I’m sure you have heard of or tried psilocybin aka shrooms, magic mushrooms. Now, there is another mushroom that can give you hallucinations too, legally.
It is likely that you have seen this new fungus trending on social media platforms, on our @PassinGass instagram(s) stories, and now our Pg Organix menu.
Say hello to Amanita muscaria mushrooms. The fly agaric is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, and is one of the most recognizable and widely encountered in popular culture, including in video games.
Think real-life Mario vibes or the houses in The Smurfs.
What is Amanita Muscaria?
All Amanita muscaria varieties, but in particular A. muscaria var. muscaria, are noted for their hallucinogenic properties, with the main psychoactive constituents being muscimol and its neurotoxic precursor ibotenic acid.
Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric is a very poisonous mushroom that is commonly found in continental and northern Europe and the UK usually between the months of July and October. Futhermore, it’s also been found in North America, Central Asia, South Africa and Brazil. One could label it a “cosmopolitan” mushroom.
You would definitley notice it if you can upon it. The amanita muscaria has been described as “one of the most remarkable and beautiful mushrooms” with its red cap standing out brightly among the dirt. It’s a fairly large and hard to miss mushroom, usually measuring around five to 20 centimetres wide.
Is it Poisonous?
Yes, like we mentioned above the Amanita muscaria is technically poisonous.
Fatalities from eating it are extremely rare, but they can still happen, even with the miracle of modern medicine.
The North American Mycological Society states that “In humans, are no reliably documented cases of death from toxins in these mushrooms in the past 100 years”(Psychedelicspotlight).
Obviously, it’s best to be careful. There are still negative effects that can happen if you eat it. If A. muscaria are eaten raw, usually symptoms of toxicity will appear within 30 minutes to two hours after ingestion:
- Nausea, vomiting, and the works are to be expected. Most effects happen to the central nervous system. People often experience convulsions, confusions, visual distortions, and more.
Will I Get High?
Ah, the question and answer you’ve been waiting for.
Yes! A. muscaria can get you high. But, this is different than the typical “magic mushroom” you are thinking of.
The psychoactive ingredient in Amanita muscariais called muscimol and ibotenic acid. Muscimol offers a very different high compared to psilocybin. It can be described as having a sedative, depressant and/or deliriant effect.
Think a more relaxed high and trip.
Effects will usually start to come on 30 to 90 minutes after ingestion and people have reported having strong visions and/or religious insights. These often occur once the user has fallen asleep, and they see these visions and get lessons in their dreams.
Another frequent part of the Amanita muscaria trip is the looping sensation. This means users report doing things on repeat. Perhaps this is a result of the deliriant nature of the mushroom, where people are sometimes unable to tell if things are real or not.
Experiences with Amanita muscaria vary widely. Some users report nothing at all, while others have major trips that leave them with loads of new questions the next morning. Some report euphoria, while others feel sick and scared. It’s generally considered to be unpredictable for each user.
Effects can last anywhere from 4 to 10 hours. Start with a low dose.
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