The final picture above is your spore print -   Read This To Be Sure

to be 100% sure you have psychedelic mushrooms in your possession, you will need to make a spore print (this is some CSI shit), which is where you take the cap off the stem and leave it face down on a piece of paper or foil overnight – the cap will drop tiny spores onto the paper, which will be a dark purple-brown colour if the mushrooms are psychedelic. Don’t waste these spores! Pour them into a spray bottle filled with water and then spray the solution on your patches to see accelerated growth.

Potency:  Dried: 8mg psilocybin per gram + 1.5mg of psilocin per gram. Fresh: 0.799mg psilocybin per gram + 0.239mg of psilocin per gram.

Magic mushrooms are roughly 90% water weight, so as a general rule 10 grams fresh will equal 1 gram dried. Some of the psilocin will disappear as a result of the drying process, so fresh magic mushrooms are usually more potent than dried ones. It’s also worth noting here that subaeruginosa is considered to be one of the most potent species of magic mushroom, second only to psilocybe azurescens.

Dosage: 1 – 3.5 grams dried, 8 – 30 grams fresh.

Please see the Dosage Calculator to decide on an adequate dosage for the plateau you want to reach.

Note that re-dosing with magic mushrooms doesn’t have the same effect as with most drugs, such as ecstacy, as taking a second dose after the first one has already kicked in will not ‘double up’ the effects but only prolong the current effects. It’s best to have a set of pocket scales handy to weigh up your doses, but in case you don’t have a set, you can refer to the picture above to get a visual estimate of what a gram of dried mushrooms looks like. Note that the picture contains 3 individual grams – it seems that 3 medium sized mushrooms equals roughly 1 gram. Also note that the mushrooms in this picture are dried, and so they have shrunk considerably in size from what they originally looked like.


PRISM’s Guide to Magic Mushrooms

When it comes to picking psychedelic mushrooms it’s important to remember that once you pluck them out of the ground they instantly become class A drugs: the same category as heroin, crack and cocaine. So it’s wise to have a good cover story – if you have a dog, bring it with you; it’s not illegal to walk your dog. If you don’t have a dog but have a camera instead, bring that with you. Or bring both if you’re fortunate enough to have both. It’s always a good idea to bring a camera on your hunts, not only to help get the mushrooms identified, but so if you’re unfortunate enough to get confronted by the fuzz you can say you are testing out your new camera. This will explain why you are on your knees looking at mushrooms, as your camera has a macro function and you need to get up close to use it. Keep all of your mushrooms in a paper bag (plastic bags will trap all the moisture and make your mushrooms turn to sludge), or in a tupperware container lined with newspaper, and have it stashed in a backpack at all times; this way you never get caught with anything illegal visibly in your possession, and it is unlikely cops will ever ask to search your bag if you’re simply strolling through a park.

If you ever do get caught with mushrooms just say you are doing a mycology assignment and are examining the various mushrooms growing wildly, or if that’s too lame an excuse for you, say you are simply looking for some non-active edibles for tonight’s dinner. Any excuse will do, so long as you never mention that you are specifically looking for magic mushrooms. The cops will doubtfully know what the difference is between them anyway and will not waste their time to take you down to the station. At most, they might ask you to empty your bag (which you should do respectfully) and call it a day. Most people going picking end up taking home nothing but non-active mushrooms anyway, so there is no point in being nervous if you actually have nothing illegal on you.

A particularly cautious individual might purposefully pick the wrong ones along with the right ones in case they are confronted by police, as it makes their stash appear a lot less incriminating if it’s an assortment of mushrooms rather than a bag full of class A drugs. It would be far easier to plead ignorance in this case as the appearance of many types of mushrooms is confusing and will surely make it hard for anyone to accuse you of picking a ‘particular’ mushroom. They can still suggest you were picking magic mushrooms, but you can just point to the bag and say ‘I picked many mushrooms, which ones are magic?’ a question they will likely be unable to answer.

Police paranoia aside, it’s important to develop an eye for spotting both magic and poisonous mushrooms. The pictures scattered throughout this article display both the mushroom in question and their ideal habitat. They grow on wood chips and bits of twig and are sometimes hiding under patches of grass, but more often than not they are in woody areas. Note, while subs love to grow on and around wood chips, they do not grow on trees, so don’t waste your time checking every one you see. Scan the ground, that’s where they are. You will get used to walking everywhere you go with your head pointed to the ground (so much so that your neck might start to hurt) and people will no doubt think you look suspicious as hell.

This breed of mushroom doesn’t like the heat and will generally stick to shaded areas, and they love their rain. If the season is very wet the mushrooms will grow bigger and there will be more of them. Subs start out small, and have little button-like caps that connect to the stem. Don’t pick them when they’re small! Let them grow so that you not only get a bigger mushroom (later), but also so they have a chance to drop spores and spread their goodness. The feel of the cap is similar to a puppies’ nose – velvety smooth and wet. The stem is thickish and doesn’t feel hollow to the touch. Sometimes it curves a bit, or a lot. Once the mushroom matures, the cap blooms open and exposes the gills, which is the fleshy material under the cap, so it can drop spores onto the ground and grow more of the little guys. The colour of the gills is dependent on the spores inside them; so older specimens will appear browner, and younger ones lighter.

Noticed how many notes were received on the other picture of my mushroom sketchbook page, so here is an edited version on my favorite one.