Psilocybe cubensis Transkei magic mushrooms are medium sized and have a pretty solid stem that’s a little gnarled. Young magic mushrooms have bright orange/brown caps that later turn very pale to almost white. Combined with the purplish colour from sporulation, these caps take on a unique white/purple/golden pattern. The veil stays connected to the cap for a very long time until it tears, leaving remnants on the stem as well as on the cap. Most Psilocybe cubensis strains have a veil that tears from the cap and stays on the stem. Mycelium on agar grows very rhizomorphic.
Originating near Durban on South Africa’s Wild Coast, Transkei Cubensis Shrooms are a potent modern strain that produces prominent body sensations and open eye visuals, with a ballet of tracers, dancing lights and geometric shapes that increase at higher doses.
Sometimes called the SATs, the South African Transkei Cubensis shrooms provide a light-twinkling, skin-tingling experience, whether you’re dancing during the energetic come-up, or melting into a fit of the giggles and the resulting cuddle puddle.
These sensation-enhancing psilocybes are a great choice for smaller doses, first-timers, or casual daytripping.
Everyone’s physiology and metabolism is different, and individual brain chemistry and body size play a significant role in how each individual might respond to psilocybin, as will your surroundings and emotional state, so if it is your first time or you are significantly upping your dosage, select a safe, comfortable, and if possible, familiar place, and consider asking a sober tripsitter to be your companion for the coming ride.
Effects begin between 10 to 40 minutes after ingestion and can last between 3 and 6 hours, depending on the dose and the individual. Like all tryptamines, psilocybes often cause what have been called “the mushroom yawns” which increase markedly as one begins to peak, however, the feeling in the rest of the body is energetic, not tired. Users can expect a wide variety of possible effects and sensations, from the mystical, euphoric and revelatory to the hyperspatial and mind-alteringly observational. At doses over 2 grams, some users report experiencing warping of the visual field, and Dali-esque melting objects, and other possible effects include time distortion, hallucinations both when eyes are closed or open and synesthesia (i.e. “seeing” sounds and “feeling” colours), particularly with the Transkei variety of cubensis, which also tends to have a heavier body load. Remember to stay hydrated, especially if you’re outdoors or doing activity like dancing, and try sipping some honey ginger tea to counteract any possible nausea during the come-up. Do not use if pregnant and do not mix with other drugs, especially alcohol.
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