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Maria Sabina & Her Contribution to Magic Mushrooms

Maria Sabina, a Mazatec curandera (healer) from Mexico, is known for her contributions to the world of mycology, specifically magic mushrooms. Maria Sabina's legacy is deeply rooted in the traditional use of psilocybin mushrooms, which were used by indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Her perspective and insights have defined our earliest understandings of these organisms, so much so that many consider her as the "Godmother of Shrooms". This is her story...


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Maria Sabina's Story

Maria Sabina grew up in a region where magic mushrooms were an important part of the culture. She was born in 1894 in the Sierra Mazateca region of Oaxaca, Mexico, an area that was very wild and un-spoiled in that time. She learned about the healing properties of Psilocybe mushrooms from her grandparents, who were also curanderos. According to her, the mushrooms were "sacred children" who could bring spiritual insight and healing to those who consumed them.


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Through years of wild identification, cultivation, moderate-to-heavy dosing, and guiding those who consume them, Maria became what many would call an "expert" in Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms, as well as with many other types of Psilocybe mushrooms. She was the first "boots-on-the-ground" expert that the west knew about, and definitely the first to be reached-out to by western scientists. 

In the early 20th century, Western researchers were exposed to the concept of psilocybin and became interested in magic mushrooms, studying their properties like never before. In 1955, Robert Gordon Wasson, a banker and amateur mycologist, traveled to Oaxaca to meet with Maria Sabina and experience the effects of the mushrooms firsthand. His knowledge and access to the mushrooms were provided by, of course, Maria. 

Wasson's article about his experience, which was published in Life Magazine in 1957, brought international attention to the use of magic mushrooms in indigenous cultures. Fast forward to 2023, and legislation is changing, industry is evolving, and magic mushrooms are a central talking point in mainstream society. You can even buy their spores! Maria Sabina became famous for her role in introducing these mushrooms to the Western world, and is credited for introducing them "the right way" with an attention on their uses, not in commercializing them. 

María Sabina, Mazatec shamaness of psilocybin
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 Contributions to the World of Magic Mushrooms

Maria Sabina's contribution to the world of magic mushrooms was significant. She was a pioneer in introducing the traditional use of these mushrooms to the West and helped to popularize their use as a tool for spiritual exploration.

She was also a key figure in the development of the modern psychedelic movement. The work of researchers like Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna was inspired by her teachings and experiences.

Maria Sabina's legacy continues to influence the world of magic mushrooms today. Her teachings have been passed down through generations of healers, and her role in bringing these mushrooms to the West is still celebrated.

Disclaimer: We offer Psilocybin mushroom spores intended for microscopy and taxonomy purposes only. Images & Text provided are for informational and educational reference only and originate from cultivators and labs outside of the USA. Buying magic mushroom spores is legal in the United States. However, cultivation of magic mushrooms, which includes all psilocybin and psilocin containing mushroom species, is illegal in many countries, including the United States. Please check your local regulations to ensure that you are following the law properly.