The first time I heard “Alacabenzi,” I was thinking, this must be the magic word, kind of like “Abracadabra” or something. In a way, it is!
Alacabenzi is a type of psychedelic mushroom that can truly take you on your own personal magical mystery tour.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- What Alacabenzi mushrooms are, including their strength, potency, and mycological features
- The history of Alacabenzi mushrooms and their range
- The effects and potential benefits of Alacabenzi shrooms
And answer questions about the legality of these and other psychedelic shrooms. Okay, watch us pull a rainbow flying rabbit out of nowhere, because it’s time for Alacabenzi mushrooms!
What are Alacabenzi Mushrooms?
Alacabenzi mushrooms are a type of psychedelic mushroom that belongs to the species Psilocybe cubensis. They are known for their high potency and are considered one of the stronger magic mushroom strains.
Like other categories of psilocybin mushrooms, Alacabenzi contain the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin, which can produce powerful psychedelic effects when consumed. These effects can include alterations in perception, mood, and thought, as well as visual and auditory hallucinations.
Alacabenzi mushrooms have a distinctive appearance, with large, meaty caps that are typically reddish-brown and a stem that is thick and white.
Now we can get into detail.
What is the History of Alacabenzi Mushrooms and Where Can You Find Them?
Humans have used psychedelic mushrooms such as Alacabenzi for millennia. However, although they are believed to be a cross of the genetics of two different strains, the exact history of Alacabenzi mushrooms is not well-documented.
One version of the story says they are a blend of a Psilocybe Cubensis found in the state of Alabama, sometimes called Golden Teachers, and Psilocybe Mexicana (hence the name). Another story simply says they are a hybrid strain of Liberty Caps (Psilocybe semilanceata) and Golden Teachers.
A third version agrees that the name “Alacabenzi” includes the word “Alabama,” the state where one of the parent strains was found, but refers to “Mazatepec, Mexico” as the namesake for the second half of the name—and the supposed locale for the source Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms.
Whatever their origins, like other strains of Psilocybe Cubensis, Alacabenzi mushrooms are commonly found growing in subtropical and tropical regions, including parts of South and Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and some regions of Africa. Psilocybe Cubensis is a species that thrives in warm and humid conditions, and they often grow in grassy areas, on decaying organic matter, or on cow dung.
Alacabenzi mushrooms are often cultivated by individuals for personal or commercial use. They can be grown a variety of ways, including with grow kits, spores, or mycelium.
What are the Effects of Alacabenzi Magic Mushrooms?
Generally, Alacabenzi mushrooms are known for producing a range of psychedelic head effects, including alterations in perception, mood, and thought. These effects are primarily thanks to the presence of the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin, which interact with serotonin receptors in the brain.
Although the effects vary significantly from person to person, there are some themes. Many people report experiencing a sense of euphoria, feelings of relaxation, or spiritual connectedness while using Alacabenzi mushrooms.
Alacabenzi mushrooms also produce auditory hallucinations and visuals. Technically, visual psychedelic effects can look like almost anything, but a few patterns tend to emerge in the reports of users:
- Distortions of perception and reality. Objects may appear to change in size or shape, or colors may appear more intense or muted. Some people may experience a sense of synesthesia, the perception of sounds or smells as visual experiences.
- Patterns and textures. Patterns and textures may appear to shift or morph, and surfaces may appear to ripple or breathe.
- Geometric shapes. Some people experience complex geometric shapes, such as fractals or mandalas, moving or pulsating.
- Tracers and afterimages. Moving objects may leave tracers or afterimages, and objects may appear to leave behind trails or streaks of light.
The effects of Alacabenzi mushrooms can vary depending on a lot of factors, and there are a range of potential risks and benefits. Some factors that influence the mind and body effects users experience include:
- the dosage and amount consumed
- the individual’s body chemistry
- set and setting (including mental and physical state, number of times the person has used the substance before, and the place in which they are using the mushrooms).
Very high doses of all types of psychedelic substances can produce physical effects such as loss of balance or a change in normal heart rate, as well as sensations of anxiety or paranoia.
How are Alacabenzi Similar or Different from Other Substances?
The effects of Alacabenzi mushrooms can be similar to those of other psychedelic substances, such as LSD, mescaline, and DMT. For example, all of these substances commonly alter thought processes and perceptions and change mood.
However, the specific effects can differ between substances. Specifically, the duration, intensity, and subjective experience of the effects of these substances is likely to be different. For example, while the effects of Alacabenzi and other mushrooms are likely to last for 4 to 6 hours, the effects of a psychedelic such as LSD will last much longer, for up to 12 hours or longer.
While Alacabenzi mushrooms might make some users feel “high” in some ways, they are not like cannabis, which has different psychoactive compounds and effects.
What Does the Research Say About the Therapeutic Benefits of Psilocybin?
There is growing interest in the potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in Alacabenzi mushrooms and other species of Psilocybe. There appear to be a variety of applications under investigation.
While research in this area is still in its early stages, several studies have suggested that psilocybin may be useful in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Others focus on its use as adjunctive therapy in reducing anxiety and existential distress in patients with advanced cancer who are receiving end of life treatments.
How Strong are Alacabenzi Mushrooms?
Alacabenzi mushrooms are known for potency, but what does this mean?
Part of this is a result of their mycological features and biochemistry, but a lot has to do with the individual user, too.
The effect that this type of mushroom will have depends on several things, including:
- the strain
- its potency
- the size of the dose
- the user’s relative experience with psychedelics
- any concurrent doses of another product such as cannabis edibles, even low THC/high CBD products
How specifically are Alacabenzi different from other psychedelic mushrooms? And how are they different from other types of Psilocybe Cubensis, for that matter?
Alacabenzi mushrooms are a unique strain of Psilocybe Cubensis, and they have distinct traits among psychedelic mushrooms.
One key difference between Alacabenzi mushrooms and other strains of Psilocybe Cubensis is their appearance. Alacabenzi mushrooms are typically larger than other Cubensis strains, with thick, meaty caps that tend to be reddish-brown.
They also have thick stems that are white and can reach up to 10-15 cm in length. All parts of the mushroom are typically consumed.
In fact, their size is one reason that may account for the reputation of Alacabenzi mushrooms, which are known for being relatively potent. Their effects can last anywhere from 4-6 hours, and while this is similar to other strains of Psilocybe Cubensis, the exact potency and psilocybin content can vary depending on a variety of factors.
Alacabenzi mushrooms also have a unique flavor and aroma, which many people describe as nutty or earthy. They are often consumed in dried form or used to make tea or other preparations. Potency and a unique appearance and flavor profile make this psychedelic mushroom stand out from other varieties.
How to Grow the Alacabenzi Magic Mushroom From Spores as a Beginner
The easiest way for brand new growers to get their hands on these shrooms is to use a kit. These products make the whole process of growing your own Alacabenzi mushrooms by hand easier, and most grow kits allow you to get 3 or 4 flushes each. (Watch the developing gills for a veil that protects the spores until right before the release.)
Typically a grow kit contains some form of sterile substrate that is either inoculated with spores or ready for you to use your own. The best kits are usable for beginners and include detailed instructions—sometimes with video support.
It’s an affordable option that you can order online—that’s certainly easier than foraging in the wild (which can be seriously unsafe—and even deadly).
Wait. Is it actually safe to order something like Alacabenzi shrooms or a grow kit for them online? Yes, for the most part.
Whenever I’m looking to make a major new purchase, the first thing I do is ask my friends and family where they shop, but when it comes to just casually asking Aunt Marge where to get top quality magic mushrooms online, that’s too awkward for me.
Instead, here’s what we look for:
- Choice. Is the list of products appealing? What about the kinds of products; if it’s a kit, does it include all you want? Are there the strains and spores you’re looking for?
- Proof of good service. What services does the business offer? Free shipping over a certain amount? Is there someone who follows up on cases of lost or stolen packages?
- Value. Best price is never a down side!
- Quality. Look for comments and reviews from real users—not a bunch of AI-generated clones.
There are other online options for getting hold of some interesting strains of magic mushrooms. Spores for Alacabenzi Cubensis as well as Psilocybe Cubensis, Psilocybe Mexicana, and other psilocybin rich species are sold on many sites, and from some scientific suppliers.
Check out our more detailed guides to growing mushrooms elsewhere on the site. We also have lots of other items packed with information on things like kits and how strains compare. (That first harvest is pretty exciting, we can’t lie.)
Remember, although these mushrooms may not be that tough to grow, they can take you on a serious trip! Do some careful research before making your choice.
Are Alacabenzi Mushrooms Legal?
The possession, sale, and use of Alacabenzi mushrooms and other psychedelic substances are illegal in many parts of the world, including the United States. This is true for people of any age, and even for people with medical conditions. In these places, any person in possession of these mushrooms may face legal consequences for cultivating or possessing these substances.
However, some localities in the US have decriminalized psychedelics, including a few cities in California and Colorado. This is great progress, especially for anyone of age who lives in the area!
Note: Don’t be confused by medical marijuana laws that allow products with some THC content, which is totally different, or by the use of some psychedelics in clinical research. Check local laws before you make purchases.
Final Thoughts on Alacabenzi Mushrooms
We hope our introduction to the strangely strong—and magical!—world of Alacabenzi mushrooms has been informative for you. Are you thinking about growing yourself a box full of magic?