Ps. Mexicana (Jalisco Mexico strain) is one of the rare mushrooms that produce psilocybin enriched sclerotia also referred to as “magic truffles” or “philosopher stones”. The sclerotia are small nuggets that grow under the soil and is a survival mechanism for the fungi. If conditions get bad and the surrounding mycelia network gets damaged or dies, the sclerotia lies dormant for the conditions to be favorable again and then sends out new mycelium from the sclerotia to continue the organisms life cycle. In 2008 the Netherlands banned psilocybin mushrooms in the famous coffee shops, but not the magic truffles. These magic truffles are still shipped throughout Europe legally and grow kits are sold openly. Please note, the Jalisco strain is poor sclerotia producer but a good fruiter.
In nature the ps. mexicana grows in well manured pastures but never directly on the dung. Typically found in horse or cattle pastures among grass. It’s usually found in temperature ranges from 65F to 80F in sub tropical climates. Spores will germinate at the lower temperature range.
Psilocybe Mexicana has an important part in American and Mexico’s history and the modern world for knowledge of magic mushrooms. In 1957 Life magazine published an article on 7 psilocybin mushrooms of Mexico that were being used by shamans to heal people. After it was published Americans and people from all over the world started flocking to Huatla de Jimenez Mexico to seek out these sacred mushrooms and the famous shaman Maria Sabina. Gringo’s went crazy to get a hold of these psychedelic shrooms and they traveled in droves to Mexico to find them. Little did they know these magic mushrooms grow in most of the United States, including the ps. mexicana. This was the beginning of a psychedelic craze to explore and experience magic mushrooms in the U.S.. Knowledge spread fast as was the spores and literature how to grow them and before you knew it people were finding magic mushrooms growing naturally all over most of the US and other countries as well. A sleeping giant for magic mushrooms had been awoke. Along with this craze for magic mushrooms also came a lot of people eating to many shrooms and having bad trips. To many people ended up in hospital emergency rooms instead of just riding out the bad trip and in 1967 psilocybin was made illegal in the USA and even classified as a schedule 1 drug. Only 10 years after the sleeping giant awoke, the US government made psilocybin illegal without any research done on them first. Not a single person has ever died from eating psilocybin mushrooms and bad trips from eating to many shrooms always wear off in a few hours. A sad day in our history.