The history of Psilocybe mexicana spores is intertwined with the cultural and scientific exploration of psychedelic mushrooms. Here’s an overview of their history:
Traditional Use: Psilocybe mexicana mushrooms have a long history of traditional use among indigenous peoples in Mexico, particularly the Aztecs. These mushrooms were used ceremonially for spiritual and religious purposes, often in the context of shamanic rituals and healing ceremonies. The indigenous name for these mushrooms is “teonanácatl,” which translates to “flesh of the gods.”
Modern Scientific Exploration: In the mid-20th century, researchers began to take an interest in the psychoactive compounds found in Psilocybe mexicana and other psychedelic mushrooms. This led to the isolation and identification of psilocybin and psilocin as the primary psychoactive components responsible for the mushrooms’ effects.