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Gold Teacher Mushroom  Fact

Golden Teachers are among the most ubiquitous of the so-called magic mushroom “strains.” They’ve been the most popular option among new and experienced growers alike for decades and remain a top choice to this day
What is it about the Golden Teachers that make this strain so popular? What’s the best way to grow this particular strain, and where can I find Golden Teacher spores?

What Are Golden Teacher Mushrooms?

Golden Teacher is a strain of the psychedelic mushroom species Psilocybe cubensis. They’re known for their “gentle” nature and are often considered the baseline for comparing the potency of various magic mushroom strains today
These psilocybin-containing mushrooms feature a distinct golden cap and form dense clusters of medium to large-sized mushrooms. They thrive in just about any substrate, are fast colonizers, and generally produce large yields over the course of 2–4 flushes
The original sample is thought to have been collected from the Gulf region of the United States in the late 70s (unconfirmed)
Golden Teachers are just one of several hundred strains being sold on the open market. However, the very existence of many strains is debated among mycology experts.
A strain is essentially a distinct cultivar various growers have created through selective breeding. In order to qualify as a strain, the sample must have measurable and repeatable traits or characteristics between generations — such as differences in chemical makeup or growth patterns
Many experts argue that the majority of “strains” don’t technically qualify as strains at all and are merely marketing terms used to sell spores or grow kits. Some vendors will make up names for stock they’re trying to sell and associate seemingly random growth traits or effect profiles without justification
A true strain is made by either harvesting a phenotypically unique sample from the wild or through selective breeding. Selective breeding is what’s allowed growers to develop strains with larger caps, enhanced disease resistance, higher potency levels, or albino characteristics


Golden Teacher Specs: 

PotencyAbove AverageCultivationEasySpeciesPsilocybe cubensisSuggested SubstrateBrown Rice Flour + Vermiculite (BRF Tek)Cost$Sold ByRalphsters Spores, Sporeworks, Spores 101

Golden Teacher Variations & Genetic Relatives

Golden Teachers have been around for a long time and were the dominant strain on the market for decades. It’s very likely that many of the strains listed on the market today are either Golden Teachers rebranded as something else or are were selectively bred or crossed from Golden Teachers
The key characteristic of this strain is the gold-yellow caps. While we can’t be sure exactly which strains were derived from Golden Teachers, there are quite a few that share the gold-colored tops and have a high likelihood of being offshoots from this well-known mushroom.
Mushroom strains that feature golden caps: 
  • Alcabenzi
  • Golden Emporer
  • Guadalajara
  • Yeti

Where to Buy Golden Teacher Mushrooms

You can find Golden Teacher genetics from virtually all the major spore vendors in the United States, Canada, and Europe
It’s also easy to find these shrooms from local dry shroom vendors, which can be used to obtain spores to cultivate at home yourself.
If you’re interested in growing Golden Teachers, check out vendors like Spores 101 (Canada or US), Sporeslab (Canada only), or Magic Mushrooms Shop(Europe), or Viking Spore (UK-only)

How to Grow Golden Teacher Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are surprisingly easy to grow. You can get started yourself with equipment that’s probably already lying around your house or can be picked up at your local hardware shop or gardening center.
In order to get started, you’ll need to pick up some Golden Teacher spores or a magic mushroom grow kit that contains live GT mycelium
Golden Teachers are known for their ease of cultivation. They’re fairly contaminant-resistant, have fast colonization rates, and are less sensitive to underoptimized growing conditions. This could be because of the fact that this is a wild strain, as opposed to a strain selectively bred in captivity. 
You can grow Golden Teachers on any of the popular mushroom substrates, including rye grain, BRF tek, Uncle Ben’s tek, manure, wild bird seed, etc
This is one of the strains I recommend new growers start with because of their consistent and above-average potency, widespread availability, and relative ease of cultivation

Other Beginner Mushroom Species

Golden Teachers aren’t the only strains recommended for beginner growers. 
Generally speaking, a good beginner strain is any strain that’s easy to find, has fast colonization rates, is less prone to aborts, and is tolerant to underoptimized fruiting conditions
Some of the best beginner mushroom strains include: 
  • A Strain
  • Alcabenzi
  • Amazon
  • Argentina
  • Allen Strain
  • B+ Strain
  • Ban Hua Thanon
  • Bix Mex
  • Blue Meanies
  • Burma
  • Ban Nathon
  • Brazilian
  • Ban Thurian
  • Chilean
  • Cambodian
  • Colombian
  • Costa Rican
  • Creepers
  • Fiji Cube
  • Gulf Coast
  • Hanoi
  • Hawaiian
  • Honduran
  • Koh Samui
  • Mexicube
  • Menace
  • Mestizo
  • Malabar India
  • Mississippi
  • Mazatapec
  • Orissa India
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Pink Buffalo
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rican
  • R44 Cubensis
  • South American
  • Tasmanian
  • Thai
  • Transkei (South African)
  • Wollongong
  • Yosterizii

Golden Teacher FAQs


1. How Potent Are Golden Teachers?

Golden Teachers are considered above average in terms of potency, but there are certainly strains that are more potent (such as Penis Envy, B+, or Tidal Wave)
In the 2021 Psilocybin Cup, a sample of Golden Teachers submitted by PsillyBoys was recorded to have 0.79% psilocybin and 0.05% psilocin. Other samples were lower (0.52% and <0.01% psilocin). 

2. How Long Do Golden Teachers Take To Grow?

Golden Teachers are about average in terms of how fast they grow. With the right environmental conditions (temperatures between 22 and 27ºC and humidity levels over 80%), you can expect to go from spore to harvest within two months.

3. Where Do Golden Teachers Get Their Name?

The true origins of Golden Teacher are unknown, but the name is believed to be derived from their golden-colored caps. The psychedelic nature and history of magic mushroom use is likely the reason behind calling these mushrooms “teachers.”

4. How Do I Take Golden Teacher Mushrooms?

There’s no particular way of using Golden Teachers that is different from other mushrooms. You can eat the fresh or dried mushrooms as-is, prepare them into a tincture, make psilocybin-infused honey, chocolates, or capsules
Many people like to take dried mushrooms using the lemon tek method (faster absorption and improved flavor); others prefer to grind them into a powder and combine them with ingredients like L-theanine and caffeine to make DIY microdose capsules

5. What’s The Dose of Golden Teachers? 

Golden Teachers are often used as the baseline for comparing the dose of magic mushrooms. This means the standard dosage ranges for any Psilocybe cubensis will work for Golden Teachers: 
  • Microdose — 0.2–0.5 grams
  • Threshold Dose — 0.5–1 gram
  • Standard Psychoactive Dose — 2–3 grams
  • Heroic Dose — Over 5 grams
The optimal dose of magic mushrooms depends highly on the individual (genetic factors, metabolism, size, and weight), as well as other factors, including set and setting (mindset, company, current mood, and environment).
For a more detailed estimate according to your weight and desired experience, check out our handy magic mushroom dosage calculator.
It’s important to pay attention to the fundamentals of responsible psychedelic use before taking Golden Teachers or any other magic mushroom strains

6. Are Golden Teachers Legal?

Magic mushrooms are illegal in most countries, including the United Statesand Canada. However, in recent months, some municipalities have moved to decriminalize magic mushrooms and other natural psychedelics — such as the state of Oregon, Vancouver (Canada), and a handful of cities in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Michigan)
In these places, magic mushrooms are still listed as illegal, but offenses no longer qualify as a criminal charge — cultivation and possession in these places usually involve a fine or confiscation, rather than jail time or a criminal record
Magic mushroom spores, including Golden Teacher spores, are legal throughout the United States (with the exception of California, Georgia, and Idaho), as well as Canada and Europe.
In Canada and the Netherlands, you can also order mushroom grow kits that contain live mycelium


Final Thoughts: Golden Teacher Mushrooms

Most people who have consumed magic mushrooms today have encountered the term “Golden Teachers” or “Golden Caps.” This is one of the most common mushrooms on the open market, and for good reason — Golden Teachers are potent (but there are stronger strains), easy to grow, and are reportedly native to the United States
Some experts contest the existence of magic mushroom strains, and while it’s clear some companies are simply aking up names for mushroom genetics already in circulation, it’s hard to deny the existence of unique phenotypes of mushrooms as well.
Golden Teachers are characterized by their above-average psilocybin content, low psilocin content, and distinct golden-yellow tops

Golden Teacher Mushroom Facts

Fans of magic mushrooms agree that the Golden Teacher mushrooms, also known as a strain of Psilocybe cubensis, is the most popular psychedelic mushroom strain. This article will take a closer look at the infamous Golden Teacher mushrooms. By the end of this article, you will know everything there is to know about this psychedelic fungus.

Where do Golden Teacher mushrooms come from?

The Golden Teacher mushroom strain is among the most popular psychedelic fungi, highly sought by shroomers and growers alike. There are a lot of many things about the Golden Teacher shrooms which contribute to their popularity.

This strain of Psilocybe cubensis has an air of mystery and this is what makes this fungi so special.

Golden Teachers are fairly new and they first appeared during the 1980s. The exact origins are unknown but it is highly recognizable because of its golden caps with specks of yellow. Compared to most strains of Psilocybe cubensis, Golden Teachers have larger stems and caps; and a generally more elegant appearance.

How do Golden Teachers look like?

How do Golden Teachers look like

Golden Teacher shrooms have a fruiting body with a distinguishable, slightly curved cap, with a yellow or golden center. Overall, this shroom has a cap with an ashy red color and can reach up to 8cm in diameter. They have a hollow stipe which is thicker towards the base. They also have gills which vary from whitish to purple brown.

Golden Teacher dosage

Golden Teacher dosage

The recommended dose for dried Golden Teacher mushrooms is between 1gram and 2.5grams. For most experienced shroomers, this dose may be quite small but this allows a margin of error for novice shroomers who never ingested Golden Teachers before.

Tripping on Golden Teacher shrooms

Tripping on Golden Teacher shrooms

Those who are new to the world of psychedelics and shrooms can count on Golden Teachers for a reliable trip with lesser chances of having a bad trip. Hence, they are often a gateway shroom for magic mushroom newbies.

Golden teachers are also lauded for their spiritual and/or shamanic effects. Hence, this shroom isn’t just for casual tripping. It can also be used for gaining new insight about yourself and the universe.

It’s not uncommon for the Golden Teacher shrooms to produce a feeling of enlightenment and a deeper connection to nature. Spirit healers turn to Golden teacher shrooms as tools for restoring the mind and spirit.

Finally, Golden Teachers also produce hallucinogenic effects – a trait common among all magic mushrooms. Expect a visionary experience along with waves of universal energy surging through you with strong open and closed eye hallucinations.

The name “Golden Teacher” derives from the magic mushroom’s ability to teach by providing new psychedelic experiences and transcendence to the shroomers. There’s no education higher than unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

Golden Teacher trip report

Golden Teacher trip report

A mentally and physically healthy, 75 kilogram, 24-year old male tried tripping on Golden Teacher mushrooms. He hasn’t had Golden Teachers before but he does have experience with other magic mushrooms especially the Psilocybe tampanensis species.

The experience was preceded by a long day at work. He was physically tired and ready to just relax and unload his mind. He claimed when he touched the psychedelic shrooms, he already felt more in touch with the meaning of existence. A feeling of relaxation and homecoming washed over him.

And so he went on to get to know the Golden Teacher shrooms.

He ingested two dried caps, weighing approximately 1.5 grams, along with a dose of very tasteful and healthy herbal honey. For him, the process of chewing and swallowing the shrooms is like walking through a portal knowing that in just a few moments, his perception will be radically altered.

While waiting for the effects, he leaned back on his most comfortable chair and turned on the TV to watch an episode of South Parl. After twenty minutes, the effects started as a tingling sensation from the hands, arms, shoulders, and to the top of his head. The initial sensation is comfortable and sensual. The laidback feeling increases and his facial muscles relax as an intense and ecstatic surge pulsates throughout his body.

When he looked into the mirror, his physical appearance started to show the classical signs of magic mushroom ingestion: wide pupils, and flushed skin.

After lying on bed, the magic mushroom is able to take more control of his body. Upon closing his eyes, he hears a sound followed by another until the series of sounds become similar to wind chimes with different frequencies.

His body started to become weightless – the spirit has disconnected from the body. He has entered the dimensions where his thoughts, feelings, sounds, and the physical world are woven together into an increasingly bizarre landscape.

The next step was characterized by a surrender of control. Without any restrictions in his thoughts and emotions, his mind brought him to introspect about the various people in his life. As every person passed through his mind, he was able to become that person. He experienced the other person’s mental, emotional, and physical perspective.

After a while, the experience softened and he returned to his regular self. After another hour, he was able to sleep peacefully. When he woke up, he felt recharged, more energetic, and more emotionally stable!

Every person’s Golden Teacher mushroom trip experience but this trip report can be your benchmark if you ingest Golden Teacher shrooms with the right mindset and in the right environment.

Tripping on Golden Teachers guidelines

As psychedelics with the ability to heal the mind and spirit, Golden Teachers need to be treated with respect and refrain from abusing the power they possess. Always be responsible. Here are some useful tips when tripping on Golden teachers:

  • If you’re tripping for the first time, it’s best to have a trip sitter nearby. A trip sitter will remain sober and watch over you to help out in the event of an emergency.
  • Never exceed the recommended Golden Teacher dose.
  • Don’t mix Golden Teachers with weed or other substances even if you are an experienced tripper.
  • Have some Vitamin C nearby to help you recover from the effects in case your dose is stronger than intended.
  • Drink a lot of water after the trip to help flush the psilocybin out of your system and to be able to return to your day-to-day self much quicker.

Growing Golden Teachers

You don’t need to be an expert mushroom grower to cultivate Golden Teachers. All you need is a Golden Teacher mycelium kit from us.

Our mycelium kits are guaranteed to produce the best yields possible. There’s no need to soak these under water. All you need is to spray them with water every now and then. The growkit instructions are easy to follow and nothing can go wrong.

Grow Golden Teachers without any effort.


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