Psilocybin Production

Starting the Culture

Psilocybin Mycelium Perti Dish

Upon obtaining one or more specimens of a psilocybin bearing mushroom, one I can begin to cultivate as much of the hallucinogen as desired. Any part of the fungus can be used for inoculation. If the spores are used, consideration must be given to the natural life cycle of the mushroom. A single cap contains millions of spores, and any one of these will germinate in the medium to form a mycelium. But this mycelium will consist of what is known as monokaryotic tissue. Such a mycelial organism...

Psilocybian Species

Psilocybin Cubensis Field Guid

Conocybe cyanopus Found from May I through September usually in dense I shade scattered among mosses and in wet soil around bogs, swamps, and ditches in the northwestern USA and as far east as Michigan. Carpophores grow well in sphagnum moss having a pH range of 7-8. Copelandia cyanescens Found from early summer through late autumn scattered, grouped, or clustered on cow dung or rich soil in Florida and other southern states. Spores germinate easily on all agar media. Optimum growth occurs on...

Psilocybin and the

It is difficult to determine how the use of certain hallucinogenic substances would be treated in the courts. Possession of psilocybin and psilocin (misspelled in the U.S. code as psilocyn) is a felony under Title 21, Section I, (C) of the United States Code (1970 Edition). Psilocybe mexicana is also illegal. There was sufficient ignorance on the part of the law makers not to include the many other mushroom species containing psilocybin and psilocin. Theoretically the possession of any...

Large Scale Production

The techniques and procedures described in this book could be employed to cultivate modest supplies of psilocy-bin for personal use, or they could be expanded for the large scale production of many thousands of doses per week. The diagram on the following page shows one way in which a small 10x15 foot room with standard 8 foot ceilings could be set up to produce a continuing yield of about 5000 doses per week. The stock culture shelves here are 1 foot deep and 5 feet long. Each holds twenty 15...

Maintaining a Psilocybin Farm

Psilocybin Drug

Fresh inoculum can come from stock culture dishes kept under refrigeration. If these should become healthy strains of mycelium from the crop cultures can be used to inoculate sterilized agar media in the dishes. The crop culture jar is shaken violently to break up the mycelium. Then drops of the liquid are transferred to au-toclaved petri dishes of unused agar medium with a sterilized pipette and left to grow as before. If this reinoculation of stock cultures from existing crops is continued...

Finding Psilocybin Mushrooms

All it takes is one mushroom or a few spores. From this, one can quickly develop a culture that will continue to produce as much psilocybin as desired for years to come. Because the common San Ysidro mushroom Psilocybe cubensis (Singer), formerly Strophanti cubensis (Earl), is the most easily obtainable, most readily cultivated, most disease resistant, and psychoactively strongest species, the techniques in this book are geared to its use. There are, however, numerous other species which...

Pure Culture Technique

The most difficult part of psilocybian mushroom cultivation is the observance of the rules of pure culture technique. These are the sanitary codes of mushroom cultivation. There are usually many varieties of bacteria and fungal spores in our environment floating in the air, clinging to our hands and clothing, issuing from our mouths with every exhalation. Extreme measures must therefore be taken to keep these out of the mycelial cultures, which could be rapidly overrun. The following points...