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How Many Types Of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Are There?

How Many Types Of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Are There?

There are thousands of species of mushrooms, but it is the Psilocybin “magic” mushrooms that are known for their hallucinogenic properties. There are more than 180 species of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the world that contain varying amounts of the substances psilocin and psilocybin, which produce a similar psychedelic experience to LSD.

Most Common Types of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

The following are the most well-known and common varieties of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Psilocybe cubensis, also known as the golden cap, Mexican mushroom, or common large Psilocybe, is one of the biggest hallucinogenic mushrooms with a reddish-brown cap and a white or yellowish stem. This species grows on cattle dung in moist climates.
Psilocybe baeocystis, sometimes called the blue bell or potent Psilocybe, has a dark brown cap and a brownish stem when it’s fresh. This species grows on rotting logs and peat in fields.
Psilocybe semilanceata, or liberty bell, is found in grassy, damp fields where animals graze, but it doesn’t grow on dung. This small mushroom has a light brown or yellow cap with a fine point. This species is often confused for Psilocybe pelliculosa, or the liberty cap, which does not have the narrow conical cap and is a weaker hallucinogenic.

While most hallucinogenic or psilocybin mushrooms are in the Psilocybe genus, there are many other species across several genera that contain these hallucinogenic compounds, including:

  • Conocybe
  • Copelandia
  • Galerina
  • Gymnopilus
  • Inocybe
  • Mycena
  • Pluteus

Dangers of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

Ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms does not cause hallucinations, but rather a distortion of perception. Taking mushrooms can cause nausea, dizziness, muscle weakness and numbness. There is also the genuine danger of consuming the wrong mushroom. Without a large amount of knowledge about identifying mushrooms, it’s easy to mistake a poisonous mushroom for a magic mushroom. While mushrooms themselves are not considered addictive, users quickly build up a tolerance, and it’s believed there may be cross-tolerance between hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs like mescaline.

In the United States, psilocybin mushrooms are considered a Schedule I drug under the Psychotropic Substances Act, which means they have a high abuse potential with no accepted medical use.

Recovering from Addiction

If you are having difficulty giving up mushrooms, or you have a co-dependency on other drugs and alcohol, inpatient treatment can help you. An inpatient treatment program requires living at the facility 24 hours a day. Today, drug addiction is accepted as a complex problem that involves behavioral, environmental, and even genetic factors. Inpatient treatment is designed to help you through the withdrawal stage as smoothly as possible.

The goal of inpatient treatment is helping you become a member of a therapeutic community to change your behavior and attitudes about drug use through several useful healing techniques. If you are struggling with substance abuse, self-treatment is not the solution. It’s time to consider inpatient treatment to get the help you need.


  • Angie

    I didn’t realize that people where ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms to get a high. Please, if you are doing this, seek assistance in getting clean and sober. An inpatient treatment program seems like the best option for this. As you are removed from all of your triggers, you get to detox safely and at a place like BDR, you get to really get to the bottom of your addiction and a really great aftercare program to help you once you have left their program. Please get the help you need to get clean and sober.

  • Amanda

    Wow! Can you believe that there are more then 180 different types of hallucinogenic mushrooms. I had no idea and the fact that people take them to distort their perceptions. It is scary to think that you can take the wrong one thinking it was hallucinogenic and instead poisonous. But people can still abuse mushrooms even though they are not considered addictive. Finding a place to get the right help is the first and most important step in any recovery.

  • Walter

    I never was big on the psychedelic mushrooms, but I sure do know many people who have used them. Personally I always thought they were stupid, but they were definitely presented to me. I understand that these have a very dangerous effect, and as with all drugs, you are essentially poisoning yourself to where you experience an altered state of reality. It is important to understand that there are many dangers to ingesting any type of drug, and I would strongly recommend getting the help that you need to get off of the drugs and not use them, but at the same time I know that this can be difficult. Just remember, that there is a lot of bad stuff that can happen to you. I have seen a guy get so paranoid that there was nothing we could do to get him back to reality and he went totally crazy from using these things to much. I also know that the penalty for use is crazy high. So again, dont eat mushrooms, read this article. If you get an idiot for a dealer, you could die due to it being a poison mushroom.

  • Jonathan

    This article is full of information and in that, the truth revealed is a little scary as it is difficult to confront. The fact that there are over 180 kinds of mushrooms that can be used to make a drug is very scary. That means if you try it one time, it will have a certain effect on you which could be slightly pleasant, so you try it again, expecting the same effect, but this time it is made from a different mushroom so it gives you an entirely different and unwanted bad effect. That is way too many variables that I don’t understand why a person would be willing to take the risk for.

    Because after you enter in the variant of what kind of mushroom it is and how it will effect your body, you also have the variant of how the person prepared it that is giving it to you. Is it just the mushroom or was it altered in some way? And there are mushrooms that can be mistaken for one another and can be just pure poison with no beneficial pleasant effect.

    The point is rather interesting that this drug has no medicinal value as opposed to other drugs that can have medicinal value but are altered and abused which creates the adverse effect.

    Just from reading this article, it is clear that shrooms are the most dangerous drug out of all of them and should be avoided at all costs.

  • carcol

    Wow, who would have thought that there were so many different kinds of hallucinogenic mushrooms! It makes me wonder about some of the one’s I see growing outside during the summer months. I have never tried them but now would never for fear they might be magic mushrooms. I know a friend of mine when I was young used to get them and boil them on the stove and then eat them. Am not sure if this is the best way to go but he seemed to like it. Getting someone who is known to be using these mushrooms into a rehab program could help them before the get into more dangerous drugs.

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