Psilocybe Azurescens Overview
Psilocybe azurescens, also known as Flying Saucers, Blue Runners, Blue Angels, or Azzies, are the strongest psilocybin species that grow in the wild. As the story goes, they were originally found by Boy Scouts camping in Oregon in 1979 but weren’t an official species until Paul Stamets identified them in 1996 and published his findings.
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Azurescens are only found on the West coast of the U.S. from California to Washington and mostly cluster near the Columbia River delta in Oregon. That’s because they prefer to live in sandy soils, such as near dunes and seagrasses, and on loose, decaying wood. They can even withstand pretty chilly temperatures compared to other psilocybin-containing mushrooms, from 16 to 24° C (60 – 75° F). Fortunately, that also makes Azzies easy to cultivate outside for home growers in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, though, they apparently taste very bitter.
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Psilocybe azurescens have some of the highest percentages of psilocybin (up to 1.78 percent), psilocin (0.38 percent), and baeocystin (0.35 percent), which is three to four times more than p. cubensis or p. semilanceata. Therefore, one dried gram could be a potent dose, so psilonauts should tread lightly with these extra powerful fungi.
Not to mention, there is also a potential side effect of paralysis after ingesting higher doses. Although only temporary, it can be an anxiety-inducing experience if you’re not prepared. However, flying saucers—named for their unique UFO-like shape—are known for their intense visuals and profound inner journeys. Their potent strength also makes them popular for microdosing according to strain database Psillow, and you would need very little for intended effects.
Here’s how to identify Psilocybe azurescens:
- Caps are 3–10cm across
- Mature shrooms’ caps will have a slightly convex shape with a pronounced central nipple (the umbo)
- Colour varies somewhat from caramel to ochre (clay-like)
- The stipe ranges from 9–20cm in length, with a thicker base covered by coarse, white hairs.