Psilocybe azurescens

Psilocybe azurescens Stamets & Gartz

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Overview

Brief Summary

Psilocybe azurescens is a recently described hallucinogenic mushroom that is reportedly the most potent psilocybin mushroom known (Stamets 1996; Paul Stamets, in litt. 2011). Recent scientific investigations into controlled clinical uses for psilocybin have shown promise for both psychiatric applications (e.g., Grob et al. 2011) and in probing the psychology and neuropharmacology of mystical experiences (e.g., Griffiths et al. 2008). For a broad review of Psilocybe mushrooms, see Stamets (1996); for a briefer introduction (that includes more recent literature references), see Beug (2011).

Author(s): Shapiro, Leo
Rights holder(s): Shapiro, Leo

Psilocybe azurescens is a recently described hallucinogenic mushroom that is reportedly the most potent psilocybin mushroom known (Paul Stamets, in litt. 2011). Recent scientific investigations into controlled clinical uses for psilocybin have shown promise for both psychiatric applications (e.g., Grob et al. 2011) and in probing the psychology and neuropharmacology of mystical experiences (e.g., Griffiths et al. 2008).

Author(s): Shapiro, Leo
Rights holder(s): Shapiro, Leo

References

Beug, M. W. (2011).  The genus Psilocybe in North America. Fungi. 4, 6-17.
Griffiths, R. R., Johnson M. W., Richards W. A., McCann U., & Richards B. D. (2008).  Mystical-type experiences occasioned by psilocybin mediate the attribution of personal meaning and spiritual significance 14 months later. Journal of Psychopharmacology. 22, 621-632.
Grob, C. S., Danforth A. L., Chopra G. S., Hagerty M., McKay C. R., Halberstadt A. L., et al. (2011).  Pilot Study of Psilocybin Treatment for Anxiety in Patients With Advanced-Stage Cancer. Archives of General Psychiatry. 68(1), 71 - 78.
Stamets, P. (1996).  Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World. Berkeley, California (U.S.A.): Ten Speed Press.