DISCLAIMER - This guide is in no way meant to advocate the use of illegal drugs; it exists solely to spread an important pocket of knowledge that might have the potential to save lives, or at the very least, trips to the hospital. There is currently too high a risk for the uninformed novice to mistake a poisonous mushroom for a psychoactive one, and so it is my hope that this helps illuminate the otherwise dark and mysterious pursuit of magic mushroom identification.
DISCLAIMER #2 - I don’t have any magic mushrooms (or any other illegal substances) in my possession. I destroy all evidence of this rewarding (but sadly illegal) hobby by means of digestion.
Every year in Victoria, Australia, between the cold months of April-July, magic happens. This magic reveals itself in the form of psychoactive mushrooms that poke their heads out anywhere they can; they grow wildly in parks, playgrounds, beside creeks, in forests (especially pine and eucalyptus forests) and even on nature strips and garden beds (hint: especially garden beds). They thrive pretty much anywhere with wood chips, tanbark, or mulch that gets a bit of rain and shade. Of course there are a lot of poisonous doppelganger mushrooms out there, so it pays to have a bit of experience in identifying the right ones. This ‘experience’ is something I have acquired over the past four years of picking and eating magic mushrooms, and so this guide is written with the hope of sharing that useful pocket of knowledge with others. Why buy a man a fish when you can give him a fishing rod, right? This post will attempt to explain how to find magic mushrooms on your own or with friends (or how to let them find you?), and also outline some good methods of drying and storing them. I won’t be covering consumption in depth as this is not a recipe book, but I will cover it, I might also outline some pointers on how to conduct a session with psychedelic drugs (both of these will appear in a separate post), and I may even update it to include a trip report at the end, as I plan on having some on a camping trip this weekend. (update: I brought a pen and paper with me on the trip, but I couldn’t find any words to describe it… instead I made a fire, and…. In other words, there will be no trip report!)
- Page 1 - This page. (How to identify Psilocybe subaeruginosa mushrooms.)
- Page 2 - Typical growing locations.
- Page 3 - List of non-active mushrooms, with pictures.
- Page 4 - The drying process.
- Page 5 - The ‘monster’ patch.
- Page 6 - Some useful links.