How to identify Psilocybe subaeruginosa, Australia’s native magic mushroom. Includes information about poisonous mushrooms which often deceive amateur mushroom pickers. Do not pick wild mushrooms.
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This video is an attempt to answer as many frequently asked questions as possible and provide new, up to date safety information. Everyone has been asking for a Psilocybe subaeruginosa video for a long time. It’s important that people understand that the risks are far greater when you’re foraging for these mushrooms. This is partly because they have far more lookalikes/doppelgangers. The individual subaeruginosa mushrooms also vary quite a bit in appearance. On top of that, the potency of each individual mushroom can vary significantly leading to very challenging and traumatic experiences when beginners get much more than they bargained for.
To mitigate the risks, I’ll teach you how to produce a spore print, which is one of the best ways to accurately identify your mushrooms and I’ll also show you some of the common mushrooms responsible for poisoning beginners. Some of them may surprise you.
The mushrooms we talk about in this video are:
Green spored parasol AKA the vomiter
Most edible mushrooms should be cooked or dried before they are eaten. Proper preparation is often necessary to remove toxins. Do not eat wild mushrooms unless you’re positive you know what you’re actually ingesting.
Some people can eat the yellow staining mushroom (Agaricus xanthodermus) without causing any gastrointestinal upset but it is poisonous for most people.
That’s the one at 9:20
Some boletus mushrooms that bruise blue are still edible but if you’re hunting boletes, ruling out anything that bruises blue is the safest option, unless you are positive you know what you’re doing.
This video was filmed in locations all over Australia. You might recognise the famous marsupial quokkas of Rottnest Island in Western Australia, the psychedelic city of Melbourne, the magical ancient forest of Springbrook National Park here on the Gold Coast and heaps of other awesome spots.
A helpful link detailing a lot of Psilocybe subaeruginosa lookalikes:
For more information and community forums visit Shroomery or Erowid:
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