Psilocybe caerulipes, also commonly called the “blue-foot” mushroom, gives reference to the typically blue-hued base of their stipe. Despite the base sports a blue tinge, and the cap a greenish tinge, the rest of the beating body has an overdue and mild bluing reaction that so typically characterizes the Psilocybe genus. This idiosyncrasy is one of the handful ways to stand this species out from P. quebecensis, which inhabits a parallel range but exhibits a much more imperative bluing reaction to conduct and damage.
While the reaction, that is typically linked to psychoactive alkaloids, may be mild, this does not ensure the effectiveness of this species. Psilocybe caerulipes offers higher levels of both psilocybin and psilocin, placing it with the fairly powerful species, for example, P. cubensis, though it has a much more variable potency than other comparable species. The result is a possibly strong experience from only one to three grams of dried fruiting body, even though these mushrooms have a smaller average size than other Psilocybe species.
Their small size is a great way to make out this species in the wild, though fly-by-night. It is often mistaken with P. ovoideocystidiata, a cousin of psilocybe caerulipes, and certain other non-psilocybe species. It typically has a cinnamon brown cap that remains sparkly when it is dried out. It is profusely cultivated and available in Northeastern United States, North to Canada and as far south as Mexico. In its natural variety, it grows from May to December on timbered debris and forest floors, despite it is still few and far between.
The rarity of this species continues into home cultivation, where spores may be hard to get hold of. Its mild smell and flavor may have bestowed on to its potential use among ancient people of Mexico and North America, although other species of the Psilocybe genus are more expected to have been used. While little separates this mushroom from a host of hallucinogenic species, it includes a variety of benefits of what makes the genus one of a kind.