You’ve undoubtedly heard of penis envy, but have you heard about the Penis Envy mushroom strain? Wanna know what it is, how to take it, and how it grows? You’ve come to the right corner of the internet!
Every mushroom strain has unique properties, potential risks, and effects. Today, Flavor Fix experts weigh on the Penis Envy mushroom strain.
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Where Is the Penis Envy Mushroom Strain From?
In tropical and subtropical regions of the world, the Penis Envy mushroom strain is widely cultivated. It grows on cattle dung and well-manured land in the Southeast of the United States. You can find this mushroom strain in Mexico, Cuba, Central and South America, as well as some regions of Asia and Australia. The Penis Envy mushroom is the most widely grown psilocybin mushroom because it tolerates less-than-ideal growing conditions and produces large yields.
What Is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is the chemical substance in magic mushrooms that causes you to hallucinate, alter your thinking, enhance your mood, or confuse your sense of time. When you take psilocybin, your body converts it into psilocin, a chemical with psychoactive properties.
We don’t currently use psilocin or psilocybin in modern medicine. Still, research suggests that shrooms may have potential uses in treating anxiety and improving the quality of life for terminally ill patients. Scientists frequently use this alkaloid on human test subjects to better understand the effects of hallucinogens on the brain and to examine various aspects of personality, psychosis, and consciousness.
Chemically, psilocin acts by altering the action of serotonin in your brain. For example, if you don’t get enough serotonin, psilocin helps your brain respond naturally by increasing the happiness hormone.
Psilocin produces a hallucinogenic experience similar to LSD, and your mushroom trip can last for several hours, even into the following day.
What Happens When You Take Magic Mushrooms?
Shrooms amplify your senses, distorting the real world. You probably know this is a trip. Drugs such as mescaline, psilocybin, or ayahuasca all produce consciousness-altering effects, and humans have been using these hallucinogenic plants since the beginning of recorded history.
Taking magic mushrooms causes users to have mystical experiences and raises consciousness. These cosmic psychedelics are characterized by their distorting effects on the central nervous system. After eating a magic mushroom, you’ll likely see brighter colors, lose all sense of time, and possibly even lose your feeling of connection to your own body.
What Is the Penis Envy Mushroom Strain?
The Penis Envy mushroom strain is a subspecies of psilocybe cubensis. It’s touted as one of the most potent and psychoactive magic mushrooms.
This particular psychedelic mushroom is shaped like a penis, and — based on its photos — our Flavor Fix experts agree this shroom couldn’t be named anything but Penis Envy. With high concentrations of psilocybin, its phallic shape has a bulbous cap and thick, wrinkly stem. It’s also larger than most other magic mushroom varieties. They are short, heavy, and dense.
Penis Envy mushrooms are usually light tan to dark brown, but there are a lot of color variations. Blue bruising on the stem, typical with psilocybin-containing mushrooms, may signify a high psilocybin concentration. Additionally, the Penis Envy mushroom strain has an underdeveloped cap and lacks a veil separating the cap and stem to help to identify them.
Unlike the Flying Saucer mushroom, this strain takes longer to mature and doesn’t produce as many spores, making Penis Envy notoriously tricky to find or cultivate.
The History Behind the Penis Envy Strain
Terence McKenna, a well-known ethnobotanist and proponent of psychedelics, is generally credited with discovering penis envy mushrooms, though the specifics of that discovery are still shrouded in rumor.
According to legend, McKenna and a group of local guides discovered a vast, healthy patch of psychedelic mushrooms in the Amazon rainforest in the early 1970s. Then, he smuggled his discoveries undetected back to the US by taking spore prints from the culture and sandwiching them between microscopy slides labeled with a different genus name.
He gave one such spore print to his colleague Steven H. Pollock, a physician and ardent supporter of psychedelic plant medicines. Pollock developed this culture over several years by selectively selecting fruiting mushrooms from generation to generation until he discovered one mutation with an incredibly thick stem and pale cap that could consistently pass on its recessive genetic traits. And that’s how we got the Penis Envy mushroom strain!
Where to Find Penis Envy Mushrooms
You won’t find any Penis Envy mushroom strains growing in the wild. These shrooms are completely lab-grown, resulting from many recessive mutations from a psilocybe cubensis spore. So, while many other mushroom strains grow naturally, you have to grow Penis Envy yourself or get these shrooms from someone who already grows them.
The typical growing cycle for psilocybin mushroom spores lasts four to six weeks. Penis envy mushrooms need an extra long waiting period of about three to five days, or until the inner portion of their gills next to the stem begins to turn blue. Most magic mushroom strains are ready to harvest when the fruiting caps break their veil, the delicate membrane covering an immature mushroom’s stem and cap.
How to Take Penis Envy Mushrooms
Users claim the Penis Envy mushroom provides a more intense visual and euphoric experience. Depending on who you ask, these shrooms are moderately potent, containing 0.37% to 1.30% psilocybin in the whole mushroom.
Dosing with Penis Envy mushrooms differs slightly from other average mushroom strains. We recommend beginning super low with 1.0 to 1.5 grams of dried mushrooms per 100 pounds of body weight. But, if you’re taking a Penis Envy shroom, reduce that dosage by a third.
- A microdose is 0.1g to 0.5g.
- A mild dose is 0.5g to 1.0g.
- A medium dose is 1.0g to 2.0g.
- A strong dose is 2.0g to 3.0g.
Any magic mushroom strain can produce a full-spectrum psilocybin experience, including synesthesia, time dilation, closed- and open-eye visuals, euphoria, and elevated emotions, regardless of the specific strain.
Before Your Trip With Penis Envy
Now you know what distinguishes Penis Envy mushrooms from most other magic mushrooms. We don’t advise using this strain for first-timers to psychedelics. However, because of their strong psychoactive effects, reduced spore production, and striking (ahem!) phallic shape, this mushroom strain has transformed from obscure underground origins into a tantalizing treasure for seasoned psychonauts and domestic mycologists.
As is true for all magic mushroom trips, your mood and setting are vital for an enjoyable experience with Penis Envy. Be with friends you trust in a place that makes you feel safe and relaxed so you can truly sink into what the trip offers.