Psilocybe semilanceata, normally known as the freedom top, is a psilocybin or “enchantment” mushroom that contains the psychoactive mixes psilocybin which the body separates to psilocin, and the alkaloid baeocystin. It is both one of the most generally conveyed psilocybin mushrooms in nature, and one of the most strong. The mushrooms have a particular conelike to ringer molded top, up to 2.5 cm (1.0 in) in measurement. With a little areola like distension on the top. They are yellow to darker, secured with spiral scores when sodden, and blur to a lighter shading as they develop. Their stipes will in general be slim and long, and a similar shading or somewhat lighter than the top.
The mushroom develops in prairie environments, particularly wetter regions. In any case, in contrast to P. cubensis, the parasite doesn’t develop straightforwardly on waste; rather, it is a saprobic animal varieties that feeds off rotting grass roots
Psilocybe, the genus name, means ‘smooth head’ – a reference to the silkily mooth, scaleless surface of caps of these grassland mushrooms. The specific epitet semilanceata comes from semi- meaning ‘half’and –lanceata which means ‘spear-shaped’. Some of these little mushrooms do indeed look like spears, although many have wiggly stems uncharacteristic of spear shafts.
The common name Magic Mushroom is, of course, a reference to the hallucinogenic nature of this grassland species
There is also a rare orange variety of psilocybe semilanceatas that grows in Spain and the PNW USA. There is a couple pictures of this orange strain in our gallery. My friend from Spain that has been hunting these mushroms for decades also tells me he seens albino from time to time and several different shaded colors of semilanceatas. As well liberty caps grow along side psilocybe Gallaeciae in Galicae Spain.
Although semilanceatas do not grow directly out of dung, they do grow from the dung enriched soil below and through the dung when fresh. The dung acts like a casing soil and provides shade and holds in moisture. My friends in Spain are lucky psilocybe mushrooms are legal in their country and a normal part of their culture. I can’t wait to go back to the Pyrenees mountains of Spain and enjoy the immense beauty and visit my friends for some exciting mushroom foraging again.
Yet the principal recorded episode of freedom tops explicitly being utilized is from 1799. As indicated by scientific expert Augustus Everard Brande, a family in London experienced manifestations which included understudy expansion, mind flights, and unconstrained giggling each time they ate a particular sort of mushroom picked from London’s Green Park. Brande was later ready to utilize James Sowerby’s 1803 book titled “Hued Figures of English Fungi or Mushrooms” to distinguish that they were for sure eating freedom tops.
In 1985, an examination by Dutch scientific expert Tjakko Stijve and accomplice Thom Kuyper. A microbiologist from Wageningen University, presumed that Liberty Caps had a high centralization of psilocybin, around 1.7%.
liberty caps identification
A Finnish report in 1987 tried the power of freedom tops after some time. It was found that psilocybin levels decline just somewhat throughout the years. Levels of psilocybin were identified in freedom tops that were more than 100 years of age!
In 1993, German physicist Jochen Gartz led another investigation on freedom tops which indicated a normal of 1% psilocybin
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