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Samwise

Interesting Azurescens experience

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Samwise

So last week I had the good fortune to experience P. azurescens for the first time with my girlfriend, and my mum had a session where we sat for her the following afternoon...WOWZA!!! It was consumed in the form of a chocolate, also imbued with lion's mane mushroom (for proposed synergistic neurogenic effects) and mono atomic gold (personally sceptical of the claims made about the latter). Setting was a cosy bedroom environment with candles, incense and a specially selected psilocybin playlist. We each ate 2/3 of a chocolate, which is equivalent to around 2.5 of dry Azurescens mushrooms.  What amazing mushrooms...completely distinct and unlike any other mushroom I've ever had, and I'm a pretty well travelled psilonaut... This experience for me was very interesting...much more fast paced than my usual mushroom experiences, and much more electric feeling. The peak came on disconcertingly quickly after I first started to feel effects, and the speed and driving electric intensity of its onset was very different to other mushroom experiences I've had previously and it caught me off guard, for 10 mins or so I really felt like I had bitten off more than I could chew, which I've not really experienced with mushrooms before. These mushrooms didn't feel earthy in the way all my past mushroom experiences have done...these were experienced on a more cosmic, transpersonal level. It reminded me of a more light filled DPT or DMT experience in some respects during the peak (while very much having its own character), given this high speed, high vibrational electric intensity...very colourful and light filled, with a lot of rainbows and very visionary, including powerful open eye visuals, which I don't always get strongly with mushrooms, my journeys are often more internally visionary. Once things settled down a bit, I found myself in a supremely exalted, blissful, majestic state of bemushroomed consciousness, it really didn't feel 'earthy' in the way mushrooms usually do, I remember remarking I couldn't believe that these came from the Earth...I was in a bejewelled and very golden realm that was regal and resplendent (not sure how much my knowledge of the monoatomic gold factored in, but this was experienced by my mum and girlfriend on these mushrooms to), very sensual, and had a spiritual kundalini-esque feeling, with lots of bodily vibrational and electrical feelings in my hands...it was a physical experience while at the same time feeling clean and easy on the body.

Interestingly, there was very little personal content, shadow or inner work as all three of us have experienced previously with high dose P. cubensis trips...these mushrooms seem to take one to realms beyond that and were experienced by all of us as being much more benign, positive, nurturing and cosmic feeling than P. cubensis. It was also interesting to note that the Imperial College psilocybin-depression 'psilodep2' playlist...such a fundamental part of previous P. cubensis experiences...had little effect on us in this state, and only some songs caught our interest or attention. So perhaps there are better mushroom species for inner work, yet at the same time it is nice to be able to reap the benefits of a psilocybin defrag without having to go through something gruelling. In previous P. cubensis session we would be prone to lying down with eye shades...in these experiences the eye shades never made it on, although there was some much enjoyed closed eyes time. In spite of the lack of personal inner work, we rocked/are rocking a great afterglow, which seems to occur irrespective of one's degree of inner work, it seems more physiological in origin. My girlfriend is a therapist who works with psilocybin, and for her this was a unique experience, in that all of her previous psilocybin experiences (almost all with P. cubensis) have been very challenging and often dark in character. I had said she may find that different species have different characters and experiential effects, but she was sceptical until she experienced the Azurescens...this was her first time experiencing a truly blissful, exalted, cosmic and transpersonal experience with psilocybin, and she likened to a similar very profound and positive San Pedro cactus experience she had a number of years ago.

I know some people hold the view that there is no difference in experiential qualities between different mushroom species, a view I have to say I find rather odd, and feel is likely down to a lack of experience with the various different species. P. azurescens, as well as being the most potent magic mushroom species known (at least on average), also contains high levels of psilocybin analog baeocystin. Beyond one or two bioassays with the latter substance, there has been no human research using it, and talking to psychedelic pharmacologist Prof. David Nicholls, he states that it has different receptor affinities than psilocybin, leading one to suspect it likely has distinct effects...so its presence alongside the psilocin/psilocybin may well modulate the experience, and I suspect varying quantities and proportions of alkaloids like this, norbaeocystin and other tryptophan derivatives and psilocybin precursors occurring among the different species are likely what give rise to the commonly perceived differences in experiential qualities between them. All three of us experienced P. azurescens to feel remarkably different in character to any previous P. cubensis experiences. So if people are curious to explore this for themselves, I would encourage them to ingest other species...there is definitely more to the mushroom world than P. cubensis. I look forward to experiencing this mushroom again, but I feel I'll be content having a lower dose next time, they may feel benign but their power is definitely worthy of respect!! Has anyone else experienced this species and noticed any differences? :)

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Mushinist

Thanks for the report Sam! 

Makes me just want to grow them even more! I'll definitely try again this spring.

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Samwise

Hey dude, yeah these were UK grown Azurescens, so I know it can be done here, and this has inspired me to grow my own...I'm just about to 'noc a load of jars with some mycelium colonised woodchips as it happens. Would be so cool to have one's own outdoor bed of these! :)

 

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Mushinist

Did you start from a print?

I have plans for a few different beds this year, time to quit playing around. Personal wavys and Azure beds would be the coolest!

Keep me updated on how your bed comes along!

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Samwise

Hey dude, sorry for the delay, the site was down for me for some reason, my browser couldn't load it properly. Yeah I started from a spore print but also managed to find a source of Azurescens colonised woodchips. I've used the woodchips to inoculate 8 whole oats/sawdust jars which are colonising nicely, and I inoculated some agar with the spores and have just used that to make some woodlover LC...I've heard they do well in LC and I think LC could be a big boon to woodlover growing. I also started some Cyanescens on agar at the same time and made some LC, fingers crossed for outdoor woochip beds of both!! Will be more than happy to keep you updated with further developments. :)

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Mushinist

Yeah it was down for everyone I assume because it wasn't loading for me as well. And thanks!

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So I had another high dose Azurescens experience a month and a half ago, in a very different setting, and yet the mushrooms still had a very distinct character and feel that was reminiscent of my first experience. While my first experience took place inside a cosy candle lit bedroom environment with one other person, my girlfriend at the time...this time the experience took place outside in some stunning nature, in a forested river valley in a remote part of rural Wales. I had a feeling this would work well, as I didn't feel much compulsion to journey inwards with these mushrooms previously as I tend to with mushrooms...I was more externally interested and preoccupied. It was a special group composed of some of my nearest and dearest friends...some old, some new...and a certain explorer known for a few BBC series and a documentary film, who was a most warm, generous and interesting host. The day before, we'd all had a 5-MeO-DMT/Bufo session...everyone else had had Bufo, and whereas I had opted for the pure synthetic 5-MeO...I feel I was dosed a fair bit more liberally than anyone else, and it look a fair bit longer for me to re-enter. The experience was very intense for me, but the afterglow state, and sharing that state with everyone, was very pleasant.

The dose was the same as last time, half a chocolate. We consumed our doses (there was 8 of us) while trekking through this wooded valley. The coming up period was quite the ride, and our group split up. It was in some sense hard to gauge one's level of ascendency while in such stunning nature. In my case, it was coming across a road that intersected the woods...and the level of outrageous geometric patterns and colours it was crawling with...that made it hit home how deeply in it I was. We found the rest of the group, and ventured on into the woods. One of my friends was finding it hard to walk, and was bowled over at the intensity of the mushrooms he was experiencing, him being no spring chicken when it came to fungal forays into the bemushroomed realms. I said it before and I say it again...Azurescens stand apart from any other mushroom I have so far experienced. There was a physical, driving high vibrational electrical intensity to them which I have found very present the previous time I had taken them...they don't feel mushroom like to me, in the sense from what I've come to expect from mushrooms. They don't feel particularly earthy either...it's like they were engineered on an alien planet or came from somewhere else.

I was DEEP in it. It was on the outer fringes of what I feel I could cope with socially. Part of me wanted to go lie down on some moss alone and dissolve for a bit. We found a water fall and bathed under it, naked for a time...the coldness of the water didn't seem to affect us much. And I felt this weird compulsion to do it, and it was quite a grounding experience bathing under the waterfall in that state! I remember feeling at one point like I must have left my phone in my pocked and got it wet as I felt electricity surging through my leg...no phone at all, just my nervous system. I felt like I had stuck my finger into the Gaian plug socket and was getting a bit zapped...the mushrooms were mostly friendly, but there was this driving electrical intensity that was quite imposing...I'm glad I hadn't eaten any more. The closed eye visuals when splashing water on one's face were outrageous.

We found a very nice mossy tree by a lovely river and hung out in and around it...time was acting very odd, in that it had apparently only been an hour and a half since dosing, but so much seem to have been experienced in that time, the trip seemed to have levelled out and stabilised at that point...we had a top up, another quarter chocolate, and I wasn't really expecting much going on past mushroom experiences, I assumed it would just extend the experience a bit. But quite rapidly, we were right back in it!! After the rather turbulent journey to the peak, this caught some us off guard...and again, my friend and I felt a little socially awkward, so we hung out in the river bed a bit away from the tree where everyone else was, sharing his alpaca wool blanket...in a state of complete hilarity. Nature was just absolutely stunning, wherever one looked...even the boulders in the river bed were riotous works of natural art, and quite amusing at the time. It was a curious mental state...socially almost slightly uncomfortable...yet in a state of uninhibited joy and hilarity...interspersed with spells of intense introspection. We stayed outside until it went dark, having a fantastic walk back to our digs, in awe of all the stunning natural forms around us. When we got back we made a fire, opened a few beers and rolled a joint or two and cooked up a fantastic dinner and had some wonderful chats. What a day!

This was definitely one of the best weekends I've had in a while, and this summer ha not been lacking in great weekends. Paul Stamets, who identified this species, interestingly doesn't partake of them as he feels they are too powerful. I do sort of see where he's coming from...these mushrooms, in my experience, are in a league of their own. I know some people take the view that all mushrooms are alike (which to me seems like a gross oversimplification, as scientifically we know this simply isn't the case...with Azurescens being a particularly potent source of baeocystin, as well as psilocybin)...but if anyone holds that view, I would encourage them to seek out and become acquainted with this mushroom. What a gift of nature, but one demanding of respect! 

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