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Psilocybin and Psilocin

Psilocybin & Psilocin are 2 natural active substances that exist in approximately 200 different mushrooms.  After ingestion of psilocybin, the body turns this substance to psilocin, which has  a very strong psychoactive effect.

The well known Swiss Scientist, Albert Hofmann, ( who discovered LSD ), was the first one to isolate the compounds psilocybin & psilocin in the laboratory.  He did this in 1958  and used the mushroom strain "Psilocybe mexicana" that was artificially bred for this purpose.

Molecular structure of psilocybin and psilocin:

Molecular structure of psilocybin and psilocin

The most well known mushrooms with the compounds psilocybin and psilocin are:

Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe azurescens, Psilocybe tampanensis, Psilocybe mexicana and the Panaeolus cyanescens.

The effect from psilocybin and psilocin takes about 3-6 hours. Read more about the effects from psilocybin and psilocin.