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#1 cantquit2033

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Posted January 14 2008 - 02:31 PM

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Can anyone identify these guys?

#2 azygous420

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Posted January 15 2008 - 09:20 PM

They don't look like any magic mushrooms I've ever seen. So I would not advise you eat them.

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Posted January 15 2008 - 10:13 PM

LBM's dont eat them.
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Posted January 19 2008 - 05:01 AM

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Posted January 20 2008 - 02:48 PM

People get really excited when they find mushrooms in the wild, don't they?

99% of magic mushrooms you find in the wild will be one of the following four:

Cubensis ("Cube"/"Cubie"/"Golden Teacher")
http://knarkkorven.m...ubensis_391.jpg
http://www.erowid.or...bensis14_sm.jpg
http://www.procare.n...an-cubensis.jpg

The cubensis has a white stem, golden cap, and dark purple gills. Very often you will see them having a prominent "nipple" in the middle of the cap. Good ways to be sure you've identified the cubensis are that it has a purple 'veil' (see first picture link), any part of the mushroom stains a bright blue when you pinch it (not brown, not black), and will almost always be groing in cow manure. You can sometimes find them in horse manure, but not often.

To be absolutely sure you have a Cubensis, you should take a sample mushroom home (not the whole lot), and set it gills-down on a piece of paper or tissue. After a day or so it should leave a dark purple print on the paper. If it's rusty-brown, it's poisonous. If the mushroom dropped its spores before you could get it to paper, you should just be able to tell by the color of the gills.

Psilocybe Cyanescen ("Cyan"/"Wavy Cap")
http://nepenthes.lyc...yanescens.3.jpg

Have golden colored, floppy tops, brown gills, and white stems. They grow in wooded areas, usually have slimey/sticky caps, and stain a bright blue when you pinch them.


Psilocybe Semilanceata ("Lib"/"Liberty Cap")
http://www.shroomery...psemipilze5.jpg

Most often found in areas where short grass meets longer grass, the stems are almost never straight; instead, they are usually markedly spindly and 'kinked', might stain blue upon pinching but not always (low psilocin content), caps look like 'witch hats' -- very pointy.

I've never personally found Lib's because they don't grow in my area, but they're very common in grassy areas of the Northern US, and all over the UK.

Copelandia Cyanescen ("Cope"/"Hawaiian")

http://www.buy-magic...e.php?imageid=7
http://www.erowid.or...nescens4_sm.jpg
http://www.erowid.or...nescens5_sm.jpg

White/gray 'bowl' cap, white stem, black gills. Grows in tall grass, usually (almost always) where cow manure has fertilized the ground. Bruises a bright blue (high concentration of psilocin) upon pinching.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all mushrooms containing psilocin/psilocybin will stain blue, and not all mushrooms that stain blue contain psilocin/psilocybin. Do not take mushroom collecting lightly, because there is a good chance you will end up sick, or at worst, dead. Yes, there are mushrooms out there which will kill you from eating a single cap.

I ate a poisonous gym once back in my early collecting days just because it stained blue. I ended up puking my guts out with no 'magic' effects.

If you're not experienced on the matter, you should bring somebody along who is to help you. If you can't do that, you should join www.shroomery.org, and post pictures of your finds to ask for confirmations about whether or not you've found anything good or dangerous.

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Posted January 20 2008 - 06:37 PM

People get really excited when they find mushrooms in the wild, don't they?

99% of magic mushrooms you find in the wild will be one of the following two:

Cubensis
http://knarkkorven.m...ubensis_391.jpg
http://www.erowid.or...bensis14_sm.jpg
http://www.procare.n...an-cubensis.jpg

The cubensis has a white stem, golden cap, and dark purple gills. Very often you will see them having a prominent "nipple" in the middle of the cap. Good ways to be sure you've identified the cubensis are that it has a purple 'veil' (see first picture link), stains a bright blue when you pinch it (not brown, not black), and will almost always be groing in cow manure. You can sometimes find them in horse manure, but not often.

To be absolutely sure you have a Cubensis, you should take a sample mushroom home (not the whole lot), and set it gills-down on a piece of paper or tissue. After a day or so it should leave a dark purple print on the paper. If it's rusty-brown, it's poisonous. Though, most of the rusty-spored lookalikes will not have a veil or purple-looking gills.

Cyanescen/Azurescen (fairly similar)
http://images.google...era&rls=en&sa=G

Have golden colored tops, brown gills, and white stems. They grow in wooded areas, usually have slimey/sticky caps, and stain a bright blue when you pinch them.


It's important to note that not all mushrooms containing psilocybin will stain blue, and not all mushrooms that stain blue contain psilocybin. I ate a poisonous gym once back in my early collecting days just because it stained blue. I ended up puking my guts out with no 'magic' effects.


Top notch post there!
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Posted January 20 2008 - 07:38 PM

ya forgot liberty caps man, those things are common as shit.
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Posted January 21 2008 - 08:44 AM

In the north and over in Europe, yeah. I edited my post to include them.

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Posted January 21 2008 - 09:19 AM

in fact you are more likely to find liberty caps than wavy caps or flying saucers in my experiance, then again im up "north" =P, liberty caps are not very much of a stainer for it has a very low psilocin content, often doesnt stain at all, is a good example of your warning about blue stains, blue stains in magic mushies comes from psilocin breaking down under exposure to oxygen, it's more stable buddy psilocybin does not turn blue, do not ever use the judgement of the color it changes. There was a dude up in washington that ate a galerina because it stained blue, aparently it wasnt a blue stain but in fact blue mold, galerinas look kinda like wavy caps but they contain amatoxins, which are the same chemicals found in death caps and destroying angels, shitting and puking continuously for like 3 days then you're liver finaly melts and you probubly shit it out, along with a lotta other nasty things that should stay inside, most cases of amatoxin poisoning end in death, if you survive get a liver transplant and all that good stuff you'll never be the same again, the toxins break down cell walls, so as it flows through your blood you kinda start to fall apart from the inside out and it aparently extremely painful, all over your body and it doesn't go away for a long long long looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time.
The brits have a thing called milk thistle extract that if you give an injection of it to the person the same day as the mushroom was injested it clears it all up, but the fda doesnt aprove of it for some stupid fucking reason so if a doctor can actualy get his hands on it, the patient is usualy allready dead before it comes in the mail.

so be motherfucking careful kids!
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Posted January 21 2008 - 09:25 AM

Wavy caps are pretty prominent in wooded areas in the mid-south US around springtime. But yeah, Libs are probably really common up north. I'm not all that familiar with 'em so thanks for the tip on the bluing.

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Posted January 28 2008 - 04:56 PM

im up in Pennsylvania idk if this counts for me

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Posted March 02 2008 - 06:23 AM

what kind of shrooms can i find in virginia?

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Posted March 02 2008 - 06:18 PM

I dont know man.
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Posted March 27 2008 - 12:54 AM

http://img223.images...hpim0191jq7.jpg

http://img341.images...hpim0192zp2.jpg

http://img156.images...hpim0193fv3.jpg

http://img221.images...hpim0194ud3.jpg

Can anyone identify these guys?

even the best mycologist would tell you that he could not give you an EXACT from a photo alone with most any muchrooms

there are many things you take in, shape, color, spore color, spore prints, possible staining(not so much) time of year, temperatures, etc.

try spending some time searching and reading up on basic mycology and view as many photos as you can (DO NOT base on photos alone) and read up on spore prints, geographical location of certain varietys and other things such as that. I spent 5 months one winter reading up as many books on the subject as i could and growing from spores as many varieties of mushrooms (not just "magic" mushies) as i could to get a little more knowledge on the subject to get better at identifying mushrooms in the wild. not just for psychedelic mushrooms but wild edibles as well.

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Posted April 06 2008 - 10:21 AM

I've never found a shroom in the wild.

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Posted April 26 2008 - 09:13 PM

those really look like Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata. search them up on google or something

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Posted May 01 2008 - 08:02 PM

just bruise the stems, and if it starts to turn blue within an hour then you almost certainly have Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata or another psilocybe mushroom

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Posted May 10 2008 - 04:41 PM

Anybody know what kind would be common in the New York area and any advice on how to hunt for them. I go hiking sometimes (believe it or not we acutally do have a lot of huge parks in some parts of NYC) and I've seen fields of mushrooms growing naturally before. In a lot of places in the park the have wood chips piles like 20 feet high (I guess when they cut down the trees they dump the chips there) and they look like giant mushroom mounds during the right time of year. I've always wondered if i can find some safe hallucinagenic species but never knew what to look for.

I don't know anything on the topic and don't have any friends who do.

I plan to go pick lots of different types and post pics on this thread.

Anything in particular to look for? and also what would be my best bet to find in the NY area

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Posted May 12 2008 - 04:26 PM

anything in particular to look for? erm, all of the things mentioned above would be a good starting place.

found out on sunday that a dude i know has a gigantic patch in his garden that grows back every year when it's season, lucky fucker.
the mushies up here normally look like cubensis but there's a few other types aswell, it's sick, everyone knows where they grow, you just walk round picking them in front of people hahaha, good fun.
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Posted May 12 2008 - 04:33 PM

If they bruise blue isn't that a solid indicator that they are in fact okay to eat and as a result trip on?

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Posted May 13 2008 - 10:02 AM

If they bruise blue isn't that a solid indicator that they are in fact okay to eat and as a result trip on?


No. Not at all. My general rule is that if I pick a mushroom and it bruises blue, then it's probably worth getting an ID, but no way in hell would I eat mushrooms on the spot just because they bruised blue.
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Posted May 27 2008 - 03:23 PM

so on the map i live on area 9.
WAYY down south by mexico.
what type of mushies am i looking forward to finding some day?

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Posted June 19 2008 - 07:36 AM

Hey I live in Northern Virginia and i'm going to Washington state this summer. I'll be staying on a farm in a valley.

Any idea where to find shrooms in that or my area?

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Posted June 19 2008 - 04:06 PM

so on the map i live on area 9.
WAYY down south by mexico.
what type of mushies am i looking forward to finding some day?


http://www.shroomery...wild-in-my-area

This is a great guide for anyone looking for shrooms in the wild in a certain area.

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Posted June 22 2008 - 03:47 PM

I would be VERY leery of eating a mushroom that I wasn't 100% sure what it was.
The only wild mushrooms we eat are morels (yum)! I have picked mushrooms that stained blue and I thought about it, but no way.

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Posted July 01 2008 - 04:21 PM

i stick on cubensis, cause in florida its everywhere!

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Posted July 30 2008 - 03:35 PM

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I'm drying them out, and they look like some of the pictures I've seen of the good stuff, but I'm just not sure enough. Can someone tell me what these puppies are?

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Posted July 31 2008 - 09:00 AM

Why the fuck was this thread even sticked?!?
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Posted August 15 2008 - 02:04 PM

uhh, yeah, only two species are shown in varying stages of maturity, and they're both poisonous.
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Posted November 05 2011 - 03:09 PM

ok so i have taken shroooms a few times and love them well more than a few :) and i have a good amount of property 10 acres. and have a few horses n heard shrooms love growin in places like this and there is a creeek runnin threw the property. i cant pick and do not trust myself. but i went and picked some samples of what i found out in the field. please help me identify these got no idea what im lookin for. keep this in mind i live in washington state. not DC. could only load 5 pics ill post the rest up