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Psilocybin is a phosphorylated form of the psilocin alkaloid and occurs naturally alongside it in the psilocybe genus of mushrooms. When ingested it is metabolised into psilocin (the active metabolite) and it is therefore psilocin's prodrug. As a result of the phosphate replacing the hydroxyl group, psilocybin is more stable than psilocin and can be stored for longer without degradation.

Chemical compound
Psilocybin
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Nomenclature & Identifiers
Systematic name Psilocybin
Properties
Hazards
Related compounds


Pill-symbol Drug properties
Drug class Hallucinogen.
Pharmacokinetics
Active metabolites Psilocin.
Other considerations
Dependency potential Low
Pregnancy category C (estimate, LSD)
Legal status Class A (UK), Schedule I (US).


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