Where do magic mushrooms grow?

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Magic Mushroom is a type of fungi, and the most important thing all fungi need to develop or grow is moisture. In dry air and wind, they can’t survive. They need a specific temperature, fertile soil of nutrients such as sugar, starch, lignin, fats, protein, and nitrogen. If magic mushrooms get the right amount of nutrients anywhere like tree bark, cattle dung, fallen and rotted leaves, or compost, you will see mushrooms start to sprout on those surfaces. They don’t necessarily need a dark environment, but in the dark, air retains its moisture, which helps shrooms to grow. That is the reason, densely forested areas which have water availability, provide suitable conditions, so they are good places to start looking for them. Cattle dung (especially cow dung) provides a nutritious and the right humidity, this is why it is highly possible to see them growing from it.

Where to find magic mushrooms?

Generally, Magic Mushrooms grow in a variety of climates and habitats. There is a dynamic culture around growing magic mushrooms. During the 1960s and 70s, Inventive university students and mushrooms suppliant realized that they didn’t have to travel to Mexico to find psilocybin, but that magic mushrooms grew in their own countries. So, they thought that they should have the growing knowledge of the magic mushrooms, so the growing knowledge about where to find magic mushrooms led to increasing numbers of counterculture youth wandering grasslands and pastures of North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Where and when mushrooms grow, totally depends on the local climate and what type of habitats you have available. Magic Mushrooms grow in a variety of habitats, and they are most commonly found in grasslands, woodlands, gardens, dung deposits, and disturbed areas. As per their growing places, they have different varieties, such as P. cubensis and Panaeolus cyanescens are well-known dung-loving species. P. semilanceata grows in the pasture, P. azurescens, P. cyanescens, and P. subaeruginoa, which are woodland species.

Psilocybe is considered a global variety of magic mushrooms, and they are found on all continents except Antarctica. Psilocybe species are allocated across tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates, with a large range of species in Latin America.

Some other species like P.cubensis, Panaeolus cyanescens, and P. semilanceata, have become truly global, having been introduced to many continents through the farming of different varieties of cattle. Psilocybe cubensis is not an indigenous species of America, but it is introduced from India, it typically grows on cattle dung like horse dung, elephant dung. Another magic mushrooms variety P. semilanceata (liberty caps), is grown throughout Europe, and in temperate North America, Canada, and Tasmania.

Do Magic Mushrooms Grow in Poop? Do They Grow on Wood?

Magic Mushrooms grow in poop and wood both, it depends on the species of magic mushrooms. In some magic mushrooms, enzymes break down into simple compounds, while others can break down into more complex compounds such as the lignins that are found within the wood. The main part of the mushroom is the mycelium, it develops underground within the substrate. The mushroom is the reproductive part of the fungus, eliminating akin to seeds into the air for dispersal.

There are widely three types of magic mushrooms are found, which grow on wood or plant-based materials, are called saprophytic mushrooms, which grow on animal dung or poo, called coprophilous fungi, and those that grow on well-decomposed plant matter (soil) are called houmous.

How to Classify shrooms or magic mushrooms?

If we think to identify magic mushrooms, we will get that there are about 227 acknowledged species, 53 of which grow in Mexico, 22 in the USA and Canada, 19 in Australia and the eastern islands, 16 in Europe, and 15 in Asia. some species can overlap in terms of where they grow, some are endemic to certain areas and conditions.

All of these come in different sizes, shapes, and colors, and there is no single feature that can help in distinguishing the magic mushrooms from regular ones. The only way to distinguish them is to know their appearance well and get experience in mushroom foraging.

Psychedelic fungi or mushrooms have two general types, each characterized by a distinct mix of mind-changing ingredients that make their mushrooms “magic.”

The most common and largest group which produces hallucinogens called psilocybin and psilocin, and characterizes more than 200 species from every continent except Antarctica. Psilocybin mushrooms might be so diverse, as per a study in Evolution Letters, they didn’t acquire the genes behind psilocybin from a common ancestor, but passed them directly among distant species in a phenomenon called “horizontal gene transfer.” Psilocybin could have evolved as a defense mechanism, impeding fungi-eating pests by “changing the insect’s mind.” The other mushroom species group is smaller, but they have a wide history of their religious use.


Here is the list of the top 5 common species of psychedelic shrooms to get you started:

  1. Psilocybe Cubensis and Psilocybe subcubensis
  2. Psilocybe semilanceata
  3. Psilocybe cyanescens
  4. Panaeolus or Copelandia cyanescens
  5. Psilocybe azurescens


1. Psilocybe Cubensis and Psilocybe subcubensis

Psilocybe Cubensis and Psilocybe subcubensis
Psilocybe Cubensis and Psilocybe subcubensis

These are the two species of shrooms that can be found in tropical areas throughout the world. The first one is the more common and the most familiar species of magic mushrooms, while the second one is not as abundant, but can be found growing in the same areas. They look alike, have classic stubby-stemmed parasol-shaped mushrooms with predominantly light-to-golden-brownish caps that are bulbous before fruiting, and flat and wide in diameter when fully mature. A specific type of Psilocybe cubensis is known as the ‘Golden Teacher’ throughout the world.

2. Psilocybe Semilanceata

Psilocybe Semilanceata
Psilocybe Semilanceata

Psilocybe semilanceata is the most extensively found psychedelic shrooms. These types of magic mushrooms are generally found in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. They are popular with the name ‘Liberty Caps’, because of their dark bell-shaped tops. Their stems are thin and can be wavy.

3. Psilocybe cyanescens

Psilocybe cyanescens
Psilocybe cyanescens

Psilocybe cyanescens have wavy tops which are known as wavy caps. They are one of the most potent magic mushrooms which exist. They are usually found on the west coast of the USA, south of the Bay Area, New Zealand, in Central and Western Europe, and some parts of western Asia.

4.   Panaeolus or Copelandia cyanescens

Panaeolus or Copelandia cyanescens
Panaeolus or Copelandia cyanescens

These magic mushrooms are also known as the “Hawaiian” shrooms, these are not the most distinct types, they have long and thin stems and light brown to light grey caps. They are found all over the world such as south-north America, north-south America, Central Africa, Western Europe, South, and southeast Asia, and throughout Oceania.

5.   Psilocybe azurescens

Psilocybe azurescens
Psilocybe azurescens

Psilocybe azurescens are the regional species of magic mushrooms to the West Coast of the USA such as Oregon and Washington. Among the top 5 species of magic mushrooms, they are considered as the highest concentration of psilocybin out of any magic mushroom species you can find. They also contain an incredible amount of baeocystin, which is a chemical analog of psilocybin. These are the most potent magic mushrooms in existence.


If you live in an area where it’s hardly possible to get a magic mushroom, you’ll be happy to know that you have another option, you can grow magic mushrooms on your own, and it’s very easy to do. More and More people are growing shrooms at home or their nearby areas. As well as providing a reliable, year-round supply, and reduces the risk of misidentifying psilocybin mushrooms in the wild. If you grow it on your own, it can become your low-cost hobby and fun.

If you have not any idea “how to grow psilocybin mushrooms at home”, you may be enticed to start with a mushroom grow kit. These ready-to-use kits have a living mycelium substrate (the material underlying mushroom growth), you just need to keep it humid.

So, this will be better that you should start from scratch. Making your substrate is not only more consistent but, if you do it right, it will be less prone to contamination as well. And the best part is that there is also not a huge price difference and you’ll end up learning a lot more.



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