Norpsilocin is Discovered

German researchers identify norpsilocin, a new natural product of Psilocybe cubensis that originates from baeocystin.

September 2017

Researchers at Universität Jena, Germany are the first to identify norpsilocin as a natural product of the magic mushroom Psilocybe cubensis using 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy and high-resolution mass spectroscopy. The research team, which included Dr. Dirk Hoffmeister, hypothesized that norpsilocin is the “natural psychotropic agent” liberated from baeocystin. In addition, the research team presented a new extraction method that prevents dephosphorylation and “helps reflect the naturally occurring metabolic profile of Psilocybe mushrooms.”