If you thought I was talking about a sweet grill for your smile—think again! These gold cap mushrooms are not here to boost your ego. It’s not that kind of trip!
In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about Gold Cap Mushrooms, including:
- What these Cap Gold fungi are, what they look like, and where they are found
- What are the effects of Gold Caps, and what factors into them?
- How to grow Gold Top Mushrooms, and whether or not they’re legal
And much more! So let’s get going on our trip!
What Are Gold Cap Mushrooms?
Gold Caps mushrooms, also called Gold Tops, Cap Golds, and similar iterations of the name, are a strain of the Psilocybe cubensis mushroom. These shrooms are the largest species among magic mushrooms.
This species of psilocybin mushrooms is known for its physical characteristics and effects.
Physically, exquisite gold tops, which have the lightest colors in the middle of the caps and a darker brown ring around the edges of the tops. The caps are also a lighter color than the darker brown stems, which are slim and graceful.
Psilocybe cubensis, sometimes simply called cubies, is a form of fungus with a fairly large range around the world, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. Golden cubes as well as other varieties of fungi tend to grow in and around the dung of cows and goats in Cuba, Mexico, and other countries in Central America, stretching down through much of South America.
What are the Effects of Gold Cap Mushrooms?
Gold Caps are equally famous, of course, for their equally dazzling psychedelic effects driven by psilocybin and psilocin. These psychoactive compounds produce a range of effects in the mind and body, including:
Altered perception. Psilocybin and psilocin can change the way a person perceives their surroundings. Colors may appear more vivid, objects may appear distorted or warped, and sounds may seem louder or more intense.
Changes in mood. Psilocybin and psilocin affect mood, and can cause users to feel relaxed, euphoric, or introspective.
Spiritual experiences. Many people who take psilocybin and psilocin report having profound spiritual experiences or feelings of being one with the universe.
Cognitive changes and head effects. Psilocybin and psilocin can also alter a person’s thought patterns, leading to more abstract and creative thinking.
Physiological effects. Psilocybin and psilocin can have physiological effects, such as increased heart rate, nausea, and changes in blood pressure.
The effects people experience from using Gold Caps depends on several factors, including the mushrooms’ potency and psilocybin and psilocin content, the dosage taken, the setting in which the mushroom is used, and the person’s individual tolerance. A very low dose of the exact same mushroom can have a very different effect than a high dose!
How to Grow Gold Caps Mushrooms
Although cultivation of Golden Tops is not much different than other kinds of shrooms, it does take some focus, high quality spores, the right environments, and careful attention to a few sound methods such as PF Tek.
If you’re eager to get started on your home Caps Gold harvest and you want to read about some techniques, check out our Psilocybe cyanescens post that touches on what compounds to use, how caps and gills look when it’s time to harvest, strains that can grow together, and more.
How Does Use of Gold Caps Compare to Other Mushrooms and Psychedelics?
How does the use of Gold Caps and other strains of Psilocybe cubensis compare other species of magic mushrooms? Psilocybe cubensis is known to be among the most potent forms of magic mushrooms. A potent dose of Gold Cap Mushroom is likely to be as potent as almost any other variety of shroom.
(For a detailed comparison of various Psilocybe mushroom species and how others all compare, see our Psilocybe cyanescens post. This post also provides a useful comparison of Psilocybin mushrooms vs LSD.)
Are Gold Cap Mushrooms Legal?
It depends on where you are and what you are doing. Several municipalities in the states of Colorado and California have decriminalized Cap Gold and other psilocybin mushrooms along with other psychedelic substance use, and interest in the use of the magic mushroom for health purposes is growing fast thanks to ongoing research studies.
Because of this, certain individuals with the right kinds of expertise, information, and project needs, including company or university researchers, can access spores and supplies for growing Golden Cap Mushrooms.
Final Thoughts on Gold Cap Mushrooms
At this point in life for us, there’s no better way to spend a lovely afternoon in nature or a (rare and precious!) evening together with close friends than “cubing it” on a very nice trip with some gold caps. Whether brewed into a tea or made into a golden capsule, these little gems can open up a world of new experiences for just about anyone.