By Luke Whittaker
Chinook Observer 

'Magic': Peninsula gains acclaim as psychedelic 'shroom' capital


Last updated 12/2/2021 at 12:05pm

Luke Whittaker

A mature Psilocybe azurescens mushroom, considered to be the most potent magic mushroom on earth, grows in great abundance in Pacific County. However, non-experts should exercise great cuation before ingesting any type of mushroom – some local species contain deadly poison.

LONG BEACH PENINSULA - There's something magical happening in the sprawling sand dunes in Pacific County.

During the dreariest days of fall, an army of furtive fungal foragers descend on the dunes, forests and meadows along the Long Beach Peninsula. A majority come to collect a bountiful array of culinary mushrooms, from king bolete to shaggy mane.

However, some dedicated foragers specifically seek a rare fungi considered to be the most potent psychedelic mushroom in existence, known as Psilocybe azurescens, informally referred to as "azzies." Although lacking in the cult-like appeal of azzies, other psychedelic species are also found in this area - most notably Psilocybe cyanescens.

The sheer abundance of mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest has been well documented, but the plethora of magic mushrooms - particularly in Pacific and Clatsop counties - was recently highlighted using data submitted from foragers.

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