The story of growkit Golden Teacher is a fascinating journey into the world of psilocybin mushrooms. It is one of the most prized varieties, combining nature and human exploration. The article will explore the origin, evolution and impact of these magic mushrooms on culture and consciousness. We’ll find out why the Golden Teacher growkit has earned its status as one of the industry’s most popular.
Psilocybin mushrooms ( Golden Teacher belongs to this variety) gained prominence in the Western world in the mid-20th century. Especially thanks to the work of influential figures such as Timothy Leary. Leary, along with other pioneers of the psychedelic movement, advocated the exploration of altered states of consciousness facilitated by substances such as psilocybin contained precisely in Golden Teacher, Mexican, and Mazatapec.
Golden Teacher (psilocybin mushrooms) in ancient cultures
Magic mushrooms, or those containing psilocybin, for example, have played a role in rituals, ceremonies and spiritual practices for thousands of years. In Central America, the Mayan and Aztec peoples called them “Teonanácatl,” literally “Body of the Gods.”
From northern Australia to Spain to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, the history of psilocybin mushrooms spans all corners of the world.
Source: Food of the Gods
Cave paintings at Tassili n’Ajjer in Algeria, dating back 9,000 years, contain the oldest petroglyph depicting the use of magic mushrooms. According to the U.S. Forest Service, “The mushrooms depicted on the ‘mushroom shamrock’ are Psilocybe mushrooms.”
In his 1992 book titled. “Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge,” ethnobotanist and mystic Terrence Mckenna describes paintings from the Neolithic era, writing:
“Here are shown the earliest depictions of shamans surrounded by numerous grazing cattle…”
Interesting through the prism of this text, is that varieties of Psilocybe Cubensis, such as the modern Golden Teacher, grow naturally on the feces of cattle, buffalo and even horses.
Mckenna continues, writing: “The shamans dance with their hands full of mushrooms, and also have mushrooms growing out of their bodies. In one case they are shown running with joy, surrounded by the geometric structures of their hallucinations.”
Golden Teacher story more contemporary and therapeutic potential
The Golden Teacher mushroom has mysterious origins despite its worldwide popularity. Here is an abbreviated history of its discovery in the context of Western culture’s growing fascination with psilocybin.
The psilocybin mushroom species is described by American mycologist Franklin Sumner Earle as Stropharia cubensis in Cuba.
French pharmacist and mycologist Narcisse Théophile Patouillard identifies it as Naematoloma caerulescens.
Ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes publishes the results of a Harvard University study on the use of magic mushrooms in Mexico and their effects on the nervous system.
American mycologist and founder of the journal Mycologia, William Alphonso Murrill, gives it the name Stropharia cyanescens in Gainesville, Florida.
German mycologist Rolf Singer transfers it to the genus Psilocybe, naming it Psilocybe (“bare head”) Cubensis (“originating from Cuba”).
Gordon and Valera Wasson take part in a mushroom ceremony in Central America led by shaman Maria Sabina. They publish their famous findings in the May issue of Life magazine.
Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms (possibly just Golden Teacher) are discovered growing wild in Florida, contributing to their rapid popularity in the psychedelic scene.
PES Mushrooms a Golden Teacher
Despite the popular message that suggests Golden Teacher is originally a Hawaiian PES mushroom, renamed by a Dutch breeder, they are distinct in appearance, effects and potency. It’s more likely that the Golden Teacher made its way to Florida thanks to a type of spore spread called zoochoria.
A break in research on psychedelic mushrooms such as Golden Teacher
A hiatus in research on psilocybin’s therapeutic properties ended in 1997 in a study conducted at the University of Zurich. Since then, as part of the renaissance of psychedelics, changes are taking place in the regulation of psychoactive substances, which raises hopes for the future of legal cultivation and consumption of Golden Teacher mushrooms.
In 2020, Oregon became a pioneer by legalizing psilocybin therapy, and decriminalization initiatives are popping up in various regions of the country. Changing regulations on psychoactive substances indicate the arrival of a new era in the field of psychedelics.
Golden Teacher current situation
The history of hallucinogenic mushrooms like Golden Teacher is fascinating, but their use is potentially dangerous. Research is still ongoing, but its use requires consultation with a doctor. In many countries, including Poland, possession of the mycelium itself is legal, but use of psilocybin mushrooms often remains illegal and harmful to health.