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WHAT ARE GOLD CAP SHROOMS?
Golden Cap Mushroom is one of several common names for Psilocybe cubensis. Of the more than 150 species of Psilocybe mushrooms, P. cubensis is the largest of its genus. It’s also the most well well-known and grown; hence its nickname as the commercial Psilocybe. The genus name derives from Greek and literally translates to “bare head,” an accurate reflection of its cap’s appearance.
P. cubensis was first discovered in Cuba by the American mycologist F.S. Earle at the turn of the 20th century. The species name, cubensis, reflects this history, literally meaning “coming from Cuba.” At the time, the species was classified as part of the Stropharia genus. However, mycologists later reclassified it into the broader Psilocybe genus. Historians believe that Spaniards first brought P. cubensis to America along with their cattle during their 16th-century missionary expeditions. Curanderos (shamans) preferred using other Psilocybe species, such as P. mexicana and P. aztecorum, in their ceremonies.
How To Identify Golden Cap Mushroom?
Gold cap mushrooms are easy to recognize from their large size, deep golden color, and tendency to bruise blue with age or when injured.
When gold cap shrooms are young, the caps start out bulbous and convex, maturing to be flat and wide (roughly 1.5–8 cm in diameter). The young caps are a reddish cinnamon-brown, lightening with age to a light golden brown. They have a darker golden hue in the middle and a light whitish ring around the margin. A raised area called the umbo often tops the center of the cap. The closely-spaced gills (which disperse the spores) are initially a pale white, then become deep purplish gray to black with age. The spores themselves form a dark purple-brown-to-black spore print.
The stem of a gold cap ranges from 4–15 cm in length. It tends to be thicker toward the base of the fruiting body. It’s off-white to yellowish in color and can be hollow or meaty, depending on growing conditions. Attached to the stem is a white membranous annulus. The annulus is a ring-like remnant of the partial veil that covers the gills when the mushroom is young. Both the annulus and stem bruise a bluish color when injured. This is due to the oxidation of psilocin content in the mushroom.
WHERE TO FIND GOLDEN CAP MUSHROOM
You can find gold cap mushrooms in tropical and subtropical climates, especially in pastures and humid grasslands. Around the world you can find them growing in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Central America, and South America. You can also find them in parts of Australia (Queensland and New South Wales) and a handful of countries in Asia. In the United States, they grow in southeastern states, particularly in warm-weathered cattle fields where humidity stays above 85%. They most frequently grow in May or June but will grow until January.
The global distribution of gold caps intimately relates to the worldwide cattle ranching industry. In the wild, gold caps colonize the dung of grazing herbivores such as cows, horses, and goats. On manure, they will either grow alone or in small clustered groups.
As mentioned, gold cap shrooms are the most popular species for indoor cultivation. They rose to prominence after Dennis and Terence McKenna published Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide in 1976. Gold cap shrooms grow optimally at near 100% humidity, and at temperatures between 75–81°F. The most popular methods of cultivation are the small-scale “cake methods,” such as the PF Tek method. This method is highly recommended for beginner growers. It involves a brown rice flour/vermiculite mixture and takes just 5–6 weeks in total, starting from the mushroom spores.
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