It’s 2023 and we’re all cruising into a new age of psychedelic exploration…well, in a way. If you’re on the journey, you may have some questions about blue meanies mushrooms, a type of magic mushrooms or shrooms.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- What blue meanies are and why they’re called that
- How to identify and grow blue meanies and where they grow naturally
- The relationship with psilocybin, potency of blue meanies, look-alikes and other options, and more
We’ve got everything you need to know about blue meanies right here on this site, so let’s get this trip started!
What Are Blue Meanies Mushrooms?
Blue meanies mushrooms, more formally titled Panaeolus cyanescens, are a species of mushroom that contains the psychoactive chemical compound psilocybin. These mushrooms are typically found in warm and humid climates, such as those in Hawaii, Florida, Australia, and parts of Central and South America.
Mushrooms containing psilocybin have been used throughout human history. When users ingest the psilocybin in Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms, it can produce a range of effects on perception, thought, and mood. These effects may include altered sensory experiences, changes in perception of time and space, feelings of euphoria, and profound changes in one’s sense of emotions like love and hate, self and the world.
Where Does the Name “Blue Meanies” Come From?
These aren’t the Blue Meanies war monger characters from the peace film, Yellow Submarine, trying to silence Pepperland. This was starring your grandparents favorite band, The Beatles, and there is no known connection in the naming with this species—although that would be pretty cool, and it makes sense that you might see antagonists with the long ears while tripping.
(See wikipedia if you’re looking for the movie.)
The name “blue meanies” is a common nickname for Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms. It is thought to have originated from the blue color—ranging from a lighter sky or baby blue to a deep navy—that the cap and stem can develop as they mature. When users handle or bruise the flesh of the mushroom, it can turn this deeper ocean blue color due to the presence of psilocybin.
The term “meanies” likely references the potent psychoactive effects of these mushrooms, which can be intense and challenging for some individuals. However, it’s worth noting that the term “blue meanies” or just “meanies” can also refer to at least one other species, Copelandia cyanescens, also known for blue coloration produced by potent psilocybin content.
How to Identify Blue Meanies
Identifying Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms is something that requires a bit of knowledge and expertise, as they can easily be confused with other categories and species of mushrooms. Here are a few key characteristics to look for:
Habitat. Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms are typically found in warm and humid climates, often growing in grassy areas or on animal dung. They are most commonly found in Hawaii, Florida, and parts of Central and South America.
Appearance and description. Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms have a bell-shaped cap that is typically brown or tan in color, with a distinctive nipple at the center. The stem is thin and can develop a bluish tint when bruised or handled.
Spore print. When the cap of a Panaeolus cyanescens mushroom is placed gill-side down on a piece of paper or glass, it will leave behind a spore print that is black or dark purple in color.
Identifying mushrooms in the wild can be difficult and potentially dangerous, as some species of mushrooms are toxic or deadly. If you’re unsure about the identification of a mushroom, it’s best to consult with a mycologist or other expert before consuming it.
Where Do Blue Meanies Grow?
Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms are most commonly found in the warm and humid weather they prefer. These tropical and subtropical regions are found in various parts of the world including Hawaii, Florida, Australia, and parts of Central and South America.
In the wild, they are typically found growing in pastures, lawns, or along roadsides, frequently in groups or clusters since they often grow in, near, or on animal dung. People also cultivate them indoors using some version of a substrate such as straw or grain.
Is Panaeolus Related to Psilocybin?
Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms are known for their high concentrations of the psychoactive compound psilocybin. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is found in various species of fungi, including Panaeolus cyanescens, as well as other mushrooms in the Psilocybe genus such as Psilocybe cubensis.
When ingested, psilocybin is metabolized by the body into psilocin, which is responsible for the hallucinogenic effects associated with these mushrooms. Users often cycle through feeling happy, mad, sad, and introspective as they experience psilocybin.
Psilocybin has been shown to have a profound impact on brain function, particularly in areas of the brain responsible for mood, perception, and thought. Research has suggested that psilocybin may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction, although more research is needed in this area.
Using psilocybin-containing mushrooms can be potentially dangerous, particularly if consumed in large doses or in combination with other drugs. If you are considering using psilocybin-containing mushrooms, it’s important to educate yourself on the potential risks and benefits, and to seek guidance from a qualified healthcare professional.
Genetic Relatives of Panaeolus Cyanescen
Panaeolus cyanescens is among the members of the genus Panaeolus, which includes a number of other types of mushroom species. Some of the other commonly known species in the Panaeolus genus include Panaeolus subbalteatus (also known as the “weilii mushroom”), Panaeolus cinctulus (also known as the “belted Panaeolus”), and Panaeolus tropicalis.
While some species in the Panaeolus genus may look similar to Panaeolus cyanescens, they may not contain the same levels of psilocybin or other psychoactive compounds. Additionally, some kinds of species in the Panaeolus genus are toxic or potentially deadly, so it’s important to exercise caution when identifying and consuming any type of mushroom species.
Are Blue Meanies Potent?
Panaeolus cyanescens are known to be one of the most potent species of psilocybin-containing mushrooms. They typically contain higher levels of psilocybin and psilocin compared to other species of psychedelic mushrooms, which can result in a more intense and longer-lasting experience when consumed.
The psychoactive effects of Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms can vary depending on a number of factors, including the dose, the individual’s body weight, and their sensitivity to psilocybin. Some individuals may experience intense visual and auditory hallucinations, while others may feel a deep sense of introspection, calm, or emotional release of angry feelings, resentment, and bitterness.
Some sources indicate that blue meanies contain a combined content of psilocybin and psilocin around 0.5 to 2.95 percent dry weight each. Researchers have identified Panaeolus cyanescens as a variably potent species, with psilocin and psilocybin usually falling between 0.17 to 0.95 percent and 0.16 to 0.19 percent. Even the same species of mushroom may differ from strain to strain or even by batch or lot number, depending on how they are sold.
How to Grow Panaeolus Cyanescens
Growing Panaeolus cyanescens mushrooms can be a complex process that requires careful attention to environmental conditions and sanitation. Here are the basic steps involved in growing Panaeolus cyanescens:
Spore inoculation. The first step in growing Panaeolus cyanescens is to obtain spores of the mushroom. Spores can be purchased from online vendors or obtained from a mature mushroom. The spores are then sterilized and inoculated onto a substrate such as rye grain or brown rice flour.
Substrate colonization. Once the spores have been inoculated onto the substrate, they will begin to grow and colonize the substrate. This process can take anywhere from several days to several weeks, depending on the environmental conditions and the quality of the substrate.
Spawning. Once the substrate has been fully colonized with mycelium, it can be transferred to a larger container for spawning. This can be done by mixing the colonized substrate with a nutrient-rich substrate such as horse manure or straw.
Fruiting. After the substrate has been spawned, place it in a humid and warm environment to encourage the mushrooms to fruit for the remainder of their life. This process can take several weeks, and requires careful attention to environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and lighting.
Harvesting. Once the mushrooms have fully matured, they can be harvested by gently pulling them from the substrate. It’s important to harvest the mushrooms before the caps have fully opened, as this can reduce their potency.
It’s worth noting that growing psilocybin-containing mushrooms is illegal in many parts of the world, and can be potentially dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. If you’re interested in growing mushrooms, it’s important to educate yourself on the risks and benefits, and to seek guidance from a qualified mycologist or other expert.
What Other Fungi Are Panaeolus Cyanescens Look-Alikes?
Yes, there are other strains and species of mushrooms that can resemble Panaeolus cyanescens and can be confused with it. Some of these look-alike species include Panaeolina foenisecii, Panaeolus fimicola, and Psilocybe fimetaria.
Panaeolina foenisecii is a small brown mushroom that can grow in grassy areas and can resemble Panaeolus cyanescens in its appearance. However, Panaeolina foenisecii does not contain psychoactive compounds, and consuming it will not produce the same effects as Panaeolus cyanescens.
Panaeolus fimicola is another species of mushroom that can resemble Panaeolus cyanescens in appearance, and is often found in the same habitats. However, Panaeolus fimicola contains much lower levels of psychoactive compounds compared to Panaeolus cyanescens, and may not produce the same effects when consumed.
Psilocybe fimetaria is a species of mushroom that is sometimes mistaken for Panaeolus cyanescens, as it also contains psychoactive compounds and can have a similar appearance. However, Psilocybe fimetaria typically grows in different habitats than Panaeolus cyanescens, and has a slightly different appearance.
It’s important to exercise caution when identifying and consuming mushrooms, and to seek guidance from a qualified mycologist or other expert if you’re unsure about the identity of a particular species.
Are Blue Meanies Legal?
It’s important to note that psilocybin is a Schedule I substance in the United States and is illegal to possess, cultivate, or distribute outside of approved research studies. It’s worth noting that psilocybin is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States, meaning that possession, cultivation, use, and distribution of these substances is illegal outside of approved research studies.
See this for more information about Schedule I, research, and psychedelics.
Final Thoughts About Blue Meanies
There’s a reason the blue meanies strain is taking the world by storm. It’s not the Fab Four, but you may still hear music! Ready to get by with a little help from one of the most potent psychedelic mushrooms on Earth?