Studying psilocybe spores and mushrooms in the wild provides a unique opportunity to investigate the spread of these organisms unhindered by human culture in their natural environment. To adequately study psilocybin spores and mushrooms, it is important to observe and document the environment where they are located. It is important to take notice of conditions including sunlight, temperature, wind, rain, humidity, and soil composition, as they can provide clues to the ideal habitats where the mushrooms and spores exist and thrive.
An experienced mycologist may be able to identify the mushrooms and spores through visual observation and analysis, but a microscope may also be used for more detailed analysis. Once determined, a thorough collection of specimens should be documented and observed for possible further study.
The collected specimens can then be examined for possible presence of psilocybin and other psychoactive compounds. This is most effectively done with laboratory analysis, but in the field, it is possible to ascertain the presence of psilocybin through subtle color changes and physical textures of the mushroom spores and fruiting bodies. In order to fully understand the implications of the samples that were collected, more research should be done. It is worth noting that the presence of psilocybin does not always indicate the existence of psychoactive effects.
Finally, the collected psilocybin specimens should be documented thoroughly, including photographs, description and cataloging of the location and conditions where they were found. This is an important progress in understanding the environment in which these organisms flourish, and future monitoring and research efforts. With thorough observation and cataloging, anyone can experience the beauty of studying psilocybe spores and mushrooms in the wild.