TRADITIONAL EFFECTS: cyanescens is one of several magic mushroom species that is psychoactive. cyanescens contains, on average, psilocin (0.48%) and psilocybin (0.11%), as well as serotonin (0.072%), urea (1.8%), and baeocystin (0.02%); unlike its relatives Panaeolus subbalteatus and Panaeolus sphinctrinus, this species contains only negligible amounts of 5HTP (<0.005%) (Stijve 1992). P. cyanescens was formerly classified as Copelandia cyanescens, as part of a genus created for psilocybin-containing psychoactive varieties and it may still be found under this name in older texts.
When ingested, cyanescens produces strong, colorful visual hallucinations and auditory distortions usually lasting from 4-6 hours (Stijve 1992), sometimes up to 7 hours (Cox 1981). In high doses, Panaeolus cyanescens may temporarily interfere with voluntary muscle control (Cox 1981); Samoan informants have also reported that habitual use can cause a rash to form around the neck (Cox 1981), possibly due to the species’ notable urea content (Stijve 1992).
Anecdotal reports from a study conducted in the Netherlands suggested that the hallucinations induced by the oral consumption of P. cyanescens lingered compared to the more fleeting images indu
cyanescens is a very potent hallucinogenic mushroom, and this results from it being a strong producer of psychoactive compounds – psilocybin and psilocin. The psilocybin and psilocin levels are higher in cyanescens than in other ‘magic mushrooms,’ of which there may be over 100 different types. Magic mushrooms refer to a group of fungi that produce the psychoactive compound psilocybin. These mushrooms have been consumed for approximately 3000 years, originally dating back to Mexico, and are still used by natives in ceremonies, including religious ceremonies, and for healing purposes. Many that have consumed cyanescens have described having spiritual experiences
For this reason, it is not unheard of for people to try to cultivate these mushrooms themselves, although with varying levels of success since cyanescens is sensitive to the correct levels of air, temperature, and humidity. They are particularly fond of nutrient-rich areas, especially where livestock graze, as they grow on dung. cyanescens has a variety of names that can be used interchangeably including Copelandia Cyanescens, Blue Meanies, and Pan Cyans.