One of the rarest magic mushrooms in the world has a rather unique look. It looks strikingly similar to a human penis, hence the name penis envy mushrooms. With a bulbous cap and thick stem, this fallic looking mushroom may resemble the human penis, but that is just one of many characteristics that makes this psychedelic mushroom extra special.
Penis envy shrooms are one of the most popular magic mushrooms mostly due to their potency and rarity. It contains relatively high levels of psilocybin and psilocin compared to other P. cubensis strains, both of which contribute to intense visual hallucinations, and a highly euphoric trip experience.
One of the reasons these shrooms are harder to grow and more potent is because it takes a longer time for them to mature, much longer than other magic mushrooms. Expect longer colonization times when cultivating Penis Envy mushrooms. The mycelium grows slowly but is highly rhizomorphic and strong. On top of all that, this strain doesn’t produce as many spores as other mushroom strains, which contributes even more to its rarity.
What Type of Mushroom is Penis Envy?
Penis envy (PE) is the colloquial name for a particular strain of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, it’s one of the most prized psychoactive magic mushrooms in the world. While this group of species are similar in psychoactive effect and are widespread due to ease of indoor growing, PE mushrooms are among the strongest and more difficult to cultivate Psilocybe cubensis strains out there.
What Does The Penis Envy Look Like?
Since you now know this magical mushroom resembles the human penis, let’s talk about the colors. Most penis envy will usually range from a light tan to a darker brown, with variations amongst the different types. Due to its popularity you’ll find many variations and hybrids of the original variety. Albino penis envy, or blue penis envies, for example is a variation of the original in which a mutant strain was isolated and refined to produce a predominantly white and gray mushrooms with pronounced bluing of the caps and stems.
As with all psilocybin-containing mushrooms, it’s common for them to have blue bruising on the stem, this is often used to identify high psilocybin and psilocin content. They are also identifiable by their underdeveloped cap and the absence of a veil separating the cap and stem.
How Many Varieties of Penis Envy Shrooms Are There?
There are different varieties of these mushrooms, and they have distinctive physical characteristics. This is why you have to be careful where you buy penis envy mushroom spores. Despite the illegality of psilocybin mushrooms in certain jurisdictions, there are many distinct mushroom strains available today, distinguished by their crossbred genetics and physical characteristics.
The most commonly known penis envy varieties include:
- Albino Penis Envy: Aka blue penis envy. This strain is a slightly smaller hybrid with the albino A+ strain, with caps that may be tinged a deep blue.
- Albino Penis Envy Revert: This one is a stablized mutant substrain of the albino penis envy. To maintain genetic integrity, this revert strain is mainly propagated by cloning via tissue culture and live culture techniques. When taken to maturity, it not only produces very few spores, it also may not produce genetically consistent results through multi-spore propagation.
- Penis Envy Uncut: Known to be the most potent PE variety, it was named Uncut for having longer caps that tend to adhere to the stem, resembling a… well you already know.
- Penis Envy #6: This is a penis envy hybrid with a Texas cubensis developed for increased spore production. When cultivated, PE6 will often produce mushrooms that lack the physical characteristics and potency of the original penis envies. The main advantages of PE#6 are that it is easier to grow, and produces a lot more spores than any other Penis Envy strain.
- Trans Envy: This hybrid uses the South African Transkei strain, it has slightly thinner stems than other PE varieties but is less potent.
- Melmac (Homestead): Melmac is reported to be the original variety isolated by Rich Gee while he was working for Homestead Mushrooms.
It’s important to note that Albino penis envy mushrooms may also be known as blue penis envy due to the bluish bruising that occurs when they are handled even lightly, or all on their own which is considered an indicator of their high psilocin content. Albino penis envies are highly desired for their strong hallucinogenic properties.
Does Blue Penis Envy Grow Naturally?
As far as we know, blue penis envy and other penis envy strains don’t grow naturally. Rather, these mushrooms are grown only by mycologists in a mycology lab, and by psychedelic mushroom enthusiasts in a home mushroom grow set-up. This strain is the product of multiple recessive mutations from a spore print of Psilocybe cubensis allegedly found deep within the Amazon rainforest.
While other cubensis strains are among the most naturally ubiquitous, the only surefire way to get your hands on some true penis envy mushrooms is to cultivate them yourself from high-quality spores of proven genetics from spore suppliers like Eden Shrooms.
History of Psilocybe Cubensis Mushrooms
As one of the most common magic mushrooms, the history of Psilocybin cubensis largely follows that of psilocybin mushrooms as a whole.
Humans have been experimenting with mind-altering psilocybin mushrooms for thousands of years. We’ve found evidence of their use in special ceremonies through fungus-like iconography discovered in ancient artworks from all across the globe.
Most people point to a 1957 Life magazine article titled "Seeking the Magic Mushroom" as to when magical mushrooms went mainstream. It was likely the first appearance they had in the West. In the article, Robert Gordon Wasson recounted his trip to Mexico where he found and ate a psychedelic fungus identified by Heim as Psilocybe cubensis.
Since then, several studies and reports have been published over the years. Thousands of doses of psilocybin were given in clinical trials for the next decade-and-a-half, not to mention recreationally, up until the worldwide ban under the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances was passed in 1971.
The Interesting History of The Penis Envy Mushrooms
Penis envy mushrooms are said to have been discovered by ethnobotanist and psychedelic advocate Terence McKenna, although the details of this find are vague.
According to legend, in the early 1970s McKenna found a massive, healthy patch of psychedelic mushrooms deep within the Amazon rainforest thanks to several local guides. Lastly, he carried his discoveries back to the United States undetected by using spore prints from the culture and sandwiched them between microscopic slides labeled with a different genus name.
One such spore print he gave to his colleague Steven H. Pollock, a medical doctor and fellow believer in the potential of psychedelic plant medicines. Over several years, Pollock refined this culture by selectively fruiting mushrooms from generation to generation until he found one mutation, with an exceptionally thick stem and pallid cap, that could reliably propagate its recessive genetic characteristics. Thus, the penis envy mushroom strain was born.
Penis Envy Mushrooms Potency vs Other Magic Mushrooms
While some would classify that all Psilocybe cubensis strains have some level of potency, penis envy mushrooms are consistently higher than that of any other Psilocybe cubensis strains. In fact, they are considered to be the most potent of all magic mushrooms. Some papers have suggested that it may have up to 50% higher concentrations of the psychoactive ingredients psilocybin and psilocin.
Based on anecdotal reports, users’ experiences under penis envy cubensis can be comparable to those occasioned by more potent psychedelic substances such as DMT or LSD.
While everyone’s experience is going to be different, most experiences generally last between four to five hours. Typical effects include euphoria, synesthesia, temporal distortion, changes in visual perception, and profound spiritual introspection.
Penis Envy Cultivation (Learning The Terminology)
As with any hobby or field of study, mushroom cultivation has its own vernacular. The majority of this vernacular is the same across most mushroom species, but different species can feature distinct anatomical differences. The following terms and phrases are useful to know when cultivating mushrooms.
Penis Envy Pins
In short, there’s nothing unique to say about Penis Envy pins. The term “pins” is not specific to Penis Envy mushrooms, it’s an abbreviation of the term “pinhead,” this is a word cultivators use to describe the small and earliest visible mushroom formations.
Penis Envy Blobs
One particular quirk of Penis Envy is its tendency to grow “blobs” instead of pinsas the mushrooms first begin to appear. Blobs are malformed bits of mushroom tissue. Blobbing tends to happen more commonly in early flushes. Many growers have had success with using a casing layer to prevent blobs from emerging. However, the blobs themselves are not harmful and can actually be quite potent, so fret not: They’re more of an aesthetic problem than a grow-stopper.
Penis Envy Spores
Penis Envy is very unique, each mature mushroom cap produces only a few spores. Whereas most other strains of magic mushrooms will produce hundreds of thousands, if not millions of spores per cap. Although you can make prints, they’re usually faint resulting in weak spore syringes. Growers will usually use swabs to transfer spores from the mushrooms to sterile agar plates, then they can start their grow project from there. Penis Envy spores are currently legal to purchase for microscope purposes in many regions. But, as mentioned above, cultivation is only decriminalized in select locations. Please consult your local regulations and laws before attempting to cultivate any psilocybin containing mushroom species.
Is the Dosage Different with Penis Envy Mushrooms versus Other Psilocybin Mushrooms?
Each person’s dose is going to be different, you can’t rely on the experiences of others because no one has your body. With that being said, penis envy mushroom dosage is going to be different from anything else. The recommended dose to start for other, milder Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms is between 1.0 and 1.5 grams of dried mushrooms per 100 pounds of body weight. However, due to their increased potency, you should reduce this dosage by at least 30% for penis envy mushrooms.
The exact amount to take depends on what kind of experience you want. You could, for example, try microdosing penis envy mushrooms for a more manageable, easily integrated psychedelic experience. Follow these dosage guidelines to start your journey with penis envy mushrooms:
- Starter – 0.1g to 0.4g
- Low – 0.5g to 1.0g
- Medium – 1.0g to 2.0g
- High – 2.0g to 3.0g
What’s the Legal Status of Psilocybin Mushrooms?
Despite the fact that psilocybin and other psilocybin-containing mushrooms are still illegal to grow, possess, or consume in most of the United States and much of the rest of the world, they remain on Schedule 1 of the UN 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances.
However, in light of new study findings that psilocybin's overall mental health advantages have been overstated, many nations are reconsidering this categorization. Since then, the rules and restrictions on psilocybin use have changed substantially. In July 2018, for example, a court in The Netherlands ruled that the country's current ban on magic mushrooms was unconstitutional.
Now, with oversight and legal reasons, the spores of magic mushrooms are legal to possess and sell in every state in the United States but;
While they don’t contain the banned substances of psilocybin or psilocin, selling them with the intent to produce hallucinogenic mushrooms is considered to be illegal. In many locations, you can find penis envy mushroom spores and other varieties in stores or on the web.
If you’re still reading this article, you should have a much better idea of what makes penis envy mushrooms special compared to other magic mushrooms. While it wouldn’t be recommended for anyone new to psychedelics, penis envy mushrooms offer an experience like no other for psychonauts and homegrown mycologists.
The Side Effects Of Penis Envy Mushrooms
Just like with anything you consume, it’s always possible that you may have side effects. Some side effects may be what you’re looking for in an experience, others may not. As with any other type of psychedelic mushroom, penis envy mushrooms can produce a range of physical, perceptual, emotional, psychological, and spiritual effects. These effects include the below.
- Color enhancements
- Intense feelings of euphoria and joy
- Morphing objects
- Philosophical thoughts
- Auditory distortions
- Deep introspection
- Distortion of space and time
- Synesthesia (i.e., “hearing colors”, “seeing sounds”)
- Mystical states like feeling connected to the universe
Over the decades, many users have reported that these mushrooms have special psychoactive effects, far more than other magic mushrooms. Many have explained that the effects of penis envy mushrooms are similar to most other Psilocybe cubensisvarieties, with added intensity due to their higher potency.
You may also find more “wavy” visual hallucinations with this variety. This contrasts with strains like Mazatepec or Hualta, which can have visual hallucinations that are more geometric in nature.
For those of you that want to take your mushroom experience to the next level, we offer a wide range of mushroom spores for you to explore. You can check out our mushroom store here.
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Commonly Asked Questions About The Penis Envy Mushroom
How do I grow Penis Envy?
Unfortunately, we can’t tell you how to grow psilocybin mushrooms given their legal status, but we do have growing guides and resources on our website that will help get you started.
Where can I buy Penis Envy mushroom spores?
You can buy penis envy spore syringes right here at Eden Shrooms. Here’s the link.
When should I harvest Penis Envy mushrooms?
The average growing cycle for psilocybin mushroom spores takes about 4-6 weeks from spore inoculation. While most strains are ready to harvest when the fruiting caps break their veil, penis envy mushrooms require an additional waiting period of around 3-5 days, or until the inner portion of their gills neighboring the stem begins to turn blue.
Check out our beginner’s growing guide here.
How much does an average Penis Envy mushroom weigh?
It’s near impossible to get an average weight for the penis envy mushroom. There’s no set weight of a penis envy mushroom, as they can vary based on size and whether they are dried or fresh. In most cases, the weight of dried mushrooms will be around 10 percent that of fresh ones.
How much do Penis Envy mushrooms cost?
The costs of penis envy mushrooms is going to vary depending on the specific strain and vendor. At the moment, penis envy mushrooms can be found and ordered online in Canada for as low as $8-10 per gram or around $25-35 for an eighth of an ounce (⅛ oz), not including shipping and other fees. In the USA, the price of magic mushrooms, or more specifically the price per gram of penis envy mushrooms largely depends on your local market. Places that have decriminalized the use and sale of psychedelic mushrooms will have much more available, and lower cost per gram. Some areas even have stores and online delivery services that sell magic mushrooms.
If you’re not able to buy magic mushrooms online in your area, or if you prefer to grow your own penis envy mushrooms, you can buy quality spores and spore syringes for around $18-24. At Eden Shrooms, we specialize in providing high-quality magic mushroom spores from top performing genetics. Click here to buy psychedelic mushroom spores online with credit card or cash.
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