Saturday, September 05, 2009

The New Grow Houses?

Here's something I'd never heard about before: Growing psilocybin mushrooms. I know people go looking for them in cow pastures during certain times of the year but I never thought about growing them. Sounds like fun.

3 Comments:

At 11:03 AM, Blogger -Doug Brunell "America's Favorite Son" said...

What next? People moving here from farm country, setting up grow houses, which then burn to the ground? Funny stuff.

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Mr. Nice said...

People growing Psilocybe mushrooms around here would be silly considering most of us have them growing in our landscaping whether we know it or not.

(Disclaimer: psilocybin possession is a crime, yadda yadda)
The variety around here are in a class of mushrooms known as LBMs (little brown mushrooms). They can look like deadly poisonous Galerina autumnalis to the uninitiated. Absolute identification is trivial considering Psilocybe spores are purple when viewed under a microscope. Psilocybe caps also have a thick rubbery feeling... hence the name "Psilocybe" which translates to bald head. They also turn a very obvious blue color when bruised. This is not the best identifier as many types of mushrooms bruise blue, just not any common LBMs around here.

This particular variety is so ubiquitous that the pretend-to-be-green HSU turned to spraying fungicide on its landscaping. Before the fungicidal tendencies, the University Police would patrol the Ceoanthus bushes around the campus perimeter trying to catch would be trippers.

In any case, a Psilocybe grow house would not be very dangerous as mushrooms only need light to know which direction is up. A kilowatt lamp on these mushrooms would do little but make the temperature high enough that they would never fruit.

Ironically enough, just about the only open areas that Psilocybes will not grow around here are in cow fields.

 
At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be safe - stick with Pot !


Nobody dies from it .

 

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