All Hail The Lizard King — A Potent Magic Mushroom Strain From Mexico

By Connor McElroy Last Updated: November 24, 2022
Last Updated: November 24, 2022
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The Lizard King strain is unusual for a Psilocybe cubensis strain because it was reportedly discovered growing on wood. Most Psilocybe cubensis prefer growing out of dung or decaying leaf matter. 

This strain isn’t fussy about where it grows and can thrive on various substrates. 

With above-average potency and the propensity for several vigor flushes, this is a popular strain among cubensis cultivators. However, it’s not recommended for beginners. Although Lizard King will grow on almost anything, this strain is more susceptible to contamination than other strains. 

In this article, we’ll look at this shroom’s origins, potency, spore vendors, and how to grow the lizard king strain at home.

What Are Lizard King Shrooms?

The Lizard King mushroom was named after the amateur mycologist that first discovered the strain. This anonymous mycologist uses the online username “Lizard King.” 

The infamous Lizard King is coveted for collecting several different specimens throughout Mexico.

These mushrooms are medium-sized, tanned on the cap and stem, and have above-average potency. The effects of Lizard King are said to be especially spiritual and insightful. Not much of a body high is reported, but waves of calm. Also, closed and open-eye visuals can be noted. 

Lizard King isn’t a fussy strain in terms of substrates. It’ll grow on almost anything providing the correct conditions are created. Although this strain will do well on most commonly-used cultivation substrates, it’s not easy to grow.

It’s contamination-resistant to some degree, but it can’t handle an unoptimized growing environment, as well as some other strains. A controlled environment must be created, and great care must be taken during the sterilization process regardless of the substrate used. 

Lizard King Specs

PotencyAbove Average
CultivationIntermediate
SpeciesPsilocybe cubensis
Substrate RecommendationRye Grain, Manure, BRF
Cost$$
Sold ByRalphsters, Planet Spores, The Magic Mushroom Shop

Strains vs. Species: What’s The Difference?

If you’ve read through a few of our articles, you would’ve seen that there are hundreds of different magic mushrooms out there. Many feature unique names like Lizard King, White Rabbit, Penis Envy, or Tidal Wave. 

Although there are several different species of magic mushrooms, the majority of these imaginatively-named shrooms are, in fact, the same species — Psilocybe cubensis. 

So how many varieties exist if the vast majority of magic mushrooms come from the same species?

To answer this, we have to touch on the differences between a “strain” and a “species.”

Strains are genetic variants within a single species. One species can have hundreds of different strains. Each strain may have small or large genetic differences that define them. 

Take the psilocybe cubensis species of fungi, for example. This species has hundreds of different strains that all have different traits. Some are large, others small, some may be average in potency, others will send you into outer space if you’re not careful enough with the dose. 

Species is the larger classification, referring to specimens with the same genetic makeup. Two members of any given species can mate to produce viable offspring. Two samples from different species cannot mate. 

There are hundreds of different species of magic mushrooms, including Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe aztecorum, Panaeolus cyanescens, and many more. 

History of the Lizard King Strain

The history of the Lizard King strain is limited but not non-existent. We know a fair bit about how and where this potent Psilocybe cubensis strain was found. 

The Lizard King strain gets its name from the infamous anonymous mycologist that goes by the name of “Lizard King” online. This mycologist discovered Lizard King and several other Mexicana species while roaming around in rural Northern Mexico. 

The Lizard King strain was found growing on decomposing wood. This is very strange for the Psilocybe cubensis species and perhaps one of the only strains growing on this substrate. 99% of the other cubensis strains found have been discovered growing amongst grassland, in manure, or in wetland areas. 

This unusual aspect of the Lizard King strain makes it highly intriguing. 

Lizard King Potency & Psilocybin Content

Lizard King has above-average potency. The effects of this mushroom are said to be incredibly spiritual and inward-focusing. Strong closed-eye visuals have been reported, and mild open-eye visuals are apparent at higher doses. 

Unlike most other strains, Lizard King doesn’t produce much of a body high. Waves of energy and euphoria are present, but other than this, the trip is clean and calm. This is a great strain for microdosing and light dosing while spending time in nature because it’s easy to stay relatively “normal” during the experience.

Lizard King hasn’t yet been submitted into an Oakland Hyphae Psilocybin Cup, and there’s no exact data available that displays the average psilocybin and psilocin levels of the strain. However, other similar Mexican strains, such as Mazatapec, have been tested and entered into the Psilocybin Cup.

In the 2021 Oakland Hyphae Psilocybin Cup, two samples of the strain Mazatapec were entered by cultivators “Inoculate Your Mind” and “The Healing Hustlas.” One sample had a psilocybin level of 0.88% and a psilocin level of 0.11%, and the other had a psilocybin level of 0.94% and a psilocin level of 0.20%.

Those are some pretty impressive stats. We can assume that Lizard King produces similar figures, being extremely similar to Mazatapec. However, the true figures aren’t known for Lizard King yet, so this is pure speculation.

Lizard King Dosage Guide:

  • Mild Experience: 0.75 to 1.25 grams
  • Medium Experience: 1.5 to 2.5 grams
  • Full Experience: 2.5 to 3.5 grams
  • Heroic Experience: 3.5 grams plus

Where to Buy Lizard King Spores 

Lizard King spores are now available from a variety of different online vendors. You’ll have no problem sourcing Lizard King spores from a reputable vendor regardless of whether you live in the US, UK, Canada, or Europe.

If you’re based in the United States, you’ll find Lizard King Spores for sale on Ralphsters Spores. This vendor has been around for decades and provides genetics in the form of sterile spore syringes.

If you’re living in Canada, you can purchase Lizard King spores from Planet Spores in the form of spore syringes. This vendor has also been around for a long time and has an outstanding reputation for excellence.

If you live in Europe, you’ll find Lizard King spores available from The Magic Mushrooms Shop in both spore syringes and prints. The Magic Mushrooms Shop is another fantastic vendor with a brilliant reputation.

How to Grow Lizard King Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are surprisingly easy to cultivate. With some simple equipment and techniques, you can easily grow shrooms at home. 

The Lizard King strain is a particularly simple strain to grow that doesn’t take too much effort to cultivate effectively. However, a temperature-controlled and sterile environment is key to producing good results. With this in mind, it’s probably not the best strain for the beginner grower.

Lizard king is a great strain for those cultivators that have produced shrooms a few times and understand the cultivation process. 

This strain can be grown similarly to other Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms. The best method is a cultivation technique called PF-Tek. This method involves inoculating sterile jars of the substrate with mushroom spores using a syringe. The jars are left to colonize, and the resulting mycelium cakes are transferred into a fruiting chamber.

The fruiting chamber is a translucent box with a layer of substrate lining the bottom. The chamber is left with the mycelium cakes in situ, and the temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure a stable internal environment for mushroom growth. The mycelium will begin to pin, and mushrooms will start to form.

The shrooms can then be harvested as they mature before they drop their spores. This will ensure that the mycelium can produce more mushrooms through several flushes until the colony eventually succumbs to mold growth. 

This may all sound a little complicated, but it’s surprisingly simple. If you want to learn about mushroom cultivation and PF-Tek, check out our guide on cultivating magic mushrooms.

Lizard king isn’t fussy when it comes to substrate choice. This strain will do well on Rye Grain, BRF (brown rice flour) cakes, or pasteurized manure. 

Regardless of your choice of substrate, the incubation environment must be kept between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (68 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit), and the fruiting chamber must be kept between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Other Unusual Magic Mushroom Strains

Lizard King is unusual — one, for its name and two, for the habitat it was discovered growing on (wood). 

Although there are very few Psilocybe cubensis strains that have been found growing on wood (this may be the only one), we’re not short of unusual shrooms. 

If you’re interested in cultivating a strain that’s a little more unusual than your average cube, you may be interested in these strains:

White Rabbit (WR)

White Rabbit is an albino strain of Psilocybe cubensis developed by a group of Dutch cultivators. This is a hybridization of Albino Penis Envy and Moby Dick. White Rabbit is renowned for its ghostly white looks and its incredible potency that could challenge the likes of Tidal Wave and Penis Envy. 

Surprisingly, this unusual, highly potent albino strain is remarkably easy to cultivate. It’s contamination-resistant, and with the right equipment and technique, multiple flushes of healthy shrooms can be produced.

T3 (T3)

There’s no other Psilocybe cubensis strain like T3. This strain is aptly named T3 because of its bizarre set of three distinct growth patterns that change from flush to flush.

The mushrooms closely resemble Koh Samui, and it could be a genetic offshoot of the strain. It has above-average potency and is relatively easy to grow. If you’re interested in producing several different-looking mushrooms from a single stock, T3 is the one.

Penis Envy (PE)

Penis Envy gets its name from the unusual phallic-shaped fruiting bodies it produces. It’s extremely popular for its incredible potency. It’s not a particularly easy strain to cultivate, but with some knowledge and experience, multiple flushes of high-potency shrooms can be produced. 

Penis Envy shrooms don’t shrink much when dried and hold their iconic penis shape. Every now and then, this strain produces a thick flush of true albino fruits. A few rounds of isolation on agar will reliably and consistently produce albinos. This is an interesting strain for the experienced cultivator to experiment with.

Mazatapec (MZTC)

Mazatapec was one of the very first Psilocybin cubensis strains to be brought to the western world. This was discovered in the mountainous region of Mazatapec in Mexico (hence the name). 

The fruiting bodies have large bulbous round caps and extremely long stems. Mazatapec has above-average potency and is an excellent choice for the beginner cultivator, thanks to its resistance to unoptimized growing environments.

Mexicube (MC)

Mexicube is a unique shroom in terms of looks. This strain isn’t particularly potent, but the fruiting bodies are really quite something to look at. It has spotted caps and thick golden-colored stems, making this one an interesting cultivar for the grower that’s looking for something a little out of the ordinary.

The Mexicube strain produces several dense clusters of small to medium-sized shrooms, and several flushes are possible before mold takes over, thanks to its excellent contamination resistance.

Palenque Mexico (PMEX)

Palenque Mexico is an extremely potent Mexican strain of Psilocybe cubensis. It’s pretty basic in its looks, and the fruiting bodies don’t get particularly big, but what this shroom lacks in looks, it makes up for in personality.

This strain is a fast colonizer and fruiter. However, it’s definitely not for the beginner. It’s highly susceptible to mold growth, and producing multiple flushes of healthy shrooms before the colony succumbs to mold is extremely difficult.

Final Thoughts: Lizard King Mushrooms

The Lizard King strain is unusual because it was discovered growing on wood. This resilient strain isn’t fussy in terms of substrate and, with some basic knowledge and experience, can be cultivated with great success.

Since its discovery by the infamous ethnomycologist “Lizard King,” the Lizard King strain has gained a lot of popularity among the mushroom community. Lizard King genetics are now widespread, and spore samples are readily available from various reliable vendors across the globe. 

With above-average potency and the potential to produce multiple flushes of healthy shrooms, several cultivators are attracted to this strain. Although we wouldn’t recommend Lizard king to the complete beginner, it’s perfect for the intermediate with a few grows under their belt and looking for a new and unique strain to grow.