The Best Magic Mushrooms

The definitive ranking of magic mushrooms based on their strength

You’ve heard many things about the most popular type of magic mushroom: Psilocybe cubensis. But did you know there are more varieties of magic shrooms out there? Over 180 to be exact. Some of them even have higher doses of the mind-altering compounds: psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocstyin.

Read on to find out which are the best types of magic mushrooms based on their strength!

  1. Psilocybe lnformans

Psilocybe liniformans

Opening the top twelve is the Psilocybe liniformans. Scattered throughout Washington, Oregon and Michigan, this magic mushroom can be found in rich pastures or grasslands especially during summer to early winter. Its cap is 1-2.5cm in diameter and can be convex to nearly plane.

This is a good strain for beginners if you can get your hands on them. It has a strong, aromatic odor and its taste ranges from weak to starchy because of the low psychoactive content.

  • Psilocybin – 0.16%
  • Psilocin – Not Determined
  • Baeocystin – 0.005%

  1. Psilocybe cyanofibrillosa

Psilocybe cyanofibrillosa

Also known as the Blue-Haired or Rhododendron Psilocybe, this species is a native of the coastal regions of Northern California and Canada. These mushrooms make their home in soil rich in deciduous wood debris particularly in Alder and Willow wood chips.

One of their identifying characteristics is their cap which has a deep chestnut brown hue which fades to yellowish brown or grayish white when dry. When they age, the fibers on their stalk turn blue.

With its higher concentration of hallucinogens, it has a starchier taste.

  • Psilocybin – 0.21%
  • Psilocin – 0.04%
  • Baeocystin – Not Determined

  1. Psilocybe stuntzii

 Psilocybe stuntzii

Growing in the Pacific Northwest, the Psilocybe stuntzii is scattered in well-kept lawns with conifer mulch and bark chips. They’re often found along edges of parks between August to December.

This species is not prone to bruising and can be identified by a blue ring around its stem.

  • Psilocybin – 0.36%
  • Psilocin – 0.04%
  • Baeocystin – 0.02%

  1. Psilocybe hoogshagenii

 Psilocybe hoogshagenii

Found in the San Agustina Loxicha region of Mexico, this fungus grows in small groups in humus or in muddy clay soils in subtropical coffee plantations from June through December. This species is also known as “the little boys” or “los Chamaquitos” and are used to diagnose illness and to divine the location of lost objects.

It’s categorized as moderately psychoactive and is used in the divinatory rituals of the Mixtec people.

  • Psilocybin – 060%
  • Psilocin – 0.10%
  • Baeocystin – Not Determined

  1. Psilocybe weilii

Psilocybe weilii

A rare breed of magic mushrooms, the P. weilii only grows in northern Georgia, USA. They’re often found in red clay soil that is rich with pine needles. A study also shows a correlation between growths of P. weilii above the ground where leaking sewage pipes are buried under.

In one instance, a clearing that was roughly ¼ mile in length was found with thousands of fruiting P. weiliii. After the leaking sewage pipes were cleaned, the fungi were never found again in that specific location. Psychonauts who love cucumber will be surprised to know this fungus smells and tastes like their favorite vegetable.

  • Psilocybin – 0.61%
  • Psilocin – 0.27%
  • Baeocystin – 0.05%

  1. Psilocybe cubensis

Psilocybe cubensis

And the most popular magic mushroom only makes it to 7th place! Clearly, this isn’t the most potent psilocybin mushroom out there.

Because of their golden brown cap, they became known as golden tops or gold caps. Their popularity can be attributed to their wide distribution and easy cultivation. It often colonizes cow and goat dung in humid grasslands and has been found in tropical and subtropical environments such as the highlands and river valleys of Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Peru, Thailand and Venezuela.

Most of the articles written about the effects of magic mushrooms are based on P. cubensis and these include visual distortions, enhancement of colors and animation of organic shapes.

  • Psilocybin – 0.63%
  • Psilocin – 0.60%
  • Baeocystin – 0.025%

  1. Psilocybe tampanensis

 Psilocybe tampanensis

Another rare breed of psychedelic mushrooms, P. tampanensis were originally collected in Tampa, Florida and were never seen again until much later in Mississippi. The original Florida specimen was cloned and most P. tampanensis in circulation are its descendants.

Its yellowish-brown body has a convex cap which grows up to 2.4cm in diameter that sits on top of a thin step up to 6cm long.

It sharpens the senses and sends warm shivers through the body, filling you with euphoria. It’s called the “Philosopher’s Stone” for good reason – it enhances your creativity and can give you spiritual enlightenment in high doses.

  • Psilocybin – 0.68%
  • Psilocin – 0.32%
  • Baeocystin – Not Determined

  1. Psilocybe cyanescens

Psilocybe cyanescens

In the United States, P. cyanescens grows in the Pacific Northwest south of the San Francisco Bay area. It’s also found in Western and Central Europe, parts of Australia and parts of west Asia. This fungus grows on woodchips especially along the perimeter of mulched plant beds in urban areas.

P.cyanescens is easily recognizable because of its wavy cap which upturns in age. Due to the fruiting requirements of this species, growing them indoors is challenging.

  • Psilocybin – 0.85%
  • Psilocin – 0.36%
  • Baeocystin – 0.03%

  1. Psilocybe baeocystis

Psilocybe baeocystis

Commonly known as bottle caps, knobby tops, blue bells, and olive caps, the P. baeocystis is a solitary mushroom that grows on ground bark, wood chips, peat moss, decaying conifer, and pastures in the Pacific Northwest from August through December.

It is dark olive brown to buff brown in color. Its flesh is thin and turns blue when bruised. Its cap is 1.5-5.5cm in diameter.

  • Psilocybin – 0.85%
  • Psilocin – 0.59%
  • Baeocystin – 0.10%

  1. Psilocybe semilanceata

Psilocybe semilanceata

Also known as “liberty cap,” it is one of the most common psilocybin mushrooms in nature. This fungus grows in grassland habitats especially in wetter areas. However, it does not grow directly on dung. It feeds off decaying grass roots and is widely distributed in 17 countries in the Northern Hemisphere particularly Canada, North America, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, and the Netherlands.

The liberty cap has a 5-25mm diameter cap which varies in shape from sharply conical to bell-shaped, often with a prominent nipple-looking tip.

Fun fact about liberty bells – the first documented case of getting high on them involved a British family in 1799 who prepared a meal with the mushrooms. The father and his four children experienced the typical symptoms associated with magic mushrooms such as dilation of pupils, spontaneous laughter, and delirium.

  • Psilocybin – 0.98%
  • Psilocin – 0.02%
  • Baeocystin – 0.36%

  1. Psilocybe bohemica

 Psilocybe bohemica

Contrary to popular belief, this species is the same as the P. arcaba, P. moravica, and P. serbica. Its smell is similar to raddish and can be found growing in groups on well-decayed deciduous and coniferous wood, on twigs, compost, and plant residue in forests from June to December. It has only been reported in five distinct localities in the Czech Republic, 230-700m above sea level.

Its cap is 2.5-3.5cm across with a white veil.

  • Psilocybin – 1.34%
  • Psilocin – 0.11%
  • Baeocystin – 0.02%

  1. Psilocybe azurescens

 Psilocybe azurescens

The results are in and P. azurescens is the strongest species of hallucinogenic mushrooms!

The cap is 30-100mm in diameter expanding to broadly convex and eventually flattening with age. You can find these in coastal dune grasses along a small area of the West Coast of the United States. Some feral specimens were reported in Germany.

People who are new to magic mushrooms should avoid eating more than an eighth of P. azurescens for the first time. This species can be harrowingly strong and are twice as potent as your run-of-the-mill cubensis.

  • Psilocybin – 1.78%
  • Psilocin – 0.38%
  • Baeocystin – 0.35%

Now that you’re more familiar with the 12 strongest varieties of magic mushrooms, you can decide which one is perfect for you. Just remember to keep create a conducive “set and setting” for a great time!

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4 Responses to “The Best Magic Mushrooms”

  1. ron 24th April 2020 at 20:42 #

    Good list, yet Panelous (Copelandia) Cyanescens have been left out, and would probably sit somewhere around top 5, maybe even top 3.

  2. Susan McIntyre 23rd April 2020 at 04:10 #


    I’m writing to ask you if psilocybin and/or dimethyltryptamine would make if seem as if things like music on the radio, musak, or the tv is reflecting your movements and/or answering questions you ask aloud.

    The reason I ask is because my workplace experienced a Disseminated Histoplasmosis outbreak from roosting bats (that shed the fungus in their feces). We appeared to have symptoms of psilocybin and/or DMT exposure (for example, seeing “fairies”), and my theory is that the fungal mycelia can form sclerotia (which I believe I read they can do in the body) and that the mycelia is emitting hallucinogens inside the body (schizophrenics have 2X of a chemical associated with yeast, part of the fungal life cycle).

    Not only that, but dermatological and central nervous system visual/olfactory/sensory effects that we experienced match some experiences that people have when they believe they’re being haunted.
    Most of my experiences can be explained by the symptoms of the infection and/or hallucinogenic effects; however, I can’t seem to explain how coincidental the music and tv were. In fact, the radio and tv appeared to lead me to information that allowed me to link this underdiagnosed infection to diseases of unknown cause. The music also seemed to reflect my movements (immediately after) and answered questions I asked aloud or wrote in a letter or email (immediately after).

    Also, would mushrooms make things seem to disappear and sometimes reappear?

    Thank you for your time,

    Susan McIntyre

  3. Dennis 26th October 2018 at 17:35 #

    Very informative.

  4. jeff 6th June 2018 at 23:24 #

    Awesome ininformation. Very reliable !

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