The Top Strongest Magic Mushroom Species

So here are the 10 strongest magic mushroom species. As already mentioned, potency can vary enormously within a species and group. So exercise great caution when taking mushrooms, especially if you are a beginner. The figures given here are a rough indication of the power you can expect. That being said, they should give you some insight into these wondrous mystical organisms.

The information available on magic mushroom species is limited. When possible, the concentration of psilocin, psilocybin and baeocystin will be given as a percentage of the dried mushroom . However, these numbers are not available for all species of magic mushrooms and so the numbers will vary from species to species.

There's a word to say here: if you're planning on going wild-picking one of these strains, make sure you know exactly what you're looking for. Many varieties have incredibly poisonous look-alikes that can even be deadly.


First on the list is Psilocybe azurescens . It is, as far as we know, the strongest magic mushroom in the world. It will amaze you — if you can get hold of it. In the wild, it is restricted to the west coast of the United States, where it grows most abundantly in the deciduous forests around the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest region. It is possible to grow Psilocybe azurescens indoors if you know how to grow mushrooms, but you won't find a grow kit. Outdoors, however, it is possible to successfully grow a field of Psilocybe azurescens mushrooms in your garden.


It is one of the strongest species in the world, considered to be up to five times stronger than some varieties of P. cubensis. It is also referred to as Copelandia Hawaiian and the species is well known for its strength and relative ease of cultivation. It can be grown indoors and pre-colonized grow kits can be purchased. These mushrooms are found all over the world and are a dung-loving species. So much so that the stuff in Panaeolus cyanescens grow kits is usually horse manure.


For many, Psilocybe semilanceata is the magic mushroom in essence. Also known as the 'liberty cap', it's the mushroom that boasts the famous, instantly recognizable bell-shaped nipple and cap. Psilocybe semilanceata is the most common magic mushroom in nature. It grows in 17 northern European countries, where it is considered native. Reports also speak of a distribution wider than this area. It is also one of the strongest mushrooms in the world.

In dried Psilocybe semilanceata samples, psilocybin concentrations ranging from 0.2% to 2.37% have been measured. In fact, the highest psilocybin levels ever measured have been found in this species. However, the average concentration is around 1%, which explains why it is not at the top of this list. Baeocystin levels are approximately 0.36%.


Psilocybe cyanescens (sometimes also called wavy caps) is another powerful magic mushroom species. It is also widespread and spreading more and more thanks to the increased use of mulch to prevent unwanted weeds. Loving mulch, not soil, cyanescens grows in large quantities and is incredibly potent. In the UK, a colony of 100,000 mushrooms was once discovered. Imagine the trip! But they are also found in Europe and also in the United States. American varieties seem to be stronger than their European cousins. However, this could be due to tests carried out on the wrong species in Europe.

In total, their indole content (the three compounds combined) in a dried mushroom can reach 1.96%. In a moist mushroom, the ratio is 0.39–0.66% psilocybin and 0.75–1.96% psilocin.

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