Magic mushrooms are getting controversial across the globe. But hen people hear this term, other most immediate thought is a psilocybin which is a family of fungi that ahs the ability to produce the hallucinogenic compounds psilocybin and psilocin. However, there is also another mushroom that also possess psychedelic properties. This mushroom is known as amanita muscaria and it is also known as fly agaric, which us deeply rooted in the traditions of shamans of the Northern Hemisphere. As a matter fact, Santa Claus, which is very popular can be traced back to the ritual use of this mushroom.
Simply explained, amanita muscaria is a kind of mushroom that can be located in forests across Asia, Europe and North America. This kind of mushroom can be easily distinguished from other kinds of mushrooms because of its unique physical attributes. It has a white-flecked red cap with white gills. Amanita Muscaria usually grows at the base of different tree species. Moreover, this mushroom has hallucinogenic compounds known as muscimol and ibotenic. One of the things that you need to be aware of is that amanita muscaria mushrooms are usually getting confused with a deadly species t that look like amanita. While they are different from one another in a sense that amanita muscaria isn’t poisonous. Hence, it is really advisable to be careful when buying this mushroom. Make sure to buy from reliable and trusted stores only to ensure your health and safety.
You may also be interested in knowing the effects of Amanita Muscaria in your body. Yes, this kind of mushroom has hallucinogenic compounds so it can give psychoactive effects but it doesn’t mean that it will make you feel like flying. It will just give you a good Amanita Muscaria trip. When you take Amanita Muscaria, the ibotenic acid will decarboxylate into muscimol, the compound that is responsible for the psychedelic effects of the mushroom. You have to keep in mind that the high that this mushroom will give you is different from pyschedelics like psilocybin and LSD. There are some feedback from users starting that this mushroom gives them feelings of euphoria and peace.
They also experience vivid changes in their sensory perception, altered sense of taste and hearing and others. You should also be aware of the side effects it may impose to you. Some of those include involuntary movements, sweating, dilated pupils, ataxia, nausea, drowsiness, loss of balance or coordination, excessive salivation and others. You will notice the effects of this mushroom in just 30 to 90 minutes after taking it. It usually last between 4 to 10 hours.
Now, how do you properly take amanita muscaria? Well, it is advisable to dry the mushroom first as it allows ibotenic acid to convert to musical which increases its potency. You can eat dried mushrooms as they can also be parboiled or simmered in water before eating. But before taking mushroom, it is advisable to check and evaluate your health conditions first. Make sure to consult with your doctor first if you have any health conditions.