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Amanita Muscaria (Magic Mushrooms)

Magic MushroomsSCIENTIFIC TERM:

Amanita Muscaria

STREET NAMES:

Liberties, Magics,. Liberty Caps, Fly Amani, Fly Agaric

EFFECTS:

The effects for mushrooms can take between 30 minutes to two hours to happen. The strongest part of the trip takes 4-10 hours and the after-effects usually last a further 2-6 hours. The more you take, the longer your trip could last. Both mushrooms can make you feel confident, relaxed and in good spirits.   They can distort colour, sound and objects. One effect can be that your senses get mixed up so that, for example, you think you can hear colours and you can see sounds.  They can also speed up and slow down your sense of time and movement. You may feel like you're dreaming when you're awake.  You can feel more emotionally sensitive. Some people become creative and feel enlightened.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

Psilocybe Semilanceata, or Liberty Caps are small and tan-coloured and they bruise blue when they're touched. Amanita Muscaria 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. Most people take between 1-5 grams.,
HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:
Mushrooms can make you feel sick, tired and disoriented.  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. Magic mushrooms are not addictive although, like with LSD, you can become tolerant of the effects quite quickly.

LAW:

The Drugs Act has changed the law so that now both fresh and prepared (e.g. dried or stewed) magic mushrooms that contain psilocin or psilocybin are classified as Class A drugs. Possession can get you up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else, including your friends, with magic mushrooms can get you life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

  1. Amanita Muscaria has had a religious significance in Siberian culture and possibly also in ancient Scandinavian culture.
  2. The common name in English is thought to have been derived from its European use as an insecticide.
  3. Amanita Muscaria contains a number of biologically active agents, at least two of which are known to be psychoactive, (A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behaviour).
  4. Deaths from Amanita Muscaria are extremely rare.
  5. In Sanada , Japan , fly agarics are detoxified by pickling them.
  6. Amanita Muscara are known for the unpredictability of their effects. Effects can range from nausea and twitching to drowsiness, cholinergic effects (low blood pressure, sweating and salivation), auditory and visual distortions, mood changes, euphoria, relaxation, and loss of equilibrium.
  7. Two of the most famous uses of Amanita Muscaria are in the video game series Super Mario Bros. and the dancing mushroom sequence in the 1940 Disney film Fantasia
  8. Most people see Christmas as a Christian tradition. However, many of the symbols related to Christmas are derived from much older Pre- Christian practices from Northern Europe.  Many of these people considered Amanita Muscaria to be sacred.
  9. Amanita Muscaria is a very popular mushroom. It is commonly referred to as the red mushroom with white spots.
  10. It has been used as an image for such things as books, children's stories ( Alice in Wonderland), greeting cards, postage stamps, and for many other purposes.
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