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A guide to hunting gold top magic mushies

A guide to hunting gold top magic mushies

A guide to hunting gold top magic mushies by Australian mushroom hunters. This guide is about the most common magic mushroom in Victoria, and in most states of Australia. This is the psilocybe subaeruginosa. They are also known as gold tops, wavy caps or subs. Gold tops have a caramel coloured cap with a thick white stem and gills that are a creamy brown in colour. The stems go blue when handled.

Gold tops are easy to find and identify when you know what you are looking for. But you need to know what you are doing or you could end up eating a poisonous mushroom and get very sick and even die.

Identifying gold tops

Gold tops are a distinctive magic mushroom that is one of the most potent of all psychedelic mushrooms.

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Best time to hunt for Psilocybe Cubensis

Best time to hunt for Psilocybe cubensis

Psilocybe cubensis is a type of magic mushroom found throughout the world. Its active compounds are psilocybin and psilocin. Cubes are a reddish to golden brown colour with a light-coloured ring and turn purple when bruised. When mature the tops are planar with gills that attach horizontally to the stem. The gills form close together and hold purple coloured spores that germinate in a suitable substrate.

Other names it is known as include:

  • Cubes
  • Golden caps
  • Cubensis
  • Golden teacher.

Natural habitat

Psilocybe cubensis is one of the most common of the magic mushroom family. It is a dung loving species that grows in the dung of herbivores such as cows,

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Hunting and Identifying Magic Mushrooms in Australia

Hunting and Identifying Magic Mushrooms in Australia is a fun hobby with huge rewards. Just make sure you seek out to find your shroomies when it’s the right season.

Identifying magic mushrooms

Magic mushrooms can look like every day, ordinary mushrooms. So, it is important to identify any mushrooms you collect. There are many poisonous varieties. Australia has many species of magic mushies that are easily mistaken for poisonous ones that can cause death.

Synthetic Psilocybin

You can buy magic mushies dried in capsules and there is a synthetic form of the psilocybin. It’s a white crystalline powder and it’s used for making tablets and capsules. You can also use it dissolved in water.


Hunting and Identifying Magic Mushrooms in Australia


Australia has at least 30 species of magic mushrooms.

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Blue Meanies Panaeolus Cyanescens

Blue Meanies

Blue meanies Panaeolus cyanescens grow across Australia from Spring through Summer. Their season starts a little after the gold tops finish. These medium to high/very high potency mushrooms are a small greyish white with a domed cap. As it develops the cap can split and show blue streaks. It is light brown or yellow but changes colour into a greyish white colour as it matures; and the centre remains dark.


Blue Meanies Panaeolus Cyanescens


It bruises blue when damaged and the gills develop black spores. Some species in Australia have a darker brown cap. The stem is thin and a blue grey colour with white lumps. The stems dry to a blue/back colour.

Identifying Australian Blue Meanies Panaeolus Cyanescens

The main way to recognise blue meanies is through the black spores and blue staining throughout the mushroom.

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