Where to Buy The Texas Strain Spores .If you live in the United States, you’ll have a few options for picking up these genetics. California mushroom is one of the best vendors that currently carry it. You can also check out denvermagicmushroomdispensary.com, californiamushroomsforsale.com and Free Spores.
Residents of Canada can buy Texas shroom spores from californiamushroomsforsale.com.Unfortunately, those living in Europe might not be able to get their hands on this Strain easily. You can check The Magic Mushroom Shop, Viking Spores, or Kosmic Kitchen, although none of these vendors carry these genetics at the time of writing.
How to Grow Texas Shrooms
Texas shrooms colonize at about an average pace, so you need to be extra careful not to contaminate your substrate during inoculation. This Strain isn’t particularly resilient when it comes to mold and disease.
You also need to take care to minimize light in your fruiting chamber, as too much will cause pin aborts.
The Texas strain is also known to fruit in minimal-light conditions and even in no-light conditions.
It’s also worth noting that this Strain produces small fruiting bodies, but they’re super dense. Don’t get discouraged when you go to harvest, as the shrooms will barely shrink as they dehydrate, and they’ll end up looking larger than most.
You can read our complete guide on magic mushroom cultivation for more information on the specifics of growing Texas shrooms.
Since the Texas strain isn’t all that popular, you might find some difficulty finding the original genetics. If that’s the case, or if you enjoy growing or consuming Texas shrooms and want something similar, the below strains are good alternatives.
Penis Envy #6
Penis Envy #6 is a hybridization of the Texas strain mixed with the Penis Envy strain. Since the latter is known for an extremely high potency — often clocking in well at nearly double the average of other cubes — this variation is also a heavy hitter. This is also a faster colonizer than the traditional Penis Envy strain, making it an easier one to cultivate.
Although not a variation, many people believe that the F+ Strain is related to the Texas Strain. It hails from Florida, but the shrooms are small and dense like those of the Texas variety. Both strains also don’t do well with light when fruiting. It’s quite possible that these strains share a common ancestor growing somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Menace strain comes from Houston, Texas, so it’s likely that it is closely related to the Texas strain. Named after Shroomery user P.Menace, who discovered it.
Menace has a high potency like the Texas strain, although it’s a bit easier to cultivate since it’s less sensitive to light during fruiting.
Acadian Coast Shrooms
The Acadian Coast strain has a nebulous history, but it’s commonly believed to have been harvested on the coast of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. In addition to its relative proximity to the Texas strain’s origin, this is another strain that provides some difficulty for cultivators, so it’s a good option if you’re looking for a challenge.
Since Texas shrooms have an above-average potency, those who enjoy consuming them will likely also find the intensity of the Penis Envy strain desirable. This is far and away the most potent Psilocybe cubensis strain, making it one step up from the Texas strain.
The Fatass strain is best known for — and named after — the short, bulky fruiting bodies it produces. They’re super dense, which means they won’t shrink much after drying, much like Texas shrooms. Be prepared for a challenge when cultivating these, which is another characteristic they share with the Texas strain.
The Tidal Wave strain will be a great alternative for potency seekers who enjoy the intensity of Texas shrooms. This Strain is a cross between Penis Envy and the B+ Strain. It provides a similar challenge to Texas shrooms when it comes to cultivation, and it has a similar potency.
Strains vs. Species: What’s The Difference?
Magic mushroom enthusiasts use the term “strain” to differentiate between mushrooms within a species that present unique traits. These traits can include physical characteristics or psilocybin and psilocin content.
The term “species” refers to a group of genetically-related organisms that can reproduce. Two samples of separate species cannot reproduce.
It might help to think of cannabis to understand the strain terminology, as there are hundreds of weed strains, but they all are genetically identical and belong to the genus and species Cannabis sativa.
Similarly, there are over 100 individual species of psychedelic fungi, but the vast majority of mushroom “strains” refer to sub-varieties of the Psilocybe cubensis family.
Final Thoughts: Texas Shrooms
About everything that is known about Texas shrooms is said right in the name: the Strain was originally collected somewhere in Texas. Despite its lack of recorded history, there are several variations of this Strain — including a strain with yellow caps and one with orange caps — and it’s well-known in the magic mushroom community for its above-average potency.
If you’re interested in cultivating Texas shrooms, be prepared for a challenge. It doesn’t colonize very quickly, and it’s super sensitive to light. Some good alternative strains for growers and users include the Acadian Coast, Penis Envy, Fatass, and Tidal Wave strains.