What is Penis Envy Mushroom?
The short answer is that Penis Envy mushrooms or shrooms, as they are often referred to, are a type of psilocybin mushrooms. Also called magic mushrooms, these happen to be one of the most popular types available and with an intriguing name we must add. However, the real question is, what makes the Penis Envy mushroom strain so unique?
When you first hear the name Penis Envy, we’ll forgive you for assuming that it has something to do with male enhancement. In fact, most people assume it is a male potency enhancer because it’s named that way. Though far from it. While the argument can be made, it offers men some type of potency benefits, but that’s not what this strain is mainly used for.
The term Penis Envy stems from its strange appearance, with the dense, bulbous, and yet slightly wrinkly stripe that resembles, you know what. So, whoever named it, did so for its resemblance and not necessarily the positive impact it may have on men.
Penis Envy shrooms have been studied extensively in the past few years, with some startling revelations unique to this strain. For starters, they release far fewer spores compared to their cousins. The low spore drop still makes it an aggressive fruitier, often producing monsters in subsequent flushes. Lab studies show that this strain has one of the highest psilocybin contents, but it’s challenging to grow at home. That said, if you’re going to grow them in the US, it’s worth being aware that psilocybin mushrooms are classified as a Schedule I drug and not legal for personal use cultivation. It is relatively less strict in Canada, where you can attempt to grow your own magic shrooms.
The exact origins of the Penis Envy mushroom are a bit of a mystery and a hotly debated one amongst scholars and botanists. In a way, that’s what makes them so cool apart from, of course, its recreational aspects.
The Origin of the Penis Envy Mushroom Strain
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, there is no clear evidence or indication of how and where the first Penis Envy strain first popped up. Some theories suggest that it is a mutant strain; other more wild audacious claims state its otherworldly trips as proof of the mushroom not originating on earth.
According to legend, the Penis Envy shroom first originated from a mother short that was large and healthy, grown somewhere in the Amazon Rainforest. Terence Mckenna, an ethnobotanist, psychonaut, mystic, author and lecturer, featured in many podcasts, claims to have found one in the Amazon Rainforest.
Many fans of this strain of shroom believe that the most plausible theory is that the strain was birthed out of the Amazonian Cubenesis, which McKenna took to his store. However, without evidence to support this claim, we can’t state it as facts, simply that people believe it to be true. Unfortunately, many so-called facts stated are unsubstantiated, which is why if you’re going to grow or cultivate this strain, make sure to get it from a reliable source.
The different variations have many people confused, and at times, people may identify the wrong specimens as being Penis Envy shrooms, which can be devastating if used. One of the latest revelations is that Penis Envy is the result of recessive genetic mutation. In other words, the mushrooms should exhibit two mutant copies, or it may have the same properties as the original strain. Fortunately, this claim comes from labs, which found that Penis Envy can end up reverting and looking like a cubensis mushroom.
Unfortunately, there are many misidentified strains of shrooms that resemble Penis Envy, but they aren’t. These strains usually have a single mutated copy which is why they look the way they do.
Psilocybe Cubensis Penis Envy Color Variations
The penis-looking mushroom, fortunately, isn’t the same color as one. Typically, they have a light tan and sometimes darker brown, but there are many variations. The most common variation is with blue bruising on the stem, which indicates there is high psilocybin content which is highly sought after. Usually, these so-called psilocybin mushrooms also have an unstructured cap and a near non-existent velum which separates the stem from the cap.
The unique characteristic of the psilocybe cubensis penis envy results in an often light and at times ineffective sporulation mechanism which makes them challenging to cultivate. This strain of shroom is also one of the densest amongst all magic mushrooms, and despite being shorter and often smaller compared to other specifies, they are still pretty dense.
Known Variants of the Penis Envy Shroom Strain
Even though the origins of the penis envy shroom are vastly a mystery, that does not affect mushroom enthusiasts busy creating more strains. At present, there are several genetic and mycologists who have and continue to perform various culture isolation and cross of the strain. In fact, this ‘crossing of the strain’ as it is called was started back in the 1970s, with Stephen Pollock recording the successful production of several sub-variants of the penis envy shroom like the Albino Penis Envy, Texas Penis Envy, Penis Envy #6, Trans Envy, Penis Envy Melmac and Penis Envy Uncut.
While these are all sub-strains, their potency is much higher than the original or mother Psilocybe Cubensis shroom variant/strain.
The Albino Penis Envy Mushroom Strain – It is characterized by its milky white coloration, which is where the name comes from in the first place. The caps have a slight tinge of dark blue. These sub-strains are slightly smaller than the original strain of Penis Envy.
Penis Envy Uncut Mushroom Strain is considered the most potent of all the variants and boasts a few unique characteristics. This shroom variant has distinct physical features for starters, like caps that do not ever open, even when it’s in late maturity. Also, you’ll notice darker colored caps compared to the regular Penis Envy strain.
The Trans Envy Strain – The ‘Spore Lab’ (a mushroom vendor) isolated the strain for cultivation. The appearance is a lot like the Transkei Magic Mushroom, with its slender yellowish-white stem and small to medium size caps. Though this is a less potent strain of the penis envy family of strains.
Cultivating Penis Envy Mushrooms
One of the downsides of the Penis Envy shrooms is that they are pretty challenging to cultivate. In fact, they are the most challenging cubensis varieties to cultivate. The significant reason for it being difficult is their physical characteristics, which makes their sporulation ineffective. If you’re considering cultivating Penis Envy, you’d need quite a few Penis Envy mushrooms to start with so that there are enough spores to produce some cultivatable spore syringe.
The other reason for Penis Envy being hard to cultivate is that their genetic line has been chosen artificially, and that means they wouldn’t have ever evolved in nature on their own. Also, that’s why Penis Envy is far less resistant to contamination and takes up to 25% longer to colonize properly. The pin rate of the strain is about half of other varieties and will need specialized conditions for their incubation stage. The strain needs much more moisture, a casing layer and substrate.
Genetics of each culture plays a major role in determining several characteristics of the Penis Envy, like its colonization speeds and pin rate. So, if you buy Penis Envy spores from a seller ideally with a good reputation, or get a petri dish isolated, with good genetics, you can and should be able to grow Penis Envy successfully. However, it’s important to be aware that growing and consuming them may be illegal where you live.
Effects of Using the Penis Envy
Unsurprisingly psilocybin mushrooms are used as psychedelics more commonly than for anything else. However, it is commonly used by people under 34 years old.
A study that surveyed over 409 university students in the northeast found that almost 30% of them had at least tried mushrooms at one point in their lives. However, amongst the mushrooms tried and those used by psilocybin enthusiasts, the Penis Envy shroom appears to the most popular.
The Penis Envy is best known as being the most potent of all cubensis magic mushrooms. That said, it is illegal to consume psilocybin in any form, and that’s why there are no formal tests to conclude just how much more potent this strain is or can be. Also, there are no tests to indicate the various ratios of psychotropic compounds in these magic shrooms, in addition to just being high concentration.
Some of the most common effects of consuming Penis Envies include an intense euphoric feeling, philosophical thoughts, visual stimulation, distortion of space and time, joy, and synaesthesia, which means hearing sounds and seeing colors. Some people see spiritual beings or feeling spiritual, and others report out-of-body experiences. Many believe that penis envy potency has a significant role in the intensity and type of experience.
Some other commonly reported sensations and experiences include:
- Hypnagogic Experiences – A penis envy dosage of around 1 to 2.5 grams can trigger an intense emotional experience, altered psychological functioning and introspection.
- Perceptual Shifts – It isn’t uncommon for users to experience perceptual shifts like illusions, mixed sensory modalities and synesthesia.
- Visual Perception – Some people will also experience a drastic change in their visual perception, like seeing halos around lights and objects, geometric patterns when the eyes are closed.
- Personal Perspective – Users have also reported a change in their emotions and thoughts.
- Emotional Shifts – Users will also experience powerful emotions, which can either be good or bad. Experienced users recommend that newbie users don’t resist the emotions or the directions of their thoughts but instead drift into them. However, people who have reported feeling strong negative emotions after taking penis envy have also reported a sense of detachment and acceptance for those emotions. If anything, that’s considered therapeutic.
The penis envy trip experience also partially depends on the strain you’re using. Usually, though, you can expect a 4-5 hour trip through various dimensions. According to data from a study collected by the NSDUH in 2010, which compares penis envy shrooms to other drugs or hallucinogens, shrooms were used by 1.2% of the population of those aged above 12. However, prescription “psychotherapeutics” are also used illegally but at a rate that’s 6x times higher than hallucinogens.
New data continues to bring to light many of the healing effects brought about by the use of psilocybin penis envy mushrooms.
How Much Psilocybin Should A Person Use?
The penis mushroom, as it is called, is deceptively potent. That’s why the dosage you adhere to or decide on taking will vary depending on its intended purpose. Psilocybin (the active compound, not dry magic mushroom), like many other psychedelics, is used by many people to evoke conscious awareness of the subconscious mind, repressed memories, feelings, fantasies, and even deep-rooted fears. The psychedelic use of these mushrooms is not medically approved and, according to medical professionals, can be dangerous.
Anyone who is looking to take advantage of the many effects that Penis Envy mushrooms have to offer should be prepared to deal with instances of challenging thoughts, feelings, and images. That said, the Penis Envy strain of mushrooms is best suited for anyone willing to use them in the presence of someone who isn’t using the mushrooms. The other person can be their guide, preventing dangerous activities.
The active dosage is around 3-4mg of psilocybin (compound), which is also quite common in clinical research settings. However, many clinical settings will use much higher ranges between 14-30mg. Below we have a brief list of psilocybin dosages used in clinical trials and those used in medical conditions it was aimed to treat. These figures must be considered with caution before proceeding. Ideally, you’ll want to work with someone who has experience.
- Penis Envy dosage of 0.314 mg of psilocybin per kilogram of body weight taken orally – It has been observed that at this dosage, penis envy mushrooms can help decrease anxiety and depression in patients suffering from cancer. [Griffiths et al., Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2016.]
- A dosage of 0.286-0.429 mg of magic mushrooms per kilogram of bodyweight – Was used as a pilot study of the 5-HT2A agonist psilocybin for treating tobacco addiction. [Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2014.]
While the Penis Envy mushroom was injected intravenously in some clinical trials, the effects are best felt when consumed orally, mainly by eating the dried caps and stem. Generally, the shrooms are steeped in hot water to prepare a tea-like potion. The standard dose in this form is between 1-2.5 grams.
Magic shrooms can also be chewed, but the resulting taste isn’t pleasant; it tastes bitter as soon as you chew into it. However, when consumed as a brewed tea or part of a food item, the taste can be masked or neutralize the bitterness. Some may even consume the mushrooms with sweets to counteract the bitterness, but that’s probably not the best idea as it could have unintended effects.
Now for those who don’t want to chew or eat the psilocybin mushrooms, they can be consumed as a supplement. Usually, manufacturers will crush dried mushrooms into a powder and turn them into a capsule. However, the effects are still the same, though some people claim it may not be as instantly effective as just chewing on the mushroom itself.
Adverse Effects of Consistent Penis Envy Use
Even though the penis-looking mushroom isn’t very compatible with most world governments, there are no known severe adverse effects associated with its use. In fact, the cases of people dying from overdosing on these mushrooms are almost unheard of. However, there are adverse effects that all users should be aware of, which include:
- Coordination Problems
- Acute Mood swings
- Fractal Surfing
- Muscle Weakness
Health Benefits Associated With the Use of Magical Mushrooms
Unknown to many people, including conventional medicine, psychedelic mushrooms have long been used by indigenous people in various parts of the world. It has been used to treat everything from mental illness to depression. While we are still waking up to the many benefits these mushrooms have to offer with responsible use; our understanding is still in its infancy.
In this section, we’ll examine some of the known benefits of using penis envies.
Shown to Rewire the Brain
The psilocybin found in magic mushrooms helps to decrease blood flow to certain areas of the brain, which are referred to as DMN. By restricting the flow of blood, research shows that the mushrooms reset the brain in certain a way. However, the positive and the adverse effects on some people from this so called reset is yet to be fully understood. But many users claim it is beneficial for the most part.
Some limited studies and anecdotal evidence point to the Penis Envy Mushrooms helping people reduce their dependency on smoking. Also, psilocybin has been able to cure many people addicted to DMT and cocaine. However, using magic mushrooms to cure addiction is still considered on the fringe of addiction treatment. Further research should solidify its role in treating people with various forms of substance abuse and dependency.
Help Cure Depression and Anxiety
Limited studies show that the Penis Envy works as an effective Antidot for people who are suffering from depression, mood disorders or anxiety. It works by resetting a certain network in the brain, which helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Magic Mushrooms Dosing Guide
Our Penis Envy dosing guide is pretty standard across the industry. It is used and recommended by many enthusiasts, and if you’re a beginner, this is a good place to start.
Level 1 – Micro dosing (0.1-0.25 g – SHAFAA Evolve Dose)
Most people who don’t want to experience hallucinations or be out of the world, so to speak, for a few hours can still benefit from micro-dosing. What that means is you take around 0.1 g every 2-3 days. The effects you’ll experience are more creativity and less anxiousness. Many people claim that it has improved their quality of life by raising their mood, clearing their heads, improving memory, and increasing energy.
Level 2 – Mild dose (0.5-1g – SHAFAA Elevate Dose)
It is a slightly higher microdose for those people who want to experience greater mental focus and better mood but without hallucinations. Effects from its use include alleviating conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD and ADHA etc. many people report a feeling of enhanced clarity and better social skills.
Level 3 – Moderate dose (1-2g – SHAFAA Heal Dose)
Anyone who has never taken mushrooms or drugs in general before will want to start with a moderate dose of 1-2g. While it does not offer the so-called full psychedelic experience, it is a manageable dose, resulting in some mild hallucinations. The psychedelic effects include conversational fluidity, increased creativity, mood enhancement, an altered perception of time and sound.
Level 4: Psychedelic dose (2-3.5 g – SHAFAA Teleport Dose)
It is best for users who want to experience a strong trip. The hallucinations when on this dose is intense, with amazing colors, and altered reality. Some of what you can expect to experience include enhanced appreciation for art and music, introspective, light sensitivity, dizziness, etc. Generally, we wouldn’t recommend going beyond this dose.
Level 5: The Super Strong dose (3.5-5g – SHAFAA Dissolve Dose)
If you have been taking magic mushrooms for a while, that will prepare you for this dose. We call it super strong because the hallucinations are intense, with some people losing touch with reality altogether. You may also have a bad trip. Some of the experiences people have reported include time becoming meaningless, ego death, anxiety, fear, nausea and a mystical experience. It can be scary for some first-timers.
Whether it is the blue Penis Envy mushroom or the Melmac Penis Envy shroom, they are all pretty amazing and powerful at the same time. It is essential to approach these mushrooms with caution and use them with respect. Understand and learn about how best to use them, and start with a small dose. Also, if you’re prone to allergies, find out if you are allergic to them before maybe going on a trip!