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P. Cubensis may be the most popular hallucinogenic mushroom in the world. It’s what’s usually meant by phrases like “magic mushrooms” and “shrooms,” and its pale brown caps and webby partial veil grace much trip-inspired art. There are other active mushrooms—dozens of other Psilocybes, plus some Amanitas (these contain muscimol, rather than psilocybin, and therefore produce very different effects)–but P. cubensis grows wild almost worldwide and has been developed into many cultivated strains. One of these strains is Cambodian[i], which is, indeed, from Cambodia. Reportedly it was a natural variation discovered growing wild near the famous Angkor Wat, collected, and then cultivated. It is known for its rapid colonization and growth as well as its energetic, creative high.
Whether this or any other P. cubensis strain actually produces a high distinct from all the other strains. Certainly, potency varies, but at an equivalent dose, would the effects really be different? The short answer is yes because the biochemistry and current mental state of the user also play a role. But can a user choose their trip by selecting the right strain? Some users say of course not; a cube is a cube. Others say strain choice makes a difference—and many of them say their favorite strain is Cambodian. Psilocybe mushrooms in general are relatively safe but not totally risk-free. The most common side-effect is nausea. Anxiety can be a problem and is part of the reason it’s a good idea to have a sober friend on hand to provide reassurance if needed (the other reason is that a sober friend can handle any practical issues that may come up during the trip). More serious side effects are rare but possible. Of course, the most serious risk may be legal, since psilocybin, or anything containing psilocybin, is illegal in most jurisdictions. Would-be users should make themselves aware of current laws in their area. Going to prison is a bad trip.
Cambodian is often spoken of as a very potent strain, but its high is relatively mellow, with only slight visuals and not much body buzz—it does have a lot of energy (users may find themselves suddenly inspired to clean the whole house, in addition to more creative forms of inspiration) and the effects last a very long time.
It’s possible to calculate a rough estimate[iii] for P. cubensis dosage from the user’s weight, the condition of the mushroom (fresh or dried), and the kind of experience the user is looking for (intense, mild, microdose, and so forth). Since Cambodian is reported to be on the more potent side, its doses would be slightly smaller than the calculated estimate. But the result is still just a starting point. Even with a strain, potency can vary, and not everybody has the same biochemical sensitivity to psilocybin, either. Some degree of trial-and-error is a good idea, especially with microdosing, where small differences could have important results.
With that being said, if you want to try and find a dose that works for you, check out our general magic mushroom dosage guide. You can also try out our magic mushroom dosage calculator where you can choose between six dosage levels, including microdose and heroic dose. Popular methods of consumption for Cambodian Cubensis include Lemon Tek and Shroom Tea.
Cambodian[iv] is one of the fastest-growing strains available. Colonization time can be as short as seven days. The total time from inoculation to harvest can be as little as 25 days.
Like most (not all) strains, Cambodian does well on all the common substrate types, in all common growing methods—PF Tek, Monotub, Shotgun, or whatever else. Dung as substrates do produce larger mushrooms, while grain produces smaller but more numerous fruits. The unusual feature is that Cambodian likes heat, doing well, and perhaps even prefer, temperatures higher than most other P. cubensis strains will tolerate.