Everything You Need to Know About Enigma Cubensis

Enigma cubensis may appear otherworldly, but it’s not a new mushroom species. Rather, it’s a mutation or a series of mutations in the Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms. This intriguing mutation, humorously dubbed the “blob mutation,” gives rise to a growth pattern reminiscent of intricate coral formations or even brain-like structures.

Unlike many other P. cubensis mushrooms, Enigma blobs may take a month or more to be ready for harvest, in contrast to the few days required for many other mushroom strains. While this magic mushroom variety is recognized for its potent psychoactive effects, even mycologists struggle to categorize mushroom strains and predict their effects. This adds another layer of mystery to the already enigmatic realm of psilocybin mushrooms.

What is Enigma Mushroom?

Simply put Enigma mushrooms are a mutated version of the well-loved Psilocybe cubensis magic mushroom. Enigma is thought to be a unique mutation resulting from the ‘Tidalwave’ cubensis strain, which was created by crossing the B+ and Penis Envy strains. Technically, it’s not a ‘strain’ but rather the outcome of crossbreeding two mushroom types that wouldn’t naturally reproduce. The peculiar “blob mutation” they exhibit results in an unconventional growth pattern.

Due to this mutation, Enigma mushrooms cannot produce spores, rendering them sterile—similar to the breeding of a horse and a donkey, resulting in a mule. This characteristic makes the Enigma mushroom a single-generation species, reproducing solely through cloning, a process facilitated by human intervention. Because of this, Enigma was available only to closed groups of mycologists and growers until recently. Now, Enigma liquid cultures can be found in multiple different online shops.

Enigma Potency

Some claim that Enigma mushrooms are more potent than other strains of P. cubensis, including the well-known Penis Envy mushroom. However, the reality is not so simple. Like any psychedelic mushroom, potency is influenced by various factors, including growing conditions and the external environment.

Three different Enigma mushrooms were recognized in the most recent Oakland Hyphae Cup Report, which reviews and analyzes lab-tested mushroom strains. Enigma B, for example, has a potency of 9.3 milligrams of psilocybin per gram. Enigma Tony, on the other hand, contains 8.4 mg of psilocybin per gram. The third Enigma strain, Enigma Revert, contained only 1.8 milligrams of psilocybin per gram, demonstrating the significant impact of environmental and growth conditions on potency.

Online mushroom forums and discussions are filled with debates about the relative potency of the Enigma mutation. Nonetheless, it is important to take caution when investigating a new strain of magic mushroom, especially one with such a broad spectrum of psychedelic strength.

Psychedelic Effects of Enigma

The trip effects of Enigma mushrooms are essentially similar to those of any other P. cubensis. From a scientific perspective, the main active alkaloids of magic mushrooms are Psilocybin, Psilocin, and Baeocystin, with Psilocybin being the one that causes the well-known psychedelic effects. This means that regardless of the “strain” the effects will be similar in nature. However, there’s still a great debate as some claim that different strains result in qualitatively distinct trips, while others state that a cube is a cube that can only have a different potency.

Typically, an Enigma trip, like other psilocybin experiences, involves a combination of altered mood, perception, and thought patterns. People who are not familiar with magic mushrooms usually associate the trip solely with visual hallucinations, although it’s far from it. While hallucinations are present, the level and depth of perceptual changes depend on the dose. Smaller doses may cause changed mood and thought patterns without causing major hallucinations, however, greater doses may cause things to appear unusual, with hallucinations becoming more pronounced only at extremely high doses where it’s possible to experience ego death, a mysterious occurrence that connects all psychedelics.

While the hallucinogenic properties of magic mushrooms may be fun for inexperienced users, psychonauts tend to focus more on mood alteration and profound changes in thought patterns, often leading to meaningful insights, even life-changing ones. Mood changes include feelings of euphoria and connectedness to the universe, although they can also be exhibited in the form of anxiety or paranoia. For this reason, having a positive mental state, along with a safe and comfortable setting is essential for a safe and enjoyable trip.

Enigma Dosage Chart

Micro 0.25 gram
Low 0.25 – 0.5 gram
Medium 0.5g – 2 gram
Strong 2.5 – 4 gram
Heroic 4+ gram

Growing Enigma Cubensis Mushrooms

Cultivating Enigma is relatively straightforward, but success isn’t guaranteed. This particular variety grows much like any other cubensis type, but some growers find it to be a bit more challenging compared to standard gold caps. For the substrate, you can use CVG (coco coir, vermiculite, and gypsum) combined with cow manure, various grain types, or compost.

The mycelium colonization is rapid and vigorous, and pinning initiates shortly after Fresh Air Exchange (FAE) is introduced. Pinning marks the end of cultivation similarities to regular P. cubensis, as what emerges from the substrate doesn’t resemble regular magic mushrooms at all. Capless mushroom pins burst forth in clusters, forming larger blobs. The most important piece of equipment for growing Enigma cubes is patience. While the mycelium colonization is fast, these mushrooms exhibit a slow growth pattern compared to other P. cubensis. From here, growth slows significantly, taking up to six weeks for harvest.

Apart from that, the key advice for Enigma cultivation is maintaining high humidity during fruiting. Fresh Air Exchange is important, however, it shouldn’t be overdone as the humidity of around 90% is essential for the successful cultivation of Enigma Cubensis.

Due to the extended fruiting period and necessary exposure to high humidity, Enigma mycelium is prone to contamination over time. Thus it’s important to maintain cleanliness throughout all cultivation phases. Starting with a clean and well-pasteurized substrate is a must, also resist the temptation to open the fruiting chamber frequently, 2-5 times per day will do the trick.

How To Grow Enigma – Step by Step

There are various methods of growing Enigma mushrooms, but for the sake of this article, we will focus on the grain bag method.

    • Inoculate a grain bag with 3-5cc of Enigma liquid culture or with a segment of colonized agar.

    • Place the inoculated grain bag in a dry area for colonization, ensuring a substrate temperature of 84-86°F (29 – 30°C). The colonizing mycelium generates its own heat, so keep an ambient room temperature slightly below the recommended range.

    • Once fully colonized, prepare the tin container and start layering the substrate and colonized grain, beginning and ending with a substrate layer.

    • Set aside for re-colonization (10-14 days).

    • Prepare the lid by drilling holes for air exchange optionally covering them with micro-pore tape.

    • Replace the lid and position the tin into fruiting conditions. Lower the ambient temperatures to reduce the substrate temperatures to 74-78°F (23.5 – 25.5°C).

    • Mist the inside of the chamber lid when necessary, and ensure the relative humidity stays at levels of 90-95% during fruiting.

    • Harvest when ready.

How to Harvest Enigma

As time goes by, the formations grow larger, resembling brains more and more. According to Shroomery forum, enigma is ready for harvesting after it starts to develop a blue discoloration in specific areas losing its firmness and becoming softer. These are all signals that your mushrooms are ready to be harvested.

When harvesting, handle them with extra care making sure not to damage the fruiting bodies. Avoid pulling the out as it can harm the substrate. Instead, use a knife to cut the connecting shoots between the fruiting body and the mycelium and gently pull them off. Unlike regular mushrooms, removing the substrate from the base of the fruit is a bit trickier, but with some patience, it’s possible to scrape away almost all of the substrate.

Growing Parameters

Substrate Grain, Compost,
Pasteurized Manure and Straw
Colonization
Temperature
84 – 86°F (29 – 30°C)
Fruiting Temperature 74 – 78°F (23.5 – 25.5°C)
Humidity Colonization: 100% Fruiting: 90%

Preserving Enigma Mushrooms

The Enigma mushrooms dry up quite quickly and easily. The majority of the smaller fruit pieces become totally dry and suitable for long-term storage in around twelve to twenty-four hours at 95°F. Breaking down larger fruit bodies into smaller bits speeds up the drying process. When the chunks are cracker-dry, they can be wrapped in a vacuum bag with food-grade desiccant gel packs for longer storage. However, there are a few alternative methods of preserving Enigma:

Storing in Honey

Grind your dried enigma mushrooms into a fine powder and blend it with pure honey. Over time, the mushrooms will infuse into the honey, altering its color and transferring its psychedelic properties. With honey’s high sugar-to-water ratio, it acts as a natural preservative, safeguarding anything stored within from bacterial growth. If you opt for this method, store your magic mushroom honey in a dark and dry space for up to four months.

Storing in Capsules

This is a great method of storing especially for people who are microdosing. Simply grind your Enigma mushrooms into a fine powder and pack them tight into gel capsules. However, it’s important to note that once ground, their potency may diminish more rapidly when exposed to air and light. For this reason, it’s necessary to keep your capsules in a cool and dark place, preferably in an airtight container.

Final Word

Enigma mushrooms stand out as intriguing additions to the magical mushroom world. Their unusual traits and growth patterns have long piqued the interest of mycologists, cultivators, and psychedelic enthusiasts.

While acquiring these mushrooms may be difficult, identifying Enigma is surprisingly simple. It distinguishes itself within the P. cubensis family by being one of the few types that can be identified with the naked eye, promising an experience that is equally, if not more, potent.

Beyond the rumored potency of Enigma, it’s the marvelously unusual appearance of this genetic abnormality that has gained favor within the mushroom community. Whatever one’s feelings are concerning these brain-like formations, everyone agrees that the Enigma is unlike anything else in its psychedelic category.

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