Penis Envy Mushroom
Penis Envy Mushroom (Psilocybe Cubensis Melmac), also referred to as Penis Envy is a variant of the famous Penis Envy strain discovered and developed by Terrence McKenna and Steven Pollock two of the great early psychonauts. Over the years many mycologists worked with the original Penis Envy strain to develop their own. Homestead is a name of a spore vendor located in the Pacific Northwest. It was very active in the 80s but they have since disappeared from the underground mushroom scene. We can only predict that the name Melmac was given by Homestead in reference to a fictional planet and home to alien life from a sitcom called ALF which aired from 1986 to 1990.
Penis Envy Mushroom Effects and Characteristics
You may, after all this time, be wondering why this strain is called “Penis Envy.”
To answer the first question that may come to mind, no, it does not have anything to do with Mr. Pollock’s endowment. It is simply because, when fresh, Penis Envy mushrooms strongly resemble a phallic object, or in other words, the mushroom looks like a penis, and a large one at that (hence the term “envy”).
The visual characteristics of this mushroom variety include a large, thick, and exceptionally dense stem that is typically white in color, and an underdeveloped, bulbous cap that is distinctly more concave (rounded) than most other Psilocybe cubensis varieties. Additionally, the lack of a velum (veil separating cap and stem) often incites a bubbling mutation just below the mushroom cap that can look similar to a foreskin. Penis Envy mushrooms are also one of the densest varieties of magic mushrooms, and while they are typically shorter in height and smaller overall than other species, they still possess significant weight due to their density.
What sets the Melmac shrooms apart from the original Penis Envy strain is that the shape of stems and caps are alien-looking. The stems tend to have a tendency to look more deformed and the caps have wavy edges. The colours are very similar to its Penis Envy parents, stems are nearly colourless and caps tend to be light to dark golden caramel.
The Melmac is known to have high potency. We do not recommend this strain for first-timers. This is a strain for experienced users as potency is at the level of Penis Envy which can be sometimes more than double of most strains. Depending on your setting you can expect deep shamanic and spiritual experience. Because of its high potency ego-loss may also be something you might face.
Penis Envy Mushroom Variations and Hybrids
The process of creating a mushroom strain hybrid involves inoculating grain or agar with two different mycelial mushroom cultures. These cultures will grow more or less individually from one-another, however the stronger culture will most often become dominant. When introduced to fruiting conditions, the vast majority of the resulting mushrooms will bear significant resemblance to mushrooms of whichever mycelial culture obtained dominance, however some mushrooms located where the mycelial cultures “meet” will have characteristics of both varieties. These mushrooms can then be propagated by tissue culture isolation, and over several generations of propagation and fruiting, then more tissue culture isolation can be refined to consistently display the “new” characteristics.
Beginning in the late 1970s with Stephen Pollock, there have been several entheo-mycologists and genetics vendors who have performed culture isolation/crossing on the Penis Envy strain. This has resulted in several distinguishable sub-variants, such as Albino Penis Envy (Albino PF x Penis Envy cross), Penis Envy #6 (a mutation), Texas Penis Envy (Texas Orange Caps x Penis Envy cross), Penis Envy Uncut (a mutation), and Trans Envy (Transkei x Penis Envy cross).
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All in all, Penis Envy magic mushrooms are perhaps the most intriguing variety of Psilocybe cubensis, and human scientific understanding of this strain is actually quite limited. It’s visually distinct, considerably difficult to cultivate, and its potency is unmatched within the cubensis species—which has resulted in these mushrooms being highly sought after, especially by experienced psychonauts. This high demand/low supply dynamic also means that Penis Envy cultures and mushrooms are valued at a higher amount than other magic mushrooms, with some online vendors selling them for more than $12 per gram! To put this in context, the price of “regular” cubensis mushrooms ranges from $4-7 per gram.
If you are thinking of cultivating or consuming Penis Envy mushrooms, be sure to prepare yourself accordingly, keeping in mind the paramount importance that mindset and physical environment have in any psychedelic experience, and get ready to experience a mushroom trip that will make you realize why Penis Envy is oft considered the best!If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services