Strain Highlight: PES Hawaiian

Strain Highlight: Psilocybe cubensis 'PES Hawaiian'

The Psilocybe cubensis 'PES Hawaiian' strain, despite its tropical name, is not from Hawaii but is a prolific fruiter and a powerful variety of the psilocybin-containing fungi. Noted for its unique characteristics and robust growth, the PES Hawaiian strain is a choice pick for cultivators and psychonauts.

History and Origins

Contrary to what its name suggests, the PES Hawaiian strain does not originate from Hawaii. Instead, it gets its name from the Pacific Exotica Spora (PES), a Hawaiian company that first brought this strain to market. The exact origins of the strain are somewhat unknown, but it is a widely cultivated and well-loved variety.

Physical Characteristics

PES Hawaiian mushrooms often produce large, robust fruiting bodies. The cap is generally broad and flat, often showing a pronounced umbo (a central bump), with a color gradient transitioning from a caramel or golden brown in the center to a lighter shade towards the edges.

The gills underneath the cap start as a light gray in young mushrooms and turn to a dark purplish-black as the mushroom matures and the spores develop. The strain produces a dark purple-brown spore print, typical of Psilocybe cubensis.

The stem is thick and sturdy, usually displaying a white to off-white color, and like other psilocybin mushrooms, it exhibits a bluish bruising reaction when damaged.


The PES Hawaiian strain is favored by cultivators for its robust growth, ability to colonize various substrates efficiently, and substantial yield potential. It thrives on a variety of substrates including grain, manure, straw, and coir-based mixtures. The strain is known to produce large flushes of big, healthy mushrooms, making it an attractive choice for cultivation.


The primary active compounds in the PES Hawaiian, like other Psilocybe cubensis strains, are psilocybin and psilocin. These compounds can induce a variety of effects, including visual and auditory hallucinations, shifts in perception of time, profound emotional introspection, and occasionally spiritual experiences.

Users often report that the PES Hawaiian strain provides a well-rounded psychedelic experience characterized by a balanced interplay of visual, auditory, and sensory enhancements. The journey often starts with a feeling of anticipation and physical sensitivity, progressing to a state of introspection and connectivity.


The usual dosage for dried PES Hawaiian mushrooms ranges from 1-2.5 grams for beginners, 2.5-5 grams for intermediate users, and 5 grams or more for experienced psychonauts. As with all psychedelics, it's advisable to start with a lower dose and adjust in subsequent experiences, keeping in mind individual sensitivity and comfort level.

Final Thoughts

The Psilocybe cubensis 'PES Hawaiian' strain is appreciated for its unique features, robust growth, and powerful effects. Its high-yield potential makes it an appealing choice for cultivators, while its potent effects are much appreciated by psychonauts.

Please remember that cultivation and possession of Psilocybe cubensis, including the PES Hawaiian strain, may be illegal in some regions. Always familiarize yourself with local laws before cultivating or consuming these mushrooms. Safety and respect for these potent substances should always be paramount, and set (mindset) and setting (environment) should be carefully considered when planning a psychedelic journey.
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