POISONOUS AND HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS
by Michael W. Beug Email: beugm@evergreen.edu
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Psilocybe baeocystis is another potent hallucinogenic mushroom. Like most other mushrooms that contain psilocybin or psilocin, it bruises a distinctive blue in age or when squeezed. While many people are attracted by the potential hallucinogenic affects of these mushrooms, I caution against experimentation. Possession of the mushrooms, even having them growing wild in your yard, is illegal. Furthermore, it is very difficult to predict just what the effects will be because of individual variations in response, effects of mood and setting, and variation in the mushrooms themselves. My research has shown that there can be a 10-fold variation in levels even among mushrooms growing in the same patch. The effects of one to two grams of dried mushrooms (1/3 to 2/3 ounce fresh) can vary from little effect to a general state of hilarity, or can produce multicolored visions or even a living nightmare.
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