Menace Spores

Menace spores sold for the purposes of microscopic study. Each syringe is prepared in front of a laminar flow hood under strict laboratory conditions. Spores legally produced in Jamaica.

What does your order contain:

BD™ Safety-Lok™ syringe containing Menace spores suspended in either 3ml or 10ml of distilled and sterilised H2O
18g x 1.5inch BD™ microlance needle
70% isopropyl alcohol swab

Legal Disclaimer

It is illegal to cultivate these spores in the UK. If you make it known that you intend to use this item for cultivation you will be banned from the website and subsequent purchases will be cancelled. You must be 18 years of age to purchase this item.

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Description

The spores which eventually produced the Menace Strain were discovered in Texas by a user of the Shroomery website named  “Lostfreddy”. 

Another Shroomery user named “P. Menace” is the person responsible for the variant named Menace   The first batch looked nothing like the Menace variety we know today. After extensive work, “P. Menace” was able to stabilize a much larger  isolation than he originally worked with. The result is the Menace Strain we know today.

The Menace Strain has a unique characteristic which displays itself in later flushes; the caps get very wavy in a pattern not unlike some hubcaps. This is a rare phenotype that doesn’t present itself often, but it does happen on occasion.

Genus: Psilocybe
Species: Cubensis
Variety: Menace
Spores: Dark purplish brown, subellipsoid, 13 by 8 micrometres on 4-spored basidia
Habitat: Bovine, Equine Dung and Enriched Soils
Climate: Subtropical
Cap: 50+ mm in diameter, hemispheric to convex expanding to broadly convex to nearly plane with age. Dark red maturing to golden brown. Surface viscid with apparent gelatinous layer when very wet, soon smooth from drying. Fine fibrillose veil remnants when young that soon disappear. Flesh white soon bruises bluish green.
Stem: 150-200+ mm in length. Typically equal, sometimes slightly enlarged at base, sometimes contorted. Yellowish to buff with a reflective sheen, bruising bluish, hollow. Partial veil membranous leaving a persistent membranous annulus that is well dusted with purplish brown spores even before tearing away from the cap.
Gills: Attachment adnate to adnexed. Grayish coloration in young fruit bodies becoming nearly black in maturity.

How do I store Menace spores?

Spores should be stored in a cool, dark and dry environment. You can also store spores in the fridge (just make sure the syringe is in a clean zip-lock bag such as the packaging the spores are sent in).

Can I freeze my Menace spore syringe?

DO NOT allow spores to freeze. This is not as you would rightly be guessing that it is a bummer to have to wait for your syringe to defrost before being able to view the spores under the microscope. The issue is that the spore cells will burst as the water expands on freezing.

How long can I keep my Menace spores before using?

Spore syringes should be ideally used as soon as possible. If stored correctly the spores will be fine for 6 months. The longer you leave the spore syringe the more chance of contamination being present when viewing under the microscope.

Can I reuse my Menace spore syringe if I have some spore solution left?

Yes! The best thing to do is leave the needle on and flame sterilise before storing with the needle cover put back on. DO NOT remove the needle to put the syringe cap back on as this will allow an opportunity for contamination to occur. When you come to use your spore syringe again please flame sterilise again before pushing a small amount of the spore solution out of the needle. You are now able to carry on your microscopic studies.

How do I get my Menace spore syringe ready for the microscope?

The aim of the game when viewing spores under the microscope is cleanliness. This means 1) you need to be as clean as possible, 2) your environment needs to be as clean as possible and 3) your equipment needs to be as clean as possible.

For you to be as clean as possible have a shower, wear clean clothes, and give your hands a good clean with 70% isopropyl aclohol (or where sterile gloves).

To work in a clean environment ideally you will be using a Still Air Box (you can see how to make one here) or a flow hood. If you do not have access to these then the next best thing is to work in a clean and draft free room. We are trying to eliminate as much as possible the chance of something landing on your slide other than your selected spores.

Give your equipment a good clean with 70% isopropyl alcohol as well. At this point we are ready to re-clean our hands with the alcohol wipe, remove the syringe cap and attach the supplied sterile needle ready for use.

How do I view my Menace spores under the microscope?

Please see instructions below.

Can I purchase Menace spores in print form?

Yes you can purchase this here.

What is the most popular strain of Psilocybe Cubensis?

The most popular strain of Psilocybe Cubensis is the Golden Teacher.

Legal Information

It is currently illegal to cultivate Psilocybe Cubensis spores in the UK and many parts of the world. To learn more about the legality of Psilocybe Cubensis spore syringes please read Are Spore Syringes Legal?.

Instructions

We recommend viewing mushroom spores at a minimum of x400 magnification using a microscope. Learn more about the process of viewing spores under a microscope by reading this abbreviated excerpt, taken from the book “Fascinated by Fungi”, written by Pat O’Reilly. The book can be purchased from Amazon.

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