- Psilocybe Zapotecorum Strain Guide
- Psilocybe Zapotecorum Habitat and Distribution
- Psilocybe Zapotecorum and Other God Mushrooms
- Psilocybe Zapotecorum and Other God Mushrooms
- Magic Mushroom Ceremonies and Preparation
Archaeological evidence suggests cultures around the world have benefited from the use of magic mushrooms for ritualistic and sacred practices. One of these magic shrooms is the Psilocybe zapotecorum.
Psilocybe zapotecorum is a magic mushroom that contains psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin as its main psychoactive compounds. Hundreds of other magic mushrooms contain these substances such as Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe caerulescens, Psilocybe mexicana, and Psilocybe caerulipes.
This shroom got its name from the Zapotec Indians native to the Sierra Madre mountain range in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was also named after the area they inhabited. Richard E. Schultes, an American biologist, says the Zapotec name for P. zapotecorum translates to “crown of thorns mushrooms.” Other Zapotecs named the fungus as badao zoo which manes “drunken mushroom.”
Psilocybe Zapotecorum Strain Guide
There are four physical features you need to inspect to distinguish Psilocybe zapotecorum from other hallucinogenic mushrooms. These are the cap, gills, spores, and stipe. Further identification may be done by visualizing the shrooms under a microscope.
Psilocybe zapotecorum’s characteristics are as follows:
- Cap – The cap’s diameter varies widely. It ranges between 2cm to 13cm across, with a conical shape. On rare occasions, this cap opens up, expands, and becomes more plane in older specimens. Young specimens have a margin that is scalloped, and curled upwards.
This cap is also yellowish brown to tan. As the Psilocybe zapotecorum becomes older, it fades to cream yellow, and finally black. The flesh is originally white but soon changes to cyan, then black.
- Gills – Turning the cap over will reveal cream-colored gills. These gills change color when the shroom becomes older too. Aged specimens have violet brown gills with an attachment to the stem described as adnate – broadly sticking to the stem.
- Stipe – Psilocybe zapotecorum is a curious magic mushroom. The great variation of its stem’s growth can make it either one of the shortest or one of the tallest varieties. In the wild, the stem can be as short as 3cm but can also reach 26cm in height.
The stem is cylindrical, flexible, and hollow. It’s usually white to grey. As it grows older, it turns yellowish. In strains nearing the end of their life cycle, the stipe becomes bluish black. It’s also covered by a partial, cobweb-like veil which is powdered with white pseudorrhiza towards the base.
- Spores – zapotecorum’s spores are dark, violet brown. When viewed under a microscope, the spores are oblique to sub-rhomboid with a thin wall and germ pore.
In general, this magic mushroom tastes and smells starchy. All parts bruise blue when handled. This bluish stain is an effective way to discern whether the fungus contains the hallucinogenic compounds – psilocybin and psilocin. Once the shroom starts staining black, it means most of the psychoactive substances have degraded.
Psilocybe Zapotecorum Habitat and Distribution
The P. zapotecorum mushroom species loves to grow near rivers, creaks, and ravines. Sometimes, it also grows on the moss on steep, ravine walls. It can be seen growing solo or in small, scattered groups. On rare occasions, it grows in medium to large clusters with other hallucinogenic and non-hallucinogenic mushrooms.
You have better odds of running into P. zapotecorum when you explore humid and shadowed places in forests that contain oak, and pine. Sometimes, they can also be seen in cloud forests – a tropical or subtropical evergreen, moist forest which persistently has low-level clouds covering its canopies.
Psilocybe zapotecorum grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Ecuador.
Psilocybe Zapotecorum and Other God Mushrooms
Psilocybe Zapotecorum is one of the hundreds of hallucinogenic mushrooms found in South and Central America. In this part of the world, magic mushrooms were consumed in shamanic rituals as depicted by paintings which date back to thousands of years ago.
Spiritual leaders have used magic mushrooms such as Psilocybe mexicana and Psilocybe zapotecorum to speak with their gods and other spirits. They possessed great knowledge of plans and their roots. Shamans were acquainted with their properties and virtues.
The missionary priest and historian Bernardino de Sahagun described the Aztecs as having revered the magic mushrooms, calling them teonanancatl (literally “flesh of god”). After the Spanish conquest, Catholic missionaries have banned the use of these entheogenic shrooms. Nevertheless, they were still used in remote areas.
Magic Mushroom Ceremonies and Preparation
Among hallucinogens used for religious purposes, psilocybin mushrooms require the least preparation because they simply need to be picked. Unfortunately, poisonous doppelgangers such as the Galerina marginata exist so those who want to participate in these rituals need to be very careful in choosing the right shroom.
However, the ceremony doesn’t involve ingesting the mushroom right away. Modern magic mushroom rituals include an all-night prayer or séance which also involves a cleansing ritual. A shaman would chant and clap in rhythmic unison.
The mushrooms also need to be collected in the forests during the new moon by a virgin female and placed on an altar.
Once the preliminaries are done, the mushrooms are ingested with honey before dawn. De Sahagun accounts his experiences with participants of the ceremonies as such:
“… they began to dance, some singing, others weeping, for they were already intoxicated by the mushrooms… some saw themselves dying in a vision and wept; others saw themselves being eaten by a wild beast; others imagined they were capturing prisoners in battle, that they were rich, that they possessed many slaves. When the intoxication from the little mushrooms had passed they talked over among themselves the visions which they had seen.”
As the effects of the shrooms become stronger, the visual and auditory hallucinations become more intense. The hallucinogenic journey lasts anywhere between 2 to 7 hours. In higher doses, the participants of these rituals have an out-of-body experience, and speak to otherworldly entities.
Among ritual participants, it’s interesting to note they always report hearing an old, male, low-pitched voice. This disembodied voice speaks of various information but the experience is generally described as positive, calming, healing, and insightful. It isn’t a surprise that some people claim this is an extraterrestrial voice or the voice of god.
In clinical and laboratory settings, research subjects describe their healing experiences with shrooms are among the most significant spiritual events of their lives.
On top of the spiritual benefits, Psilocybe zapotecorum and other magic mushrooms show evidence of improving mental health by decreasing anxiety, improving creative thinking, and reducing the effects of symptoms associated with depression.
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