POISONOUS AND HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS
by Michael W. Beug Email: email@example.com
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
While most of the psilocybin containing species in North America
are found either in the Pacific Northwest or in the Gulf States and Mexico,
this species, Panaeolus subbalteatus, is found in many parts of
North America. Panaeolus subbalteatus is a moderately potent species,
though many complain of gastric distress after consuming it. It can be
found in lawns and thus may be consumed by young children out grazing in
the yard. Dogs and even horses and cows also eat hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Some of the animals that consume the mushrooms once seem to develop a liking
for the disorienting effects and may seek them out again. Other animals
suffer vomiting, lethargy, sleepiness and fear and give their owners and
apparently themselves a good scare.