Golden Teachers have been around since the 1980’s, consistently proving to be an attractive choice for recreational, therapeutic, religious, and other forms of use.
When it comes to mushroom hunting and cultivation, the Golden Teachers have become increasingly popular. These mushrooms are known for their potency, ease of cultivation and a variety of other benefits that make them a go-to choice for many mushroom enthusiasts. So why has this specific strain become one of the more sought after shrooms on the market? Let's take a closer look.
What is a Golden Teacher?
While there is no way to accurately know for sure, it’s quite widely believed that Golden Teachers are the most common psychedelic mushroom species in North America. It is a strain of Psilocybe Cubensis (one of over 16 known species of psychedelic mushrooms).
Golden Teachers have been around since the 1980’s, consistently proving to be an attractive choice for recreational, therapeutic, religious, and other forms of use. The mushrooms grow to be about 3 or 4 inches long with a thin white spine and golden hued cap, speckled with small yellow dots.
Why are Golden Teachers so popular?
Golden Teachers are a great strain for beginners or those looking for a more predictable dosage. They’re considered medium potency, with roughly 0.61% psilocybin & 0.60% psilocin. Anecdotal data also suggest that Golden Teacher trips are often shorter than average, lasting closer to 2 hours rather than 4.
Many users claim they also contain unique healing qualities in addition to providing a euphoric experience. This combination attracts both those looking to ease into a psychedelic state as well as those looking to have an impactful experience beyond just the mushroom’s immediate effects.
They are approved by mushroom growers and consumers alike
In addition to the strain's effects and availability, Golden Teachers are one of the tamest psychedelic mushroom strains to cultivate. Psilocybe Cubensis is well-known because of its wide distribution across various continents. These mushrooms grow natively in Southeast Asia, Central and North America, and Australia. Although some growers report differences in growing time, it is often just down to the genetics within each variety, as well as differences in growing conditions. Growing golden teachers in a home environment is simple for an inexperienced grower.
They’re great for spore prints as well, as they regularly dump thick carpets of blackish/purple-ish spores. The species will grow well on most grain-based starter substrates and bulk substrates like manure. Just about any Psilocybe Cubensis strain is a safe choice, as most are easy to grow and have less stringent cultivation requirements like temperature, humidity, and light. If you’re looking for potency, resources Oakland Hyphae will tell you where most strains rank and compare to one another.
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The King of hallucinogenic mushrooms?
The ‘Teacher’ aspect of the Golden Teacher mushroom strain derives from the uniquely educational experience that is often reported with its use. Whether Golden Teacher is more educational than other cubensis varieties remains unproven. It’s often stated that the quality of the trip depends on the strain of mushroom involved with some being more visual, others more physical, and so on. The scientific data on this subject is still lacking, and some will attest that psilocybin strains would theoretically produce the same experiences, but each environment and setting will have their own impacts.
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