Hillbilly mushrooms are a cultivated variety of magic mushrooms—a variation of the Psilocybe cubensis fungus. P. cubensis is the most common species of magic mushrooms, known for its unfussy growing habits and fun, gentle trips. Like with many magic mushroom varieties, interest in the stout-stemmed Hillbilly has waxed and waned over the past two decades—although it enjoyed a distinct moment in the limelight after winning the Hyphae Cup microdose category in Spring 2022. These are super rare Hillbilly Pumpkin Mushrooms, that are the genotype of Hillbilly crossed with commonly known pumpkin. As you can see the shroom itself resembles the holiday classic fruit. The Shroom is even said to have a faint pumpkin flavor, but identical psychoactive effects to Hillbilly Psliocybe Cubensis. Their look and size cater to the overall novelty of a miniature pumpkin, that is seriously trippy.
Effects And Dosage
Like other P. cubensis varieties, Hillbilly mushrooms contain the psychoactive compounds psilocin and psilocybin and, with a sufficient dose, will produce psychotropic effects.
Hillbilly Mushrooms Effects
Users tend to detail a Hillbilly mushroom trip with soft descriptors and pro-social language: euphoric, friendly, giggly, and gentle. Because tripping with Hillbillies is associated with more laughter and fewer difficult experiences, they’re often seen as a good magic mushroom for less experienced psychonauts.
And while some users find Hillbilly to be a visual strain, that’s not necessarily what to expect, says Chong. “The mushroom is not there to offer you extreme visuals or audio hallucinations. It is there to help,” she says. Set and setting, along with the user’s particular brain chemistry, influence the direction of a trip. “The mushroom,” Chong says, “is just the key to open that door.”
A Hillbilly mushroom trip, according to Chong, gently coaxes the user into greater awareness with its friendly, laid-back vibe. “It says, ‘We’re gonna see some things, but it’s not gonna be too bad. You know? I’m your friend.’”
In the lab, however, Jacobs hasn’t seen specific qualities in Hillbillies’ chemical profile to set them apart dramatically from other cubensis strains and varieties. This underscores that research into the relationship between mushroom strain or variety and the user’s experience remains largely anecdotal.