overtaken the substrate, you can introduce it to your fruiting chamber. Keep this above 85% humidity as well and between 50 and 65 degrees F. Your shrooms should start to produce fruiting bodies in just a few days.
Step 6: Harvest
When the veil on the bottom of the shrooms breaks, it’s time to harvest. You should be able to get 2 to 4 flushes out of your Aztec God shrooms, but keep an eye out for mold, which is a clear sign that you need to ditch everything. If you find that you’re stuck between flushes, you can introduce your shrooms to an ice bath for 20 minutes or so before returning them to the fruiting chamber.
Similar Strains: Aztec God
Aztec God shrooms were initially collected around the lush forested mountains of Paso de Cortes in Southern Mexico. It shares a lot of similarities with other strains collected from the same regions. There are also a variety of separate species that come from Southern Mexico and other areas of Central America.
Mazapatec shrooms are considered one of the most similar strains to Aztec Gods. Not only do they hail from the same region — Mexico — but they’re also known to produce a highly spiritual and introspective experience for users. They’re a bit on the challenging side to cultivate as well, which is another similarity they have with Aztec Gods.
San Isidro Shrooms
San Isidro shrooms hail from South America, specifically from the San Isidro region in Argentina near Buenos Aires. These shrooms are known to produce a powerful spiritual effect with strong visuals, not unlike the Aztec God strain.
Oaxaca is located just a few hundred kilometers South of Paso de Cortes but is notably more humid. The Oaxaca shroom strain (sometimes called Huautla mushrooms instead) was collected from this region is markedly different than the Aztec God strain — they’re more potent and tend to produce smaller mushrooms in thick clusters.
Little Birds Shrooms
Little Birds shrooms — Psilocybe hoogshagenii — make up a separate species of magical mushroom believed to have been used by ancient civilizations in Mexico. These shrooms are also native to Mexico, specifically the San Agustin Loxicha region. They are far more difficult to find, but they’re believed to produce particularly spiritual experiences comparable to the Aztec God strain.
The Psilocybe caerulescens species is thought to be one of the mushrooms used by early shamans in Central America and Mexico.
It’s unlikely you’ll find either the spores or the dried mushrooms from this species because they’re not very potent compared to the more common Psilocybe cubensis. The psilocybin content is somewhere around 0.2% total.
However, if you live near the Sierra Madre mountains, where these mushrooms thrive, you might have some luck foraging for these unique and traditional mushies.
Final Thoughts: Aztec God Shrooms
The Aztec God strain has a long and rich history (and an epic name), which explains why this strain is so sought after in the community. Aztec God lives up to their name — they’re highly potent and seem to have an affinity for inducing spiritual visions during the experience.
Aztec Gods are somewhat challenging to cultivate, especially since they seem to prefer wood substrates and high elevations. Many people report success with this mushroom while using manure with wood chips mixed in, but you can also grow them with all the usual substrates, too — just don’t expect to get particularly abundant harvests with these other substrates.