Penis Envy is one of the most popular strains of cubensis on the market today. It’s loved for its alleged “high potency” as a super shroom.
These shrooms are named after their “penis-like appearance. The cap remains close to the stem, which makes these mushrooms look a lot like a circumcised penis. They produce dense fruits that don’t shrink much when dried.
Cultivation of this strain is easy, but perpetuating the stock can be difficult as many caps produce little to no spores, and in some cases, the spores are sterile.
Occasionally, penis envy will produce a thick flush of albino fruits. If you like growing albino shrooms, a few rounds of isolation on agar can reliably produce albino inoculant.
The infamous “Roger Rabbit” (a Shroomery user and respected mushroom expert) is famous for saying, “Cubes are cubes, with the exception of Penis Envy.”
Penis Envy was likely discovered in Colombia by Terrance McKenna and his brother Dennis in the early 1970s. This strain is thought to be part of the mushroom stock the brother’s collected on their trip to the Amazon in search of psychoactive mushrooms.
Some believe it was part of the McKenna’s stock, but the Penis Envy strain we know today was isolated via the work of Steven Pollock after receiving a sample of the spores from the McKenna’s.
Penis Envy was popularized by Hamilton Morris in a documentary on Vice and has since reached legendary status alongside other members such as golden teachers and Cambodian cubensis.