Burma Cubensis: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Magic Mushroom

Jenné Marley Last Updated: August 29, 2022 Print

Burma mushrooms have an above-average potency level and high psilocybin content, making a dream-like trip filled with visual and auditory hallucinations. 

Burma magic mushrooms are a good choice for psychonauts looking for a playful, sensational journey through the cosmos. 

Learn about the history of Burma strain mushrooms, potency, and genetic relatives of the strain. Plus, find out where to buy Burma spores and how to grow your own Burma magic mushrooms at home.

Take a trip to another dimension in this ultimate guide to the Burma mushroom strain.

What Are Burma Shrooms?

Burma mushrooms are potent and offer an intense, trippy high. The Burma strain is a good option for experienced trippers, not necessarily for beginner psychonauts, since it’s one of the stronger strains available today. 

Burma or Burmese shrooms have an above-average potency. Though this particular mushroom strain isn’t known for heady, insightful, self-reflective mushroom experiences that promote self-actualization as psychedelics are often known for [1]. Rather, Burma shrooms are playful, adventurous, and vivid. 

Burma mushrooms tend to be fairly easy to grow, and it’s a strain that grows quickly; colonizing Burma mushrooms on substrate takes only a few days!

Burma Strain Specs:

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationEasy
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Substrate RecommendationManure
Cost$
Sold ByKosmic Kitchen, Quality Spores, Sacred Mushroom Spores, Shaman Mushroom Spores, Shroom Bros Sporeslab, Spore Store, Sporeworks

History of Burma Mushrooms

The Burma strain originates from Southeastern Asia in its namesake, Burma, a country between Thailand and India. 

The Burma mushroom strain was said to be collected by a Thai student from buffalo dung found in a rice paddy. Stories suggest that the original Burma mushroom was collected from just outside of Yangon, then Rangoon, a border village between Thailand and Burma, now known as Myanmar.

The student gifted a sample of the mushroom to John W. Allen, a true mushroom pioneer that has been credited for discovering many Psilocybe mushrooms and bringing them to the West in the late 1990s.

It’s said Allen grew only one flush of the Burma mushrooms and propagated the original spores, proliferating them throughout the globe.

According to anecdotal commentary from John Allen himself, Burma strain spores and many other strain spores that are sold online today originated from Allen’s South East Asia discoveries and propagation. 

Burma Potency & Psilocybin Content

Burma is a highly potent psychedelic mushroom strain. It’s known for powerful, heady trips and intergalactic expeditions. (If you’re curious about other strains, take a look at this Magic Mushroom Strain Guide.)

Burma shrooms belong to the Psilocybe cubensis species, which means it is moderately potent according to Paul Stamet’s Psilometric Scale of Comparative Potency. The Burma magic mushroom strain is usually reported at above-average potency compared with other strains from the Psilocybe cubensis species. 

Most users say that Burma mushrooms don’t create deeply philosophical or cerebral kinds of trips. Rather, a voyage with Burma mushrooms is euphoric and dreamy with reportedly intense hallucinogenic qualities. 

The psilocybin and psilocin content of mushrooms depends on the growth factors, and the Burma strain is no exception. Since Burma mushrooms prefer equine dung and enriched soils as substrate, you can ensure the greatest possible psilocybin content and potency of your Burma shrooms by inoculating dung-enriched soil with Burma spores. 

Burma magic mushrooms are strong contenders when it comes to trippiness. 

Most recently, during the 2021 Psilocybin Cup, the Burma strain took home two winning positions. Blackstar Mycology presented an ‘Albino Burma’ sample containing more than 1.4% total tryptamines (psilocybin, psilocin, and a few others). The HSSS Cultivation Coalition presented the ‘D2 Burma’ sample cultivated from a traditional Burma strain that contained closer to 0.6% tryptamines. 

Its parent species, Psilocybe cubensis, took home at least five wins in the form of golden teacher cultivars, including three variations of ‘Golden Teacher’ by Allied Community Partners, ‘Happy Cap’ by PsillyBoys, and ‘GT’ by HSSS Cultivation Coalition. 

This information suggests that Burma is a pretty potent option for psychedelic fans to enjoy a journey into the time-space continuum. 

Burma Variations & Genetic Relatives

Burma strain shrooms overlap relative potency and growth patterns with other strains collected from tropical regions of Southeast Asia. A few examples include the Cambodian, Koh Samui, and Vietnam strains. 

Where to Buy Burma Spores

Although Burma mushrooms are said to have been collected only one time in the wild, Burma mushroom spores were well preserved and are now readily available across the globe.

Thanks to John Allen’s sample, Burma mushroom spores can be found online from many major mushroom spore retailers. 

For US-based mushroom enthusiasts, you can acquire Burma spores for research and collection purposes from Sacred Mushroom Spores or Spore Store and Burma mushroom syringes from Shaman Mushroom Spores or Sporeworks. 

Burma shroom spore syringes can also be found from Quality Spores for shipping in the U.S.

Canadian residents can order White Burma mushrooms from Shroom Bros or Burma genetics from Sporeslab

European mushroom fans can find the Burma spore prints from Kosmic Kitchen

Similar Strains to Burma Shrooms

There are several magic mushroom strains that have similar qualities to Burma mushrooms that create potent and dreamy hallucinations without the intense introspective experience. 

Here are a few options if you’re looking for a silly-cybin high:

Lipa Yai 

The Lipa Yai strain, also from Thailand, is known to be above average when it comes to potency, and like Burma strain mushrooms, it is easy to grow. Like Burma magic mushrooms, Lipa Yai grows well in humid environments and colonizes quickly. 

Amazon Shrooms

Amazon Shrooms may be from a completely different continent, but they’re as easy to grow as Burma mushrooms. This strain colonizes quickly and is mold resistant. 

They are potent and have high psilocybin content, like Burma mushrooms, though they tend to be more thought-heavy than hallucination-heavy.

Pink Buffalo Mushrooms

The Pink Buffalo strain of mushrooms was also found in the South Pacific regions of Asia on the Bay of Bengal. According to folklore, the psychedelic Pink Buffalo shrooms were picked directly from the dung of a pink buffalo. 

Like Burma mushrooms, they’re a strain of the species Psilocybe cubensis.

Koh Samui Super Strain

KSSS shrooms, short for Koh Samui Super Strain, much like Thai Koh Samui Mushrooms, KSSS shrooms come from the exotic island off of the Bay of Bengal coast of Thailand. 

Like Burma mushrooms, Koh Samui Super Strain shrooms are fast-growing, fairly easy to grow, and contaminant resistant.

What’s interesting about this strain is that they may originate from a different species than the Burma mushrooms, the Psilocybe samuiensis species.

Cambodian

Like the Burma mushroom, this strain comes from a humid climate in the southern Pacific. Named after the country where it was first collected, the Cambodian shroom strain is potent and easy to grow, just like Burma mushrooms.  

It comes from the same classification species as Burma shrooms, Psilocybe cubensis, and has a similar high tryptamine content averaging around 1.2%.

How to Grow Burma Mushrooms

Like most psilocybin mushrooms, Burma mushrooms can be grown from spore prints or spores from a syringe directly on the substrate. 

Burma mushrooms are considered easy to grow because they are resilient against mold and fast growing.

One of the most important aspects of growing mushrooms is keeping everything sterile. If you’re going to grow shrooms in your house, it could be easier to use a mushroom grow kit vs. setting up an entire sterile workspace or buying expensive equipment. 

Try one of these top 5 mushrooms grow kits.  

There are six basic steps to grow Burma mushrooms or any other species or strain of mushrooms. 

Here’s a brief step-by-step guide to growing mushrooms:

1. Set Up the Substrate 

The substrate is the material on which the mycelium —the body of the mushroom organism— grows. 

Some mushroom strains prefer rye grain, while others prefer dung or wood chips for a substrate. Burma mushrooms tend to grow best on equine dung and enriched soils, but most Psilocybe cubensis strains grow just fine on rye grain, so don’t worry about using manure to grow your magic mushrooms. 

Interestingly, the substrate is not just a ‘house’ for the body of the mycelium; it’s also a food source. This means you’ll need to add a form of nutrition to the substrate. Vermiculite is the go-to choice for feeding shrooms.  

Mix rye grain, vermiculite, and water at a 2:2:1 ratio and put it in a sealable container. Fill the container almost to the top with the mixture, then top it off with another layer of vermiculite.

2. Sterilize 

Heat the sealed container with the substrate in a pressure cooker for about a half hour at the steam sterilization and disinfection temperature of 121°C or 250°F. 

3. Inoculate the Substrate

Once you’ve got a sterile substrate, you can apply Burma mushroom spore specimens or a syringe to fertilize the substrate with the mushroom strain. Work in a sterile space and reseal the container once you’ve inoculated it. 

4. Incubate (Colonize)

This stage is a waiting game. With the substrate inoculated, now the mycelium network needs time to grow. Make sure the incubation space is humid, dark, and cool. Psilocybe cubensis thrive in high humidity, low light, and mild temperatures. 

5. Fruit

Now that the mycelium has taken over and eaten the vermiculite, the substrate needs airflow. Make some holes or slits in your container. The air will penetrate, and the mycelium will begin to produce magic mushroom ‘fruits.’ 

6. Harvest Mushrooms & Let Them Dry

Burma mushrooms will produce tall, skinny brown or gold-capped fruiting bodies (mushrooms.) When they’re full size, harvest them by separating the stem from the substrate. Let them dry out in a cool space, and store shrooms until you’re ready for interplanetary takeoff! 

If you’re serious about growing shrooms, gather a few extra pointers about growing magic mushrooms the easy way before you start. 

Strains vs. Species: What’s The Difference?

Strains and species are two different classifications used to describe organisms and plants. 

Species are groups of similar organisms within a genus and have biochemical, phenotypic, or DNA relatedness. Conversely, strains are classified based on overall genetic similarity [2].

Species are a more all-encompassing classification than strains. They describe organisms that share the same genetic makeup. A species is a biological group that can reproduce to create fertile offspring that can also go on to reproduce.

Strains are a more specific classification. Strains are considered to be subtypes of a species that represent a particular genetic variation. When strains are pollinated, they reproduce fertile offspring that share the same genetics. 

Understanding Strains & Species

This point can be illustrated by comparing species and strain classification systems to other living organisms. 

Almost all domesticated pet dogs come from the Canis familiaris species. However, within this species, we know there are at least 200 genetic variations of the species. Although for dogs, these species subtypes (genetic variants) are called breeds, the concept applies in the same way to mushroom subtypes, called strains.

Species, thus, are an umbrella term to describe a particular category of an organism, as with psychoactive mushrooms, the Psilocybe cubensis species. Within this species of psychedelic mushrooms, the shrooms can be cultivated for specific variations, called strains, like the Burma strain, Penis Envy, Yeti strain, etc.

Scientists, mycologists, mushroom lovers, and psychonauts are constantly cross-cultivating strains to develop unique genetic variations or hone in on particular attributes of certain mushroom types. 

Specific strains are usually cultivated because they produce particular desirable features. In the case of dog breeds (strains) certain dogs perform particular actions, have a particular disposition, or a particular coloring. In the case of mushroom strains, they may be cultivated for a particular psychedelic quality, growth pattern, or appearance. 

Many psychedelic mushrooms are cultivated specifically for their intense visual hallucination-inducing properties, which can be elementary to complex [3]. On the other hand, some psychedelic mushrooms are cultivated because they do not induce intense visual hallucinations but rather have powerful introspective effects. It’s up to the individual psychedelic explorer to determine which type of strain appeals to their unique needs in the astral realm. 

If you’re new to psychedelics, you may want to start with gentler strains that will not send you to the other side of the universe to get a feel for psychedelic travels. 

If you’re an experienced psychonaut, you could enjoy a strain that is above average in potency and contains high quantities of psilocybin or psilocin. 

Final Thoughts: Burma Mushrooms

Burma mushrooms may have been discovered by chance, but as soon as they made a debut in the known psychedelic mushroom world, they held their spot as a crowd favorite.

The Burma mushroom strain is part of the species Psilocybe cubensis, one of the most common psychedelic mushroom species, both potent and easy to grow.

This strain was first collected in Burma, now Myanmar, by a student and sent to amateur mycologist John W. Allen. He quickly made spore prints, stored the genetics, and today we can thank him for helping to proliferate Burma mushrooms across the globe.

This strain of shrooms offers a fun, magical experience for psychonauts and colonizes quickly. Since it’s part of the Psilocybe cubensis species, it can grow easily on rye grain, though Burma mushrooms prefer equine dung and enriched soils. 

Like most mycelium, Burma strain mushrooms love high humidity and cool temperatures during cultivation. Still, Burma mushrooms are known to take off pretty quickly when it comes to incubation and colonization. 

Burma shrooms are for you if you’re looking for potent magic mushrooms with high psilocybin content, strong visual hallucinations, and a dream-like experience. 

The good news is that you don’t have to go all the way to Myanmar to get them; order online from Shaman Mushroom Spores or Shroom Bros.

Burma shrooms will give experienced psychonauts a great trip, packed with tons of visuals without the complex, heady vibe.


References

  1. Rodríguez Arce, José Manuel, and Michael James Winkelman. “Psychedelics, Sociality, and Human Evolution.” Frontiers in psychology vol. 12 729425. 29 Sep. 2021.
  2. Baron EJ. Classification. In: Baron S, editor. Medical Microbiology. 4th edition. Galveston (TX): University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; 1996. Chapter 3. 
  3. Teeple, Ryan C et al. “Visual hallucinations: differential diagnosis and treatment.” Primary care companion to the Journal of clinical psychiatry vol. 11,1 (2009): 26-32.