Mazatapec mushroom. The name, “Mazatapec,” is basically a typo that stuck This Psilocybe cubensis strain comes from the Mazatec people of Mexico and was accordingly named for them, except somebody inserted two extra letters by mistake, and by the time a correction was issued, too many people were using the garbled version and wouldn’t change.
Mazatapec is one of many cultivated strains of P. cubensis, which may be the best-known, most popular species of “magic” mushroom. It is found almost all over the world, wherever the dung of large animals (its favorite food) is available but temperatures don’t get too low. The strains vary in their potency. Whether the trips they provide also vary qualitatively is difficult to say—so many factors can influence the mushroom experience that it’s difficult to be sure whether the choice of strain is one of those factors. But each strain does have its own reputation. Mazatapec is considered an especially good option for beginners, or for anyone interested in spiritual exploration.
Mazatapec is easily confused with Mexican since both have similar origin stories and offer a qualitatively similar experience But the two strains are distinct.
Two things to keep in mind with “magic” mushrooms, though.
First, although these mushrooms are relatively safe as far as ways to get altered go, they can still cause problems, especially if the basic safety procedures are ignored. Second, using—or even just possessing—psilocybin mushrooms is illegal in most places. Please do not go to prison.
Effects of Mazatapec Mushroom
Psilocybin, the main “active ingredient” in most “active” mushrooms, causes changes in mood, changes in thought patterns, and, at higher doses, hallucinations. Usually, the mood change involves euphoria and a sense of connection, but alternatively, it can cause intense anxiety. Some people say that the mushroom works to intensify whatever mindset the user had to begin with—one reason to prepare carefully for these experiences and to never trip alone. Changes in thought patterns can include deep personal and spiritual insight. Taking time afterward to process and integrate these insights is important, otherwise, they are less valuable.
Other effects include excessive yawning, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. Rarely, severe reactions, such as convulsions, can occur.
The potency of mazatapec mushroom
Mazatapec is considered slightly less potent than average for P. cubensis.
Rough estimates for dosage for P. cubensis are available, based on what kind of experience the user wants, whether the mushrooms are fresh or dried, what strain is involved, and so forth. However, even mushrooms of the same strain can have slightly different potency, and some people are more sensitive to psilocybin than others. It’s not possible to calculate doses exactly, and for this reason, it’s best to be cautious and err on the side of too much rather than too little. A too-high dose is likely to cause unpleasant effects. I personally suggest everyone starts a new strain by micro-dosing and then working their way up to find their desired dose.