Meet your teacher, the Golden Teacher - An in-depth look at the iconic magic mushroom strain.

Meet your teacher, the Golden Teacher - An in-depth look at the iconic magic mushroom strain.

Ms. Frizzle’s Favorite Magic Mushroom

Since the beginning of civilization, people have looked to golden statues and gods to bring wisdom and teach lessons. These golden teachers are depicted across time with the oldest reference occurring in a cave painting 9000 years ago, at Tassili n’Ajjer in Algeria

Amazingly there appears to be a correlation between these past idols and this specific P. cubensis strain. But where did this instructive magic mushroom come from?

History of the Golden Teacher

The most common type of magic mushrooms are psilocybin mushrooms and among these, the easiest to grow are P. cubensis. Golden Teacher is one of the main strains that cultivators and plant medicine practitioners prefer and it rose to popularity in the 1980s.

As early as 1906, the first records of a mushroom strain fitting the golden teacher’s description appeared. It was classified as Stropharia cubensis by Franklin Sumner Earle while in Cuba. Another mycologist, William Alphonso Murril discovers Golden Teacher, near Florida and designates it Stropharia cyanescens. Finally, in 1949 Rolf Singer reclassifies it as Psilocybe (bare head) and Cubensis (from Cuba). This was the last classification and by the 1980s it could be found growing wild around Flordia and Georgia. Nowadays it is considered one of the best beginner mushrooms for both cultivating and for journeying. Get Golden Teacher spores here.

How to Identify Golden Teacher

The most important skill to have when working with mushrooms is to be able to properly identify the strain you want. While most of the magic mushrooms of the same species share common characteristics each strain will have its own idiosyncrasies. Learning to tell these apart will help you find the right shroom for the job.

To recognize Golden Teacher we can look at the cap(top), stipe(stem), and gill (underside of the cap) color. The cap is usually an ashy red color around the outside and turns yellow and gold towards the center. This golden center is what gives this P. cubensis its name. The cap size can reach up to 3 inches but average around 2in. The stipe of the Golden Teacher is hollow and becomes thicker at the base. The gills will vary from whitish to purplish brown. If you see all of these attributes then most likely you are holding a Golden Teacher. Get a full list of attributes here.

Why Golden Teacher Is Popular

When choosing a magic mushroom to grow or experience there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration. If you are cultivating mushrooms you will want a strain that grows quickly, abundantly, and is forgiving if conditions are not perfect. The Golden Teacher meets all of these requirements. This strain of P. cubensis will fruit well on almost any substrate (growing medium) and well produce large batches each flush. Best of all after the first flush, subsequent flushes produce even larger caps making it a gift that keeps on giving.

This magic mushroom is not the fastest growing of the P. cubensis but it still produces much faster than other types of psychedelic mushrooms. For the fastest fruiting P. cubensis strains check out PES Amazonian and for the fastest colonizing mushrooms check out Ecuador.

For someone looking to enjoy mushrooms, the Golden Teacher is a great option for beginners and experienced users alike. This mushroom variety isn’t overly potent to the point where someone new will trip too hard while at the same time being more than potent enough to take you to a place where you can receive higher guidance. This strain allows for both micro-dosing and heroic-dosing so you can experience the full range of the Golden Teacher.

For a lower potency shroom try Mazatapac or for high potency check out Penis Envy. Whether you are a  grower or using shrooms Golden Teacher is a fan favorite.

Check out our in-depth guide on the Penis Envy mushroom spores

How to Best Enjoy Golden Teacher

Magic mushrooms are not always the tastiest thing we put in our mouths. Fortunately, since mushrooms have been around for literally ever there are many ways to enjoy them and reduce their unpleasant effects. As far as P. cubensis strains go, Golden Teacher mushrooms is one of the milder shrooms and so the ill effects of nausea and dizziness are rarely felt with average doses. That just leaves the taste to combat.

Two common ways to ingest mushrooms while avoiding the taste are by making tea or by using capsules. To make tea you can chop or grind the desired amount of Golden Teacher and then place it in water. Heat the water to a low simmer but never allow it to boil as that may cause the psilocybin to break down and reduce potency. Once it is simmering turn the heat off and let cool for 10 to 12 minutes. Drink and enjoy. If you want to micro-dose and do not have hours to trip you can grind the magic mushrooms into a powder and fill each capsule with your desired dosage. This is a discrete way to enjoy Golden Teacher throughout the day.

What to Expect When Using Golden Teacher

The effects of any given strain depend on how well it was cultivated and how much is ingested. If we assume an average dose of 1 gram for the average user we can expect a very mellow trip. Golden Teacher mushroom spores provide a very calming body high while providing mild visual effects. Depending on the way it was taken, it should be felt within 20 to 40 minutes. In addition to providing a mellow trip, this strain of P. cubensis also lasts less time then other more potent varieties with an average trip lasting only  2 to 4 hours. It is great for beginners and those that lack the time needed for longer trips.

From a plant medicine perspective, the Golden Teacher represents a guide that will bring you clarity and lessons that only your higher self can demonstrate. When you fully embrace the magic mushroom and dose yourself at a level that lets you fully immerse yourself in the journey you have the opportunity to get great insight into your life and problems. Another great thing that Golden Teacher can aid in is it can empower cerebral flexibility. This is especially useful to help an individual replace old harmful habits with new healthy ones.

If you take a moderate to a high dose of this magic mushroom you can expect to find wisdom that you can apply to your life. If that wisdom happens to involve changing harmful habits, then Golden Teacher can be used to help you safely and sanely break those habits and build better ones. All of this with little to no nausea or disorienting effects. It is very easy to see why Golden Teacher is a popular P. cubensis strain.

How Can I Get Golden Teacher Spores

At Eden Shrooms our spores are of the highest quality and vitality. We select only the best mushrooms to collect spores from and make sure they are stored in optimal conditions constantly.

Our Golden Teacher spores are one of our best-selling and favorably reviewed P. cubensis strains. Follow the link above and place an order to receive your kit. Each Kit includes 10CC Psilocybe Cubensis spore solution in luer-lok syringe and 1 x sterile 18ga blunt-tipped needle.

Get more information on ordering Golden Teacher spores here.

Remember, psychedelic mushroom spores are for research and microscopy only. Please do not inoculate grains or other substrates with our Magic Mushroom Spores. The subsequent mycelia and fruiting bodies that will be produced will contain psilocybin and/or psilocin, which are active substances that are classified as Schedule I drugs.

Final Thoughts on Golden Teacher Mushrooms

Sometimes in life, we all need to unlock information that only we have for ourselves. While there are many coaches and mentors that can help you ask the right questions, there is only one teacher that can give you the right answer, the Golden Teacher. This P. cubensis strain is easy to grow in most substrates and can withstand poorer conditions. It can colonize in 2 to 3 weeks and provides growers with multiple, heavy flushes.

From a partaker’s side, the Golden Teacher is a great entry psychedelic and allows for ease of dosing for desired results. There are few negative physical effects and the high is mellow and calming. The visions are insightful and not too intense and the whole experience can leave a person ready for new and better things. It can be taken as a tea to reduce the bad taste or as a pill to allow micro-dosing throughout the day.

There are very few plant medicines that are as popular as the P. cubensis strain of magic mushrooms. Even amongst the many varieties of P. cubensis few are as beloved and highly regarded as the Golden Teacher. The artwork dating back as far as recorded civilization goes shows that this mushroom was important and the fascinating scientific studies affirm that the Golden Teacher is one magic mushroom you must try.