Friday, March 27, 2009


Magic mushrooms are mushrooms that grow in the wild. They produce similar hallucinogenic-type effects to LSD when you eat them. There are two main types and they’re quite different. The most common form is a species called psilocybe semilanceata or ‘liberty cap’, while the other more potent variety is amanita muscaria or ‘fly agaric’. There are deadly poisonous species of amanitas.

Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Magic mushrooms, Liberties, magics, mushies, liberty cap, shrooms, Amani, agaric.

The biggest danger with taking any magic mushrooms is making sure you’ve picked the right thing. There are hundreds of varieties and some of them are highly poisonous.
As you'd expect with something that grows naturally, the strength varies depending on the freshness, the season and there are regional variations.

The risks
*Both types of mushrooms can make you feel sick, tired and disoriented but fly agaric (Amanita Muscaria) is much more potent and risky to take.
*‘Bad trips’ are seriously frightening and unsettling. And you can't tell whether you're going to have a bad trip or a good trip. Also you can get flashbacks some time afterwards.
*You may be at risk when you’re not in complete control of what you're doing. Your perception of your body and the world around you can be distorted.
*Eating the wrong kind of mushroom can make you seriously ill, and even kill you.
*Magic mushrooms can complicate any mental health issues you may have.
*intense feelings of fear
*headache, usually as effects wear off, sometimes beginning the next day, lasting for up to 24 hours
*nausea, gas, gastrointestinal discomfort, especially when dry mushrooms eaten raw
mild to severe anxiety
*dizziness, confusion
*lightheadedness or fainting (in cases of lowered blood pressure)
*can precipitate or exacerbate latent or existing mental disorders
*working memory disruption (reduced ability to do tasks requiring current remembering and attention)

Chances of getting hooked
Magic mushrooms are not addictive although, like with LSD, you can become tolerant of the effects quite quickly.

Appearance and use
Psilocybe Semilanceata, or liberty caps, are small and tan-coloured and they bruise blue when they're touched. Amanita Muscaria, or fly agaric, mushrooms are more like the red and white spotted toadstools you see in fairytale books.After picking, they're often eaten raw or are dried out and stored.

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