B+ Magic Mushroom is a strain of Psilocybe cubensis, a well-known hallucinogenic mushroom [i]. The B + strain is popular with growers because it is easy to process, accepts a variety of growing conditions and substrates, and produces large, thick caps. It is not the fastest growing of the P. cubensis varieties, nor is B + the slowest. The color may vary slightly depending on the growing conditions; Lovers describe the large, caramel-golden caps as “beautiful”.
About B+ Magic Mushroom Psilocybe cubensis
It can be difficult to learn more about P. cubensis [ii] as its use as a “magic” mushroom as many authors focus on this point and exclude everything else. The main interest is “magic”, learning the mushroom provides the necessary context.
P. cubensis is one of several closely related psychoactive species, although it is the best known (there are also other psychoactive mushrooms that are not closely related to P. cubensis and have slightly different effects). The effects are psilocybin, psilocin, baeocystin, and norbaeocystin. The concentration of these substances can vary greatly from mushroom to mushroom.
Although P. cubensis is not generally considered to be poisonous (but see note under Precautions!), It is very similar to other species, including the aptly named fatal Galerin. Growing magic mushrooms at home is far safer than growing them wild, and there are several cultivated strains available, including the B +, often with fun and creative names.
Cap: Flat domed above, generally smooth. Variable color but generally light brown with a dark center. The inner pulp is white but with bruises.
Gills: Initially gray, darkening to purple and then black, but generally with pale edges.Very young specimens still have a veil covering the gills.
stem: often very long. Whitish, but with bruises. After the veil is torn when the cap is expanded, the remnants of the veil remain in a fabric ring around the stem, like a skirt. some of them land on the ring and dye it purple.
spore color: purple.
Habitat: In nature, P. cubensis feeds and fertilizes cattle manure. It is common in much of the world, in part because it tracks cattle; Cattle egrets, birds that specialize in hunting insects near cattle, carry the spores to new pastures.
Growing B + mushrooms
There are different ways of growing B+ Magic Mushroom. The easiest way, especially for beginners, is to use a commercially available, already inoculated culture kit [iii]. However, advanced growers have many other options. There are culture kits that are not yet inoculated with mycelium (liquid culture bottles are included in the kit or can be ordered separately) or it is possible to start from scratch, mix and sterilize the substrate at home and inoculate the culture from spores. [iv]. Starting from scratch requires a little more technical knowledge, but produces more consistent results.
Note, however, that growing psychoactive mushrooms is illegal in many jurisdictions, but possession of spores or liquid cultures is generally not.That means sellers are not breaking the law to sell spores or unvaccinated crops or substrates or other supplies, but collecting these items and growing mushrooms can be a very serious crime. near you so as not to accidentally break the law. Despite the law, this doesn’t stop people from microdosing mushrooms.
Procurement of Consumables
Whether a manufacturer is using a kit or starting from scratch, a manufacturer must source supplies from somewhere. It is important to note that not all providers are created equal and not all are remotely suitable; the industry is complete It is not uncommon for kits to arrive contaminated or culture bottles containing spores of the wrong strain or even the wrong species. Some would-be breeders have bought bottles that only contained water.
It is important for manufacturers to research suppliers thoroughly before placing an order. Joining a grower community and learning as much about mushroom growing as possible will help both knowing what questions to ask when examining a breeder and knowing which companies have good reputations.
Growing from scratch
There are several ways to grow P. cubensis and indeed one of the advantages of the B + variety is that it will grow in almost any substrate and is very forgiving of novice mistakes. It’s a very popular substrate, as is rice or coconut, but fertilizer works as well as some other options (see: The Ultimate Guide to Mushroom Substrates). The entire process, from inoculation to harvest, takes about two months.