Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fly Agaric Mushrooms - Amanita Muscaria

Amanita muscaria - Fly agaric mushroom

Type of drug: Deliriant, Psychedelic
Dosage
  • An average dosage is one small to medium cap, going as high as six caps for a very strong dose. This translates to about 6 grams for the low end, with as much as 20 grams in the high end. However, mushrooms have differing potencies, and should be tested with a small dose initially.
Amanita Muscaria on grass

Dried Amanita Muscaria cap
Is it worth it? I have not tried it myself, but Amanita Muscaria definitely works as a mind altering substance. Shamans in Siberia have used this mushroom in many of their rituals for many generations, and this is very well documented. However, it is important to consume it correctly to maximize the positive and minimize the negative effects.

Amanita Muscaria can either be bought dried online, or it can be found in nature. DANGER: Amanita Muscaria is in the Amanita genus, one which contains mushrooms such as the Death Cap, Amanita Phalloides, and the Destroying Angel, Amanita Virosa, both VERY dangerous mushrooms. If harvesting Amanita Muscaria from nature, one should be extremely cautious, and it is very helpful to have someone who has experience with mycology and mushroom identification, or it should be made absolutely certain that the mushroom you have picked is indeed the Amanita Muscaria in order to avoid any potential health hazards. Due to this possible risk, it is recommended to buy Amanita Muscaria mushrooms form a reliable vendor on the internet to minimize potential health risks.

Ibotenic acid found in the Amanita Muscaria mushroom often causes nausea, and the best way to minimize feelings of sickness is to prepare the mushroom in the following way:
  • Mushrooms should be dry. To dry fresh mushrooms, place on a rack in your oven, set it to the lowest setting, and crack the door to allow moisture to escape, and keep the mushrooms in the oven for about an hour. Dry mushrooms are placed in a coffee grinder, and ground into a powder with a very fine consistency, similar to that of flour. Then, 6 grams of material are added per 1 cup of 190 F water, and left for half an hour, stirring occasionally. This entire concoction is then drunk.
The Amanita Muscaria mushrooms contain ibotenic acid, and muscamol. When ingested, ibotenic acid is metabolized into muscamol, which is the main chemical that causes intoxication. Amanita Muscaria can be consumed raw (although this may cause nausea), eaten dried, or consumed in a tea.

The effects of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom vary to a large degree. It takes approximately 30-60 minutes for the effects to become noticeable, and they can last anywhere from five to ten hours depending on the dosage. Some reported effects include euphoria, analgesia, altered hearing and taste, intoxication, wavy or blurred vision, muscle twitching. Negative effects include nausea, delirium, feeling separated from one's body, muscle twitches, and increased salivation, and drowsiness. Users experienced with this mushroom recommend lying down on one's side (not on the back; potential choking hazard due to vomiting/nausea) during the onset of effects and being in a safe place as well as having a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the experience fully. 

Amanita Muscaria mushrooms are legal to posses, buy, cultivate, in the US. However, one should always practice safety and common sense while using any substance. Again, If you choose to consume any substance, it is your own decision and I am in no way responsible. Good luck, see ya next post.

SOURCES
www.erowid.com
http://www.clearwhitelight.org/hatter/amanita.htm

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