Blue Meanie Mushroom

Blue Meanie Mushroom

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Blue Meanie Mushroom

What are magic mushrooms?

Psilocybin or magic mushrooms are naturally occurring and are consumed for their hallucinogenic effects. They belong to a group of drugs known as psychedelics, which trigger changes in perception, mood and thought.

The key ingredient in magic mushrooms is psilocybin. When psilocybin is taken, it’s converted in the body to psilocin, which is the chemical with the psychoactive properties.1

What do they look like?

Magic mushrooms look much like ordinary mushrooms.

There are many different types of magic mushrooms. The most common ones in Australia are called golden tops, blue meanies and liberty caps. Magic mushrooms look similar to poisonous mushrooms that can cause a person to become very sick and can result in death.

They can also come as dried material in capsules. Synthetic psilocybin appears as a white crystalline powder that can be processed into tablets or capsules or dissolved in water.3

How are they used?

Magic mushrooms are eaten fresh, cooked or brewed into a tea. The dried version is sometimes smoked, mixed with cannabis or tobacco.

Other names

Shrooms, mushies, blue meanies, golden tops, liberty caps.

Other types of psychedelics

  • Ayahuasca
  • DMT
  • LSD
  • NBOMes

Effects of magic mushrooms

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.

Magic mushrooms can affect everyone differently, based on:

  • size, weight and health
  • whether the person is used to taking it
  • whether other drugs are taken around the same time
  • the amount taken
  • the strength of the mushroom (varies depending on the type of mushroom)

The effects of magic mushrooms usually begin in 30 minutes when eaten, or within 5–10 minutes when taken as a soup or tea and can last approximately four to six hours.2

During this time, the person may experience:

  • euphoria and wellbeing
  • change in consciousness, mood, thought and perception (commonly called a trip)
  • dilation of pupils
  • perceptual changes, such as visual and auditory hallucinations.
  • stomach discomfort and nausea
  • headaches
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • increased body temperature
  • breathing quickly
  • vomiting
  • facial flushes, sweating and chills1,2


The use of magic mushrooms rarely results in any life-threatening symptoms. If a large amount or a strong batch of mushrooms is consumed, the person may experience:

  • agitation
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • muscle weakness
  • panic or paranoia
  • psychosis
  • seizures
  • coma.

Bad trips

Sometimes a person may experience the negative effects of magic mushrooms and have what is called a bad trip involving the following:

  • unpleasant or intense hallucinations
  • anxiety
  • paranoia
  • panic or fear

Coming down

After taking magic mushrooms, delayed headaches can happen which usually do not last longer than a day.5 A person who has consumed mushrooms may experience feelings of:

  • exhaustion
  • depression
  • anxiety.

Long-term effects

Some people who regularly use magic mushrooms may experience flashbacks involving a previous magic mushroom experience. They are usually visual distortions that involve perceptual or emotional changes. Flashbacks can occur weeks, months or even years after the drug was last taken. This can be disturbing, especially if a frightening experience or hallucination is recalled. Flashbacks can be brought on by using other drugs, stress, tiredness or exercise and usually last a minute or two.2,3

Using mushrooms with other drugs

The effects of taking magic mushrooms with other drugs − including over-the-counter or prescribed medications − can be unpredictable and dangerous, and could cause:

Magic mushrooms + ice, speed or ecstasy: Can increase the chances of a bad trip and can also lead to panic.4

Magic mushrooms + some psychiatric medications: Mushrooms should not be taken by people on psychiatric medications as a relapse or worsening of the condition could occur.

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Blue Meanie Mushroom

Blue Meanies” is the common name for Panaeolus cyanescens. The name says a lot about this species; they turn dark blue when picked and can certainly pack a punch. Panaeolus cyanescens are one of the more potent psilocybin-containing mushrooms, despite their unassuming stature. Pcyanescens produces small medium-sized brown to white mushrooms that are easy for amateur enthusiasts to overlook.

Mushrooms from the genus Panaeolus are very common; they grow globally in tropical and temperate environments. Panaeolus cyanescens is a tropical/subtropical grassland species, often found in dung—just like another familiar mushroom we know. If you were not aware of Blue Meanies, you could easily miss a patch while foraging for the more popular Psilocybe cubensisThe former is believed to contain two to three times the psilocybin found in cubensis.

Panaeolus cyanescens come from the genus Panaeolus. Mushrooms belonging to this widespread genus are generally small, have black spores, and often grow on dung.  But, not all Panaeolus contain psilocybin—a fact we will come back to later in this article. The Panaeolus genus contains thirteen species that produce psilocybin, including Panaeolus cyanescens and Panaeolus cinctulusPanaeolus mushrooms are called “mottlegills” due to the irregular spots or patches of color on their gills.

But, there’s something else worth noting about this particular species: Panaeolus cyanescens is a mushroom with many names. So many, in fact, that knowing what to call this particular species can be confusing. To start with the basics, the name “Panaeolus” in Greek means “all variegated,” descriptive of the fungi’s spotted texture. The species name, cyanescens, is derived from “cyaneus,” meaning blue, for the color the flesh becomes upon bruising.

In popular culture, Panaeolus cyanescens are called “Blue Meanies.” Rumor has it that Panaeolus cyanescens were named after the Blue Meanies from The Beatles’ classic psychedelic film “Yellow Submarine.”  According to Gartz, this common name was coined in Australia. Apart from “Gold Tops,” “Blue Meanies” is one of the more commonly used descriptions of psilocybin-containing mushrooms—a strain of Psilocybe cubensis is also called “Blue Meanies.”

Yet, the naming confusion doesn’t stop there. Taxonomy enthusiasts may recognize this mushroom’s previous name—now a synonym—Copelandia cyanescens. And if things weren’t already convoluted enough, Panaeolus cyanescens is also often confused with another psychoactive mushroom, Psilocybe cyanescens. Both mushrooms are abbreviated the same way, as P. cyanenscens. Yet, these two species are very different mushrooms: The first is a dung lover, the other a wood lover. (Although each has comparable levels of psilocybin.) Finally, this mushroom is called “Pan cyan,” after its new Latin name.

The taxonomic conundrums began early for this mushroom. It was first described in Sri Lanka as Agaricus cyanescens by Berkeley and Broome in 1871. A few years later, it was described by Bresadola from the Philippines, who named it Copelandia papilionacea; it was then named Copelandia cyanescens by Singer in 1951. The species was named Panaeolus cyanescens by Saccardo in 1887, which is now its official formal name. The genus Copelandia was deprecated, meaning that it’s no longer valid.

Panaeolus cyanescens is thought to have originated in Asia. This fungus belongs to the family Coprinaceae, the same family as the common mushroom Coprinus comatus, known as “Lawyers wig.” Yet, mushrooms in the Panaeolus genus have some unique characteristics: the gills of Panaeolus do not melt away (deliquesce) as do the members of the related genera Coprinellus and Coprinopsis, which are regarded as lookalikes.

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