Humans and Psychedelics
Humans have always had an interest in all things mind altering, with a certain affinity to the psychedelic. While some people resist their allure, many can’t help but feel compelled to their mystery. However most psychedelic substances in the world are illegal, especially magic mushrooms of the Psilocybin variety.
Psilocybin mushrooms however are not the only variety of mushroom that produce psychotropic effects. Besides Psilocybin there is another mushroom known as Amanita Muscaria that produces psychedelic effect. This mushroom is also legal in almost every country in the world. Unlike the psilocybin variety these mushrooms do not contain a DMT like chemical, but produce a completely different chemical known as muscimol.
The Difference Between Psilocybin and Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms
These two chemicals are vastly different and produce very different hallucinogenic effects. Psilocybin affects serotonergic receptors in the brain.
While Amanitas also, known as fly agaric react on the GABA receptors of the brain.
Fly agaric mushrooms are also very unique in the fact that they have never been know to grow in captivity. These wood loving species are only found in the wild. For those who wish to partake in this substance know that there are many different varieties of these specific mushrooms, with huge vast difference in potency. Taking too much can be toxic. They are often taken as a tea.
Amanita Muscaria In Culture
Amanita Muscaria has had a heavy influence on pop culture; such as Alice in Wonderland. and Mario. In fact the reason Mario grows taller in the games is due to a homage to Amanita Muscaria, because for many people they produce effects that distort depth perception.
Amanitas has been used for millennium, and was written about in Ayurvedic literature. They are thought of by many to be the mystic drink known as Soma. Ancient humans would partake in this substance and because of it’s unique chemical profile, the psychedelic properties would be produced in a partakers urine which would then be passed around.
Amanita Muscaria Dosages
|Oral Amanita Muscaria Dosages|
Light 1 – 5 g (1 medium cap)
Common 5 – 10 g (1 – 3 medium caps)
Strong 10 – 30 g (2 – 6 medium caps)
|Onset : 30 – 120 minutes|
Peak : 1 – 2 hours
Duration : 5 – 10 hours (higher doses seem to last longer)
Normal After Effects : 1 – 5 hours