Have you ever heard about cow pasture hallucinogenic mushrooms? No, they are not a new strain, nor are all poop mushrooms hallucinogenic. So, what’s the big deal? Turns out there are foragers who obtain psilocybin mushrooms from – you guessed it – cow piles. Let’s learn more about it! 


  • Psychedelic mushrooms can and do grow on cattle pastures. ✨
  • Not all mushrooms that grow in cow poop are safe for humans. ✨
  • You should avoid picking poop shrooms, since you’re risking serious poisoning. ✨
  • Foraging cow pasture hallucinogenic mushrooms may not be legal in all circumstances, and caution should be exercised when collecting wild mushrooms to avoid the risk of or breaking the law.✨

Cow Pasture Hallucinogenic Mushrooms: What’s Their Deal?

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Cow pasture hallucinogenic mushrooms are not a thing on their own. It’s true, we can find mushrooms growing on poop, and some of them are indeed psychedelic. Psilocybe Cubensis, to be precise

They can grow on cow pasture because it has a symbiotic relationship with the manure of grazing animals like cows, which provides a nutrient-rich environment for the mushrooms to grow. The spores of the mushroom are ingested by cows during their grazing, and then the spores pass through the cow’s digestive system and are excreted in their feces.

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The spores can then germinate and grow into mycelium, which is the vegetative part of the fungus that grows underground and absorbs nutrients from the surrounding environment. The mycelium of Psilocybe Cubensis is adapted to break down and consume the organic matter in cow dung, which allows the mushroom to thrive in these environments.

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It is worth noting that not all cow pastures will have psilocybin-containing mushrooms, as the presence of the mushroom also depends on factors such as climate, humidity, soil composition, and the specific species of fungi present in the area.

Do All Magic Mushrooms Grow on Poop?

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For example, the species Psilocybe semilanceata, also known as the Liberty Cap, is commonly found growing in grassy areas and pastures, but it does not require animal feces to grow. Additionally, there are some species of magic mushrooms that are grown commercially in sterile environments using a nutrient-rich substrate such as rice flour or rye grain, rather than on animal dung or other organic materials.

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Is It Safe to Pick Mushrooms from Cow Poop?

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Foraging cow pasture hallucinogenic mushrooms could not be safe or legal, depending on the specific location and circumstances.

  • Firstly, you need to be able to accurately identify the species of mushroom before consuming or collecting it. While some species of mushrooms that grow on cow dung, such as Psilocybe Cubensis, are known to be psychoactive and used recreationally, other species can be poisonous or even deadly if consumed.
  • In addition, picking mushrooms from areas where chemicals, pesticides, or other pollutants are present could result in consuming contaminated mushrooms that can pose health risks.
  • In terms of legality, foraging cow pasture hallucinogenic mushrooms on public lands or private property without permission can be considered trespassing, and in some areas, it may be illegal to harvest wild mushrooms without a permit or license. 

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