POISONOUS AND HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS
by Michael W. Beug Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Muscarine toxicity is associated with PSL symptoms - perspiration,
salivation and lacrymation. Inocybe pudica is a typical PSL mushroom.
Victims experience profuse perspiration, salivation, profuse tears,
slow pulse, blurred vision, constricted pupils, excessive urination, and
vomiting along with crampy abdominal pain and watery stools followed by
a bloated feeling, runny nose and wheezing. Recovery normally occurs
within 6 to 12 hours and few deaths have been reported from mushrooms
containing muscarine. The toxin affects the autonomous nervous system and
prompt medical treatment is advised. Young children and individuals in
poor health to start with are most at risk and may feel ill for days afterwards.
I recommend not feeding any wild mushrooms to children under 5 since their
defense mechanisms are not yet fully developed.