Mutant strain Albino Penis Envy aint just APE but King Kong of Magic Mushrooms
Shroom story about the most provocative mushroom strain. Albino Penis Envy in books and journals. APE stronger than other Psilocybe Cubensis strains? The most common problems with APE cultivation and the best teks to choose for APE growing
Albino Penis Envy mushrooms: story of origin, cultivation tek and growing problems, potency and effects
There is one provocative mushroom. It resemble an intimate symbol and full of jokes about naming
Get to know it! Albino Penis Envy is one of the most desirable Psilocybe Cubensis strains among psychonauts and mushroom growers. His name speaks for itself and fully describes his physical form: thick stem and convex head (the cap usually doesn't open completely)
In contrast to the golden caps of regular Cubensis, APE's caps are white/beige with a blue tint. When dry they turn into a beautiful silver-blue color
Mostly used wordplay abbreviation as a name for this mushroom - APE 🦍
Albino Penis Envy in books and journals
This mushroom and its ancestors are featured in John Allen's book "Sex, Mushrooms, and Rock and Roll" (download free pdf book) on the title page. It is mentioned as a first sex toys of ancient people in his book "Sexy Sacred Mushrooms" (particularly in paragraph "Penis Worship, Penis Envy & Phallic Symbolism")
John W. Allen aka "Mushroom John" is a brilliant Mushroom Pioneer, ethnomycologist, writer, artist, photographer and independent researcher of the entheogenic use of psilocybin mushrooms. He discovered many new species and strains. One of them is Psilocybe Cubensis Pink Buffallo, also Cambodian and Burma. We'll talk about this amazing person in a separate article, because there is so much to share about him!
Enough to talk about mushroom porn so far. Let's figure out Albino Penis Envy features.
How APE appeared. Origin of Albino Penis Envy mushroom
You'll never find such specimen in nature. Why? Because it's a MUTANT strain created by mycologists.
Albino Penis Envy is a hybrid of two Psilocybe Cubensis strains: Penis Envy and PF Albino.
There are legends about how Penis Envy's ancestor came to be. This story involving ethnomologists Terence McKenna, Steven Pollock and Rich Gee. These psychonauts are so overplayed that it's almost impossible to find the true story of the Penis Envy origin.
The beginning of Penis Envy history starts in 1971 from a huge Cubensis mushroom in Amazon river area that was founded by Terence McKenna. He brought several prints of large specimens to the United States (Colorado) and gave them his friend Steven Pollock (a medical doctor, mycologist). But this finding doesn't mean Terence McKenna brought the finished version of Penis Envy genetic are known today.
Long mycological experiments were followed. Steven Pollock first tried to isolate the culture on agar. And during cultivation he noticed one fungus that stood out among all the others. This is how the mutation was identified. This mutant was cloned and became the Penis Envy.
It is believed that a mycologist Rich Gee (it's his nickname), who wished to be anonymous, worked on this strain
However, everyone who had a hand in this creation doesn't claim authorship, they really lost the ego. All these guys refer to each other and joking about mushroom naming.
The second ancestor of APE is PF Albino. It is a Psilocybe Cubensis mutant by famous character in the world of magic mushrooms called Psylocybe Fanaticus (PF).
I'll share a story about Psylocybe Fanaticus in a separate article: PF-tek. From Psylocybe Fanaticus story to the most famous mushroom cultivation tek
As result of all these stories and mycological manipulations we have Albino Penis Envy strain is super popular today
Albino Penis Envy potency. APE stronger than other Cubensis strains?
You often hear from experienced growers and psychonauts:
"All Cubes are plus-minus the same...But it's not really about APE mushroom"
Albino Penis Envy strain is known as one of the most potent among Psilocybe Cubensis magic mushrooms and even more potent than his ancestors Penis Envy and PF Albino. All albinos are considered more potent.
APE isolated culture can accumulate more alkaloids than regular Cubensis strains. Therefore, possible to grow more potent mushrooms. However, there is still insufficient data to state this fact, the strength of the mushrooms may vary considerably due to growing factors (cultivation conditions) and post-harvest storage methods.
According to Oakland Hyphae, the average alkaloid concentration of Penis Envy and Albino Penis Envy may be much higher than other strains of the Psilocybe Cubensis
The following data is based on preliminary research and development methods, does not represent final data and requires further peer review before being taken more seriously than 'interesting'. Oakland Hyphae
Alkaloid concentrations can vary from mushroom to mushroom, from flush to flush. Moreover, even in the same mushroom there can be a significant difference in the stem and cap.
Significant difference exists between SPECIES, not strains within one species:
Readers should note, that within any one species, there can be a tenfold range in psilocybin and psilocin production from one collection to the next. (Paul Stamets, "Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World")
...other indole alkaloids have been found in mushrooms besides psilocybin and psilocin. Baeocystin, norbaeocystin and/or aeruginacine are closely related to psilocin, and may be active. (Gartz, 1992)
Albino Penis Envy effects and tripping with APE
Psychonauts reported more intense trip with Albino Penis Envy mushrooms. Some noted more intense and active visuals. Someone have wavelike visuals, someone reported a deeper mystical experience
Remember, all reports is subjective assessment of feelings. Mushroom trip depends mostly on the dosage, individual personal characteristics (metabolism, hormonal and immunity system), preparation before tripping, environment, level of stress, information background, your brain "library", set & setting etc.
🔴 Recommended: Mushroom Consumption Guides
APE for microdosing
Albino Penis Envy strain can be used for microdosing as any Psilocybe Cubensis strain. Personal dosage calibration for microdosing course is crucial importance step
🔴 Check out: Microdosing Guide
Features of growing Albino Penis Envy
Cultivation steps for APE are totally the same as for other Psilocybe Cubensis strains
🔴 Follow step-by-step Mushroom Cultivation Guide by Shroomok and have a happy growing!
Is Albino Penis Envy suitable for newbies in mushroom growing?
Albino Penis Envy is recommended for experienced growers who have at least one successful grow from scratch (not a growkit!) and understand the basics in mushroom cultivation.
Actually attentive responsible newbies also succeed. So, don't limit yourself and be ready for hard work!
What is the best cultivation tek for APE mushrooms?
1️⃣ The most efficient growing tek for APE is MonoTub. These giants enjoy free space.
🔴 Check out: DIY Monotub for mushrooms
2️⃣ Tek №2 for APE is Bottle-tek and small mushroom cakes
🔴 Check out: Casing and small mushroom cakes
3️⃣ Even simple PF-tek can be used for growing Albino Penis Envy mushrooms
APE cultivation and growing problems
Don't expect huge harvest for the first attempt. This strain is a bit capricious.
The most responsible step in the Albino Penis Envy cultivation is pinhead initiation period. This is the very first days after starting fruiting period or introducing fresh air and up to 14 days.
At this stage it is important to maintain favorable fruiting conditions for pins and primordia formation.
❗️Inappropriate microclimate conditions can be a trigger for genetic mutations! This is a common problem for all mutant strains
Mutated primordia are called Dino Eggs. Such mutants can be more potent than normal mature mushrooms
It isn't contamination and these mutants are safe to use
Another example of strange mutated fruits instead of mushroom bodies. Such shrooms can't transform into a normal mushrooms with cap and stem
It's impossible to stop or fix this process. As a result you'll get an aesthetically unattractive crop
Such mutants are safe to consume. But theirs genetics are useless for any further mycological manipulations (particularly cloning). As you can see these shrooms don't have normal caps and usually don't produce spores.
Sometimes APE genetic mutation looks awesome!
This APE mutant looks like monster mouth 👻
Another side of the same APE monster
How to grow big Albino Penis Envy mushrooms?
From the very first harvest you can get smaller fruit bodies in comparison with photos shared on the internet. First of all it depends on genetics! If we are talking about multiculture mushrooms reach about 6 inch (15 cm).
Isolated culture (by cloning mushroom tissue on agar or isolated colony on agar) produces giants, real mushroom King Kongs
How to make Albino Penis Envy spore swab or APE spore print?
You may notice APE don't produce spores. The caps often don't open and don't form veil. It is almost impossible to make a spore print of Albino Penis Envy, since the caps don't fully open and don't show the gills.
Spores are white or transparent, visible only under microscope. They spill out from the very edge of the cap on the mushroom stem. That's why spore print preparation like with ordinary Psilocybe Cubensis strains won't work for APE
Use sterile cotton swabs (available at the pharmacy) to gather and save your spores for a long time. Store them in a dark place in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Always use airtight bags to keep them sterile.
How to work with the spore swab?
Spore swab means further work with agar and/or liquid culture. This seems to be more complicated manipulations for noobs, because required additional knowledge, skills, equipment and time. But don't worry, with time this skill can be mastered.
Agar guide and Liquid Culture guide by Shroomok are coming soon... Stay tuned!
One more option to skip working with agar and LC is ready for inoculation liquid culture or spore syringe.
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