Disclaimer: Psilocybin is a largely illegal substance, and we do not encourage or condone its use where it is against the law. However, we accept that illicit drug use occurs and believe that offering responsible harm reduction information is imperative to keeping people safe. For that reason, this document is designed to enhance the safety of those who decide to use penis envy mushrooms and other psilocybin-containing substances.
This article has been medically reviewed by Katrina Oliveros, MSN-ED, BSN
As their name suggests, penis envy mushrooms are known for resembling a human penis, with a bulbous cap and thick stem.
More notably, they’re a potent and sought-after psychoactive substance, with unusually high concentrations of psilocybin and psilocin, contributing to an intense, visual, and euphoric experience.
Multiple varieties of penis envy mushrooms have differing potencies, appearances, and colors. These mushrooms were discovered in the late 20th century in the Amazon, but today are mainly grown in labs. They take longer to mature and don’t produce as many spores, making them notoriously difficult to find or cultivate.
This is the ultimate guide to penis envy mushrooms and will walk you through its taxonomy, history, varieties, and why they’re a favorite mushroom for so many.
What are Penis Envy Mushrooms?
Penis envy (PE) is the colloquial name for a particular strain of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms prized as one of the strongest psychoactive magic mushrooms.
While other members of this species are similar in effect and widespread due to the ease of growing indoors, PE mushrooms are among the strongest and hardest to cultivate Psilocybe cubensis strains.
With multiple varieties in circulation and only several decades of known history, PE is a mushroom worth getting to know before working with it as medicine.
How Did Penis Envy Get Its Name?
The name Penis Envy comes from the mushroom’s physical appearance being similar to the penis. These mushrooms are often often long and thick.
What Makes Penis Envy Different from Other Mushroom Strains?
The potency of all penis envy mushrooms is consistently higher than that of any other Psilocybe cubensis strains. They’re often considered the most potent of all magic mushrooms, with up to 50% higher concentrations of the psychoactive ingredients psilocybin and psilocin. However, the lack of accessible test results differentiating strains and their effects makes this hard to confirm.
Based on anecdotal reports, users’ experiences with penis envy mushrooms can be comparable to those occasioned by more potent psychedelic substances such as DMT or LSD. Experiences tend to last between four and five hours, with typical effects including euphoria, synesthesia, temporal distortion, changes in visual perception, and profound spiritual introspection.
Penis Envy Mushroom Strains
The genetics of psilocybin mushrooms can be hard to parse due to the substances’ spotty legality in most jurisdictions. Nevertheless, there are several different penis envy mushroom strains in circulation today, distinguished by their hybridized genetics and certain physical characteristics.
Albino Penis Envy or Blue Penis Envy
Albino penis envy is a slightly smaller hybrid with the albino A+ strain, with caps sometimes tinged deep blue. Albino penis envy mushrooms are sometimes known as blue penis envy due to the bluish bruising that occurs when they are handled even lightly. This is considered an indicator of their high psilocin content.
Penis Envy Uncut
Penis envy uncut is another albino cross named for having caps that adhere to the stem. These are considered the most potent PE variety.
Albino Penis Envy Revert
Albino penis envy revert is a stabilized mutant substrain of albino penis envy.
Penis Envy #6
Penis envy #6 is a hybrid created with Texas P. cubensis for increased spore production.
Trans envy is a hybrid with the South African Transkei strain. It has slightly thinner stems and less potency than other PE varieties.
This a variation of the albino penis envy mushroom known to have an extremely high potency. They are white just like the Albino Penis Envy.
Pearly gates mushrooms are also white but are instead a variation of the original Penis Envy mushroom.
Consuming Penis Envy Safely
Learn the correct way to safely prepare and consume Penis Envy Mushrooms to get the most out of your experience.
Sourcing Penis Envy
Sourcing your penis envy mushrooms correctly can impact quality and safety.
You can source your mushrooms through resources like garden shops, websites, pharmacies (located where psychedelic mushrooms are legal), and even eBay. However, penis envy mushrooms are notoriously difficult to find.
While some wish to forage for psychedelic mushrooms, it’s crucial to be aware that identifying the correct mushroom species can be difficult and dangerous since many mushrooms look similar but can have toxic effects.
You can also grow your own with mushroom grow kits that are perfect for beginners. Third Wave’s Grow Kit and Course contains everything you need to grow your own renewable supply of high-quality mushrooms at home. Cultivation involves an easy three-phase process, and the kit comes with a comprehensive mushroom growing course to walk you through each step.
Dosage & Preparation
Penis Envy is considerably more potent than other varieties of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, so it is important to be mindful of your mushroom dosage if you’re trying to have a full trip. Generally, 1.0 to 1.5 grams of dried mushrooms per 100 pounds of body weight is recommended for milder varieties. However, due to their increased potency, the dosage for Penis Envy should be reduced by at least 30% to have a safe full trip.
If you plan on microdosing, your dosage will be slightly different. When microdosing, you use about 1/10th to 1/20th of the amount you need for a full trip. Since penis envy mushrooms are so potent, you will need to take an even smaller dosage than that.
The exact amount to take depends on what kind of experience you want. You could, for example, try microdosing penis envy for a more manageable, easily integrated psychedelic experience. Follow these dosage guidelines to start your journey with penis envy mushrooms:
- Micro – 0.1g to 0.5g
- Mild – 0.5g to 1.0g
- Medium – 1.0g to 2.0g
- Strong – 2.0g to 3.0g
Preparing Your Environment
If you’re planning to take psychedelics in the comfort of your own home, it is vital to take steps to ensure a safe experience. Clean up your environment and adjust the lighting to make it soothing for your eyes.
Clearing your mind of negativity is important before starting your trip. Taking a trip with any stress or anxiety can lead to an unpleasant experience characterized by paranoia, panic, or hallucinations.
Avoid taking psychedelics in a chaotic setting where you may feel uncomfortable interacting with others, as this can lead to anxiety during the trip. It is a good idea to assemble a kit of items, such as earplugs, first aid supplies, snacks, tissues, and a blanket or sheet to sit on. Additionally, wear several layers of clothing to make it easier to regulate body temperature.
If you’re unsure about starting your shroom journey, consider working with a psychedelic professional. Third Wave’s Directory connects you with vetted magic mushroom coaches, retreats, clinics, and therapists.
Penis Envy Effects
There are multiple effects when you consume penis envy. The most common is an increased sense of creativity and visual and auditory hallucinations. Other reported effects include:
- Emotional shifts
- Thoughts starting to evolve
- Colors look enhanced or vivid
- Deep introspection
How to Grow Penis Envy
Disclaimer: Psilocybin is a largely illegal substance and we do not encourage or condone its use where it is against the law. However, we accept that illegal drug use occurs and believe that offering responsible harm reduction information is imperative to keeping people safe. For that reason, this guide is designed to enhance the safety of those who decide to use psilocybin.
Between a multitude of how-to-grow guides and online sources, growing can quickly become overwhelming and confusing.
Add in the fact that there are tons of places to go wrong, and people might give up before they even get started. Fortunately, the best magic mushroom growing kits include guides and all the equipment necessary to start foraging mushrooms in your own home.
At Third Wave, we offer a Mushroom Grow Kit with top-notch equipment and an accompanying course to teach you how to cultivate mushrooms successfully. Simply select a mushroom species you’d like to grow and get started. Along with your Mushroom Growing Kit, you can immediately access our comprehensive and thorough Mushroom Growing Course, which consists of a written manual and instructional videos to guide you through the entire process.
However, it’s important to note that penis envy is one of the most challenging mushrooms to cultivate.
B+, golden teachers, cambodian, and tidal wave are all magic mushroom types that are easier to grow.
Penis Envy Spores
Penis envy mushrooms are known for low spore production, resulting in faint prints and weak spore syringes. To cultivate them, one must use a swab to transfer spores from the mushrooms directly to sterile agar plates.
Penis envy spores can be legally bought for microscope observation in many areas, and in some, the cultivation of Penis envy mushrooms is even decriminalized.
You can readily find and order penis envy spore syringes and microscopy kits online through many third-party vendors. They sometimes ship internationally and require alternative forms of payment, like cryptocurrency.
When should I harvest Penis Envy?
The average growing cycle for psilocybin mushroom spores takes about four to six weeks from spore inoculation.
While most strains are ready to harvest when the fruiting caps break their veil, penis envy mushrooms require an extra waiting period of around three to five days, or until the inner portion of their gills neighboring the stem begins to turn blue.
Legality of Penis Envy Mushrooms
To this day, psilocybin and psilocybin-containing mushrooms are illegal to cultivate, possess, or consume throughout most of the US and the world.
The United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances first listed them as Schedule 1 drugs with high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
However, much of the world is reevaluating this classification in light of new research clarifying psilocybin’s comprehensive mental health benefits.
In the US, Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin for medical use, while more than a dozen local jurisdictions have decriminalized the substance or deprioritized enforcement against it.
As of now, these include:
- Arcata, CA
- Oakland, CA
- Santa Cruz, CA
- Denver, CO
- Washington, DC
- Cambridge, MA
- Easthampton, MA
- Northampton, MA
- Somerville, MA
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Detroit, MI
- Washtenaw County, MI
- Seattle, WA
Also, thanks to a critical oversight in the law, the spores of magic mushrooms are legal to possess and sell in every state except Georgia, Idaho, and California, because they do not contain the banned substances of psilocybin or psilocin.
Selling them with intent to produce hallucinogenic mushrooms, however, is still illegal.
In Canada, you can find penis envy mushroom spores and other varieties in stores or online, generally in the form of spore syringes and grow kits.
History of Psilocybe Cubensis Mushrooms
As one of the most common magic mushrooms, the history of Psilocybin cubensis largely parallels that of psilocybin mushrooms as a whole.
Humans’ relationship with mind-altering psilocybin mushrooms goes back thousands of years before the dawn of history or civilization as we know it, as evidenced by the ceremonial, shroom-like iconography found in ancient artworks across multiple continents.
They were first introduced to the general Western audience by a 1957 Life magazine article titled “Seeking the Magic Mushroom.” In it, author Robert Gordon Wasson recounted his experience in Mexico finding and ingesting the psychotropic fungus, which his fellow mycologist Roger Heim later identified as Psilocybe cubensis.
For the next decade-plus, thousands of doses of psilocybin were administered in clinical experiments, not to mention taken recreationally, before their widespread international prohibition under the 1971 UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances.
What’s the History of Penis Envy Mushrooms?
As for penis envy mushrooms, famed ethnobotanist and psychedelic advocate Terence McKenna is generally credited with their discovery, though the details of that discovery remain shrouded in hearsay.
As the legend goes, in the early 1970s, McKenna stumbled upon a massive, healthy patch of psychedelic mushrooms deep within the Amazon rainforest with the help of several local guides. Then, he smuggled his findings undetected back to the US by taking spore prints of the culture and sandwiching them between microscopy slides labeled with a different genus name.
One such spore print he gave to his colleague Steven H. Pollock, a medical doctor and fellow believer in the potential of psychedelic plant medicines.
Over several years, Pollock refined this culture by selectively fruiting mushrooms from generation to generation until he found one mutation, with an exceptionally thick stem and pallid cap, that could reliably propagate its recessive genetic characteristics.
Thus, the penis envy mushroom strain was born.
Penis Envy FAQ:
How much does an average Penis Envy mushroom weigh?
There’s no set weight of a penis envy mushroom, as they can vary based on size and whether they are dried or fresh.
Generally, the weight of dried mushrooms trends at about 10% that of fresh ones, but it’s always safer for dosing purposes to dry them and go by that more precise weight.
How much do Penis Envy mushrooms cost?
Actual costs will vary depending on the particular strain and vendor.
At the time of this writing, penis envy mushrooms can be found and ordered online for as low as $8 per gram, not including shipping and other fees, while their spores and spore syringes start around $18-25.
Start Growing Your Own Mushrooms
By now, you should have a solid idea of what makes penis envy mushrooms special compared to most of their fellow magic mushrooms.
While not recommended for newcomers to psychedelics, they’ve evolved from remote underground origins into a tantalizing treasure for experienced psychonauts and homegrown mycologists, owing to their pronounced psychoactive effects, stunted spore production, and striking phallic shape.
If you are looking to take your relationship with mushrooms to the next level, cultivating your own could be the most rewarding start to your journey. Our step-by-step, inexpensive Grow Kit and Course will give you most of what you need to grow a renewable supply of high-quality mushrooms from your own home.
Alternatively, you might prefer to source ready-to-ingest psychedelic mushrooms.