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What are Penis Envy Shrooms?

Penis Envy is a specific strain of mushrooms that are stronger than other types of mushrooms and therefore cause a more intense shroom trip.

What exactly are Penis Envy Mushrooms?

Many people believe that Penis Envy mushrooms are by far the most potent psychedelic mushrooms. The reality is that up until 2021 we had very little information on the actual potency of different psychedelic mushrooms beyond what citizen scientists were reporting. So a lot of people would take penis envy mushrooms, have really intense, profound experiences and then believe that Penis Envy mushrooms are strong, but there was no actual data proving the potency of various strains that people were taking. 

Are Penis Envy shrooms more potent than other types of mushrooms?

In 2021 there was an event called the Psilocybin Cup where growers got together from all over to submit different batches of psilocybin containing mushrooms. The scientists there measured their potency and found that Penis Envy mushrooms, on average, were stronger than Golden Teachers, which is another strain of Psilocybin Cubensis that is very popular. 

However the potency of mushrooms ranges widely; even among mushrooms of the same strain and of the same species, and even between mushrooms that are growing next to one another. There is a lot of variation in potency. The cap also can have more psilocybin than the stem! 

The History of Penis Envy Mushrooms

In the early 1970s iconic ethnobotanist Terence McKenna was in the Amazon Rainforest when he encountered a patch of psychedelic mushrooms. At the time psilocybin was already federally illegal in the United States and in much of the world. Richard Nixon had signed the Controlled Substances Act into law in 1970. But there was a loophole, and there’s still a loophole, which is that mushroom spores were not illegal. So Terence McKenna took a couple of spore prints from this patch of mushrooms that were growing wild in the Amazon, and he put them in his suitcase and he flew back with them to his home state of Colorado. 

When McKenna got back to the United States he gave one of the spore prints to a friend of his, a medical doctor by the name of Steven Pollock. Pollock began refining the culture by performing isolation on different components of the mushroom to make it stronger. Eventually one day one little mushroom popped up that looked strange, and it was a mutation and that was the Penis Envy mushroom! 

What is a Penis Envy mushroom trip like?

Psilocybin mushrooms contain many different kinds of alkaloids. People say that a penis envy mushroom trip is much more intense than tripping on different strains of psilocybin mushrooms. They often report more intense visuals. Some people say that they experience wavy visuals more than they do on other types of psilocybin. Some people say that having kind of a profound mystical experience is more accessible to them on penis envy mushrooms. Some people say the experience of being on Penis Envy mushrooms is more like being on DMT than it is even like being on trips. This is not a universal experience, but Penis Envy shrooms can be intense.

Are there different types of Penis Envy mushrooms?

Beginning in the late 1970s with Steven Pollack, several mycologists and genetic vendors have been playing around with the Penis Envy strain which has led to a variety of different types of Penis Envy. There is Albino Penis Envy, Penis Envy Number Six, Texas Penis Envy, Penis Envy Uncut, and so on. If you buy Penis Envy online, you’re likely to be purchasing either just Penis Envy or Albino Penis Envy. 

Why are Penis Envy Mushrooms stronger than other strains?

It’s theorized that the stronger effect of Penis Envy mushrooms is due to the higher concentration of psychotropic alkaloids as well as the higher percentage of psilocybin. 

Why are they called Penis Envy? 

There isn’t much to it, except for the fact that they look like penises, and sometimes large ones. 

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