Thank you good sir! This is exactly the type of honest feedback I was looking for. There definitely seems to be two camps on this issue, have you grown any of the apparently 'extra potent' strains like PE?
I have grown PEU recently, but haven't had the chance to test.
What I can say is that they fruit very slowly, which, according to accepted thoughts right now, results in more actives. They also blue more heavily than any other species I have worked with, even with being extra careful not to handle them too much.
PE was bred and inbred over and over, so a strain isolated for specifically for mutations could very well have a gene that makes for more actives production as well. Maybe they blue more bc of more psilocin compared to the average cube, which accounts for people consistently agreeing they're stronger than the usual cube.
This is all speculation of course.
I think what I am getting to is that some strains have been worked on and refined so much that they might have accidentally bred out certain Gene's related to potency. Or mutated strains like PE dont have the gene for regulating the amount of actives, so they produce more.
The more I read about genetics and variance in cubensis the more I am interested.
I mean, look what we did with dogs and wolves. They are 100% the same species, but the variance in how their genes are Expressed is so great the range of its strains or breeds is enormous. They look, act, and behave completely differently, while still being the same species.
This stuff is so interesting to me.