Just like weed, there are a lot of different varieties of psilocybin magic mushroom strains. Also like cannabis, each one comes with its own list of potential benefits and therapeutic effects. As the newest addition to our menu, we’re excited to talk about Gold Caps— also known as Golden Teachers. Get to know this shroom strain in our latest profile and review, covering benefits, effects, and genetics.
Gold Caps, At A Glance
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Species: Psilocybe cubensis
Strain (AKA phenotype): Gold Caps, AKA Golden Teachers
Appearance: Large with light golden caps. Umbrella shaped caps that tend to be brown in the middle with a white ring on the perimeter
Potency: Moderately Potent; from 0.5-2% psilocybin and 0.1-0.5% psilocin.
Effects: Euphoria, mental clarity, and in high doses, intense visual hallucinations. More in the mind than in the body.
Potential Medicinal Value: Depression, cluster headaches, anxiety, mood disorders.
0.05-0.5g — microdose
1-2g — light dose
2-3g — recreational dose
3-5g — spiritual dose
What Are Gold Cap Shrooms?
Gold Cap magic mushrooms, also known as "Golden Teacher" mushrooms, are a strain of Psilocybe cubensis, a species of mushrooms that contain the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin.
They are known for their unique appearance, featuring a distinct golden or yellow color on the top of the cap. They are considered to be a medium to high potency strain and are widely sought after for their intense psychedelic effects.
These effects can include visual and auditory hallucinations, changes in perception of time and space, and a euphoric and introspective state of mind. Some users have also reported that they can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is important to note that the effects of magic mushrooms can vary greatly based on the individual and the dosage consumed, and it is not recommended to consume these mushrooms without the guidance of a medical professional.
Golden Teacher Magic Mushroom Effects
The effects and benefits of Gold Cap magic mushrooms can vary depending on the individual and the dosage consumed. However, some common effects and potential benefits associated with this strain of mushrooms include:
Psychedelic effects: Gold Cap mushrooms are known for their intense psychedelic effects, which can include visual and auditory hallucinations, changes in perception of time and space, and a euphoric and introspective state of mind.
Increased creativity: Some users report that consuming Gold Cap mushrooms can lead to increased creativity and inspiration.
Alleviation of anxiety and depression: Some research suggests that psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in Gold Cap mushrooms, may have therapeutic potential for treating anxiety and depression.
Increased emotional well-being: Some users report that consuming Gold Cap mushrooms can lead to an increased sense of emotional well-being and a deeper understanding of oneself.
Increased spiritual awareness: Some users report that consuming Gold Cap mushrooms can lead to increased spiritual awareness and a sense of connection to something greater than oneself.
It's important to note that magic mushrooms can have different effects on different people, and it's not recommended to consume them without proper medical supervision. Also, consuming Gold Cap mushrooms can come with potential negative effects such as anxiety, paranoia and other negative mental health effects.
Gold Cap Dosing Guide
When it comes to consuming magic mushrooms, dosing is crucial as the effects can vary greatly depending on the individual and the amount consumed. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach as factors such as age, genetics, weight, and the desired experience play a role in determining the appropriate dosage. Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms, can affect each person differently, so it's recommended to start with a low dose and increase gradually.
It's important to consider your goals when determining the appropriate dosage. If you want to experience a full-fledged trip, start with a low dose of half a gram to one whole gram and increase as desired after an hour. However, it's important to keep in mind that consuming more than 3.5 grams may lead to an intense trip and is not recommended for first-time users.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a mood or energy boost without the impairment of tripping, microdosing may be an option. A microdose is a small amount, typically between 0.05 to 0.5 grams, and is taken for the benefits without inducing hallucinations. It's important to start with the smallest possible amount and increase gradually until the desired effects are achieved.
0.05-0.5g — microdose
1-2g — light dose
2-3g — recreational dose
3.5-5g — spiritual dose
How to use Golden Teacher Mushrooms
The use of Gold Cap magic mushrooms can vary depending on the individual and the intended effects. However, some common methods for consuming them include:
Oral consumption: The most common method for consuming Gold Cap mushrooms is by ingesting them orally. They can be eaten fresh or dried, and can be consumed plain or mixed with food. It's important to note that the effects may take some time to set in after consumption, typically anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour.
Tea: Gold Cap mushrooms can be brewed and mixed with tea. This can make the taste more pleasant and also may help to mask the taste of the mushrooms.
Tincture: Some users may make a tincture by soaking the mushrooms in alcohol and then consuming the liquid.
Microdosing: Some users may consume small doses of Gold Cap mushrooms, known as microdosing, which is reported to have cognitive-enhancing effects and to improve mood, and creativity.
It's important to note that the effects of magic mushrooms can vary greatly based on the individual and the dosage consumed. As a general rule of thumb, it's important to measure your doses accurately when consuming magic mushrooms to determine the appropriate amount for your comfort level. It is always recommended to have a scale to measure the dose.
Additionally, it's a good idea to plan some activities while under the effects of the mushrooms, such as playing a game, watching a TV show, going for a walk, listening to music, making art, etc. Having a designated trip sitter nearby can also provide a sense of safety and support while under the influence of the drug.
If you intend to microdose, it's advisable to try them on a non-workday, such as weekends, to ensure that you have the time and space to monitor the effects and adjust your dosage as needed. Microdosing can have varying effects on different people, and it's best to explore this when you have the time and flexibility to do so.
Once you find your ideal dose, some microdosers prefer to use a pill press to make the mushrooms into capsules, this ensures a consistent dose that can be taken daily, similar to a supplement. Microdosers can also brew the mushrooms into tea, eat them fresh or dried, or mix them into other foods and beverages. This allows for flexibility in consumption methods that can suit individual preferences.
Golden Teacher Mushroom Strain Review
Not too long ago, we brought Gold Caps to our lineup. Gold Caps or Golden Teachers are an insanely sought-after strain, believed by many to feel enlightening, soothing, and spiritual. In the mushroom world, they’re one of the most popular strains thanks to their moderate potency and their balanced mix of effects.
But like everything else we bring to our gift menu, we always sample. We had the pleasure of kicking back with a light dose of around 1-2 grams. As usual, we put our feet up and waited for them to kick in. They kicked in pretty quickly with a very gentle body high at first that faded into gentle cerebral effects that felt warm, welcoming, and uplifting.
While we took a light dose, the effects were still potent for about 3 hours before we began to come down. Throughout the trip, we took note of feeling tingly and invigorated but also deeply relaxed, euphoric, and giggly. The trip that golden teachers take you on is one of personal inspiration. For us, it made for pleasant conversation and laughter alongside positivity and introspection.
Just keep in mind that, again, every trip is different. Nothing in this article is intended to be used as medical advice or scientific evidence.
Where to Buy Gold Cap Mushrooms
Ready to try Golden Teachers for yourself? You’re in luck. You can get them for free directly from our store by purchasing one of our stickers. Flower Avenue is Washington DC’s number one provider of safely sourced magic mushrooms. Tested and fully vetted for quality, our Gold Cap shrooms are the best in DC. You can count on us for responsible delivery and sourcing in compliance with Initiatives 71 and 81. Get in touch today for pickup or delivery.