PRISM’s Guide to Magic Mushrooms

Page 3 – List of Common Non-Actives

And now for some common non-active mushrooms (a non-active being any mushroom that does not contain psilocybin), it is useful to know how these look as well in order to diminish your chances of picking them. NOTE: take extra care to not pick any Gallerina or Cortinarius mushrooms as they are both very poisonous. Know that these mushrooms do not bruise blue, and their spore print is a rusty brown, compared to subaeruginosa which is violet-brown.

Bolbitius vitellinus – inedible
Coprinellus micaceus
Coprinellus micaceus – edible (looks creepy!)
Cortinarius – poisonous
Cortinarius subgenus Dermocybe
Cortinarius subgenus Dermocybe – poisonous
Cortinarius subgenus Dermocybe
Cortinarius subgenus Dermocybe – poisonous
Cortinarius subgenus Sericeocybe
Cortinarius subgenus Sericeocybe – poisonous
Galerina – poisonous
Galerina marginata
Galerina marginata – poisonous (extremely toxic doppleganger, also known as a ‘skullcap’. Note the veil still attached to the stem from the opening of the cap – these are absent on psilocybe subaeruginosa mushrooms. The spore print of these will be a light to rusty brown.)
Galerina marginata
Galerina marginata – poisonous
Galerina marginata
Galerina marginata – poisonous
Gymnopilus – inedible

Gymnopilus austrosapineus

Gymnopus – edible (but don’t bother)
Gymnopus – edible
Gymnopus – edible
Gymnopus dryophilus
Gymnopus dryophilus – edible
Hymenopellis – edible (I once saw one close to the size of arm. I almost died of happiness as I thought it was a sub…)
Hymenopellis – edible
Hypholoma fasciculare
Hypholoma fasciculare – poisonous
Hypholoma fasciculare
Hypholoma fasciculare – poisonous (note the yellow tinge, that is this mushroom’s way of saying ‘don’t eat me!’)
Inocybe – poisonous

Inocybe eutheles

Cruentomycena viscidocruenta – inedible 
Leratiomyces ceres
Leratiomyces ceres – poisonous (the most common non active, distinguishable by their orangey cap. the appearance of these are usually a good sign that psilocybe subaeruginosa are nearby – be very careful as they often share the same patch)
Leratiomyces ceres
Leratiomyces ceres – poisonous
Pholiota communis
Pholiota communis  – edible (but tasteless)
Pholiotina rugosa
Pholiotina rugosa – poisonous
pholotina rugosa
Pholiotina rugosa – poisonous
A comparison picture of a Psilocybe subaeruginosa and the poisonous Pholiotina rugosa, courtesy of ‘crix’ from the shroomery. Please click the picture to make it bigger. Take note that the Pholiotina has its veil still attached, while the Subaeruginosa doesn’t. Also, more importantly, notice how the Pholiotina’s stem is not white but actually looks more like a sour coke bottle.
Psathyrella – inedible
Amanita phalloides (a.k.a the 'death cap' - one of the most toxic mushrooms  you may come across, it is responsible for the majority of accidental mushroom poisonings. one mushroom is enough to kill an adult human. this one is certainly no fun-guy)
Amanita phalloides – poisonous (a.k.a the ‘death cap’ – one of the most toxic mushrooms you may ever come across, one mushroom is enough to kill an adult human. This one is certainly no fun-guy)
Amanita muscaria
Amanita muscaria – psychedelic (a.k.a fly agaric. whilst psychedelic, this is considered a non-active as it doesn’t contain psilocybin. It is also the only mushroom mentioned that is both edible and inedible, depending on how it’s prepared. When eaten raw it is toxic because of a chemical it contains called ibotenic acid. Drying the mushroom converts the ibotenic acid into muscimol (the psychedelic compound), it is important that you dry them properly though (I cover drying mushrooms in depth later on). The psychedelic compound ‘muscimol’ is water soluble, so boiling it and discarding the water will make it edible, without any psychoactive effects (it is very tasty). Alternatively you can boil the ‘dried’ mushroom, and then drink the water as a tea to experience its psychedelic-ness. Never eat it raw.

So there you have it, you should now have a good idea of what it is you’re looking for, and also (more importantly) what you’re not looking for. If you have any pictures of non-active/poisonous mushrooms that I haven’t covered, or even a better shot of one I have, please send them to me via email ( and I will add them to the list. Once you have all of your mushrooms the only thing left to do is to have a bite to eat (looking for mushrooms is draining!), and head home to start the drying process. Or you can bypass the whole drying part by eating them fresh.

Fresh mushrooms, if kept in the fridge (NOT the freezer as they will melt and turn to shit) will last about 3 to 5 days, and will be more potent than when they are dried. About 90% of the mushroom is water weight, so as a rule of thumb 10 grams fresh equals 1 gram dried – therefore you would need to eat about 30 grams of fresh magic mushrooms to have a strong trip, or 3 grams of the same mushrooms dried. Obviously you can eat a lot more too, but if you’re just starting out save the experimentation for later. Doses over 3 grams are for people who have some experience with the territory. Once you dry mushrooms you can hold onto them indefinitely and they will stay potent and edible. Go on to the next page to read about the drying procedure. Next Page: drying procedure

163 thoughts on “PRISM’s Guide to Magic Mushrooms

  1. ey mate… love your tips/review and photos and stuffs!!! was wondering if you know if there’s were any at dandenong ?? cause i was planning to go for a bushwalk there with the missus. i come from western suburbs melbourne and I usually go picking in the East Side but recently stumbled across some subs at my cousins place while going hunting with him in his backyard in western subs in melb LOLOL!!!!

      1. Where can i get magic mushroom in mauritius? Can you help me please? Its a tropical island with plenty of rain so??

  2. hey do you think they’d be growing around this time? it rained all last week so would they be popping up yet? I was looking to hunt in dandenong and endeavour hills in some creeks, good areas or nah? excellent guide by the way!

  3. hey man i absolutely love this guide!! i saw your comment on shroomery promoting this article.
    i am from Sydney and just moved to Melbourne, i live in bayside near Brighton (black rock). is it possible to find them around the bayside area or do i have to look more inland? there are quite a few parks with woodchips around , but the soil seems a little sandy!

    any response is much appreciated 🙂 thanks!

  4. Im guessing this comment in years to late but im really glad i had a dream about magic mushies (never tried them before but want to )and decided to look them up your guide was just what i was wanting to find. Im going to get out there and see if i can find what im looking for 🙂 what do you reccomend for a first time dose fresh ?

    1. Never too late! The dose you initiate yourself with really depends on you. If you want to start with a low dose to test the waters then I’d suggest 10 grams fresh (1g dried), but if you want to experience it at its full potential then I’d go either 20 or 30 grams fresh (2-3g dried). Seeing as you’re new to picking please be cautious about what you consume and make sure you have everything properly identified first. All the best 🙂

  5. Hey mate just been looking for shrooms this season, I’ve come across 2 different types one much larger than the other, the larger one on Mt Dandenong and the smaller in Fairfield am I able to send pictures in to you? i took a spore print of the larger one and its Tan colour, almost the same as the top of the cap. I’m looking for a blueish spore print right? thanks

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  7. Wow! What an informative,extremely well written piece of literature!
    This project is worth a million bucks to someone like me who is just beginning to realise what nature has laid before us in the paddock over the road!
    I have long wanted to delve into the mushroom world but hearing so many wild tales of predominant bullshit and fear of turning my liver to mush (which is quite possible and well understood) have always made me turn the other way! In the passed few weeks I have scanned the net and found some extremely well (self) educated spirits that are willing to pass on their AWSOME knowledge so that people like me can make informed and identified decisions about how to approach this ‘field’ with alot less fear and possibly fatal guesswork!
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        I’ll get some piccys together and send ’em thru when I get a chance man-
        MATE! Thanks for the reply and once again! You’re obviously an intelligent cool bloke and its a pleasure to hear back from ya good self! Credit to humanity Brother.
        Will catch up again soon-being a Dad of 4 keeps me plenty busy dude so I’ll cast a line when I can mate!
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  8. hello people i am new to picking mushrooms i have come across some i think are magic mushrooms some people say they are not magic mushrooms unless they turn blueish in the stalk or the top well , well mine havnt turned bluesih at all theyve been sitting for an hour or so now is there anyone that can send me a email or something some i can send them pictures of the magic mushrooms i have i just dont want to take them and end up in hospital because there bad mushrooms email is please and thankyou

  9. The best guide I have seen on the web for subs! Thanks a lot 🙂 I have been picking a couple of times and considered myself fairly experience but this helped me to be a lot more confident in what to look for and what to avoid! Well written also, cheers.

  10. Only once i have used psychedelics and these were the truffles not the shrooms. The experience is good and i enjoyed with truffles. Can anyone there let me know that are shrooms are safer like truffles or any difference between both. Magic Truffles i bought from

  11. I just landscaped my front yard .its a 80 percent shade area. Layed down soil manure mix. Toped by mulch. Lots of rain lately and next thing I know tons of shrooms poping up
    .not exactly sure if they are fun ones or poison.are fun ones only carmel color.?mine are white and biege colored.

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