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Magic Mushrooms

Magic MushroomsSCIENTIFIC TERM:

Psilocybe Semilanceata (Liberty Cap),  Amanita muscaria (Fly agari

STREET NAMES:

Magic mushrooms, Mushies

EFFECTS:

The effects usually begin after 20-40 minutes and last between 4 and 9 hours. The effects are similar to a mild LSD experience and are dependent on the user’s mood and expectations. Again once it starts it can’t be stopped.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

The Liberty Cap is a light brown mushroom about 6-8cms high and contains the hallucinogenic Psilocybin. This is the most common type of mushroom used. The Fly agaric is a red mushroom about 10-12cms high with white spots.  After picking, they're often eaten raw or are dried out and stored. Most people take between 1-5 grams. The fly agaric mushrooms tend not to be consumed raw as they can cause severe nausea.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

The biggest risk is poisoning due to picking the wrong kind of mushrooms. Liberty Caps are not very toxic so the overdose risk is low and no adverse long- term effects have been reported, however at high does severe nausea and vomiting are common. Little is known about the long- term use of Fly agaric, however they are very toxic. Two types of Amanita mushrooms cause death by poisoning and are invariably fatal. Heart failure is another common cause of death. Paranoia is a common effect of mushrooms and people on them often need reassurance.  There is no evidence of dependency with both types of mushroom

LAW:

Magic mushrooms are a class A drug

  1. Magic Mushrooms can make you feel more emotionally sensitive. Some people feel more creative and enlightened.
  2. Magic Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by Native Americans in Central and South America.
  3. The first European record of their use showed up in the 16th century writings of a Spanish priest who wrote about the Aztec's use of both Mushrooms and Peyote Cacti. 
  4. The active ingredient of Magic Mushrooms is Psilocybin (a hallucinogenic compound obtained from a mushroom). It was soon isolated and by the mid 1960's Mushrooms were being both studied and used recreationally.
  5. Recreational doses range from 1-5 grams of dry Mushrooms depending on the species and individual strength of the specimens.
  6. Mushroom effects can be overwhelming and unpleasant.
  7. The primary effects of magic mushrooms last for 4-6 hours when taken orally.
  8. There are around twelve different varieties of magic mushrooms that grow wild throughout the UK.
  9. The use of Mushrooms has been a feature of the UK drug scene for many years.
  10. The popularity of mushrooms increased massively as commercially grown mushrooms were legally sold in the UK exploiting a loop-hole in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 that viewed possession of fresh mushrooms as lawful.
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