Magic mushrooms have gained attention due to their high medicinal value. However, since the ancient age, consumers have been taking these naturally occurring fungi for fun. But, who knows the history of magic mushrooms? It is interesting to learn about the history and origin of these shrooms.
The claim that magic mushrooms had a long history is debatable. Some say that there is no clear evidence about the origin of these mushrooms. Ancient paintings, manuscripts, and sculptures had shown a few facts about mushrooms. Historians have found European and North African cave paintings alluding to magic mushrooms. In the ancient age, there were Aztec rituals, which have a hallucinogenic substance known as the flesh of the gods. It might refer to shrooms. In the ancient cultures, there was a different use of magic mushrooms, and historians are not sure about it.
Research on Magic Mushroom
In the late 1950s, Westerners used to eat magic mushrooms. In 1955, R. Gordon Wasson, one of the mycologists, travelled to Mexico to learn about mushrooms. He took part in a ceremony that used magic mushrooms as a ritual. Mazatec, a type of native in southern Mexico, conducted it. Wasson published his findings in Life magazine (1957). It also mentioned that Albert Hofmann first isolated psilocybin and psilocin from the shrooms. However, in 20th century, shrooms entered the US market with assistance from an official at J.P. Morgan Bank.
Timothy Leary, one of the proponents of different psychotropic drugs (like LSD) interpreted the Life magazine. It inspired him to test them at Harvard University. It caused magic mushrooms to become closely associated with the hippie movement. For several years, shrooms were related to the counterculture.
Leary claimed that he had learned lots of things about his brain during his mushroom trip. He again went to Harvard University to begin Harvard Psilocybin Project and work on psychedelic drugs. His mission was to prove that drugs could make the consumer more conscious.
Alan Ginsberg, another researcher, went to Cambridge to find scientific truths about drugs. He told his friends about the fun he got from the fungus. However, Harvard grew tired of Leary’s claims, and it fired him. Leary then started distributing psychedelics throughout different parts of the US.
In 1970, the consumption of magic mushrooms was illegal in the USA. Still, it did not stop the consumption. The Terence McKenna (ethnobotanist) released a book, known as Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide. The book talks about the growth of shrooms.
Therapeutic use of shrooms in the ancient age–
Magic mushrooms have a spiritual and therapeutic and spiritual usage in the tribal society. Researchers have found that the effect of psychoactive substances was not unknown at that time. Siberians used psychoactive mushrooms for religious purposes.
In ancient Greece also, there was ritualistic use of psychedelic compounds. Thus, Greeks knew the sacred use of mushrooms. Moreover, statues and artwork also represent hallucinogenic mushrooms.
You can dig out some more historical facts about magic mushrooms. As a mushroom lover, you will find interest in them.
The consumption of magic mushrooms has been on the rise in recent years. Consumers mostly like to consume these shrooms to ensure better health conditions. However, some of them like to have a strong effect of psilocin present in shrooms. Beginners can try out the safe consumption techniques. However, shroom enthusiasts like to know the way of making their trip more intense.
Check out the ways of having a highly intense mushroom trip.
It is one of the ways of taking mushrooms for recreational purposes. The active compound in mushrooms is psilocybin, and it turns into psilocin due to your body’s metabolism. The prodrug, known as psilocybin, is broken down into psilocin. Then, psilocin interacts with your brain’s receptors.
You can dip mushrooms into some lemon sap for 15 minutes. It will accelerate the process, as the citric acid helps in the conversion of psilocybin into psilocin.
From chemical perspective, it assists in the pre-digestion of the shrooms in a cup. You will find faster and more intense effects from this consumption process.
Prepare your shroom tea–
Shroom tea is preferable to reduce stomach-related symptoms and nausea. Although the trip may not last long, you will have an intense effect.
However, you must know the steps for preparing your shroom tea. Grind the dried shrooms and put them into boiled water for 15 minutes. Then, strain the stems of your mushroom to drink the hot tea. You will find almost an instant effect, as your body does not need to break down the shrooms.
You can add honey and some other herbs to the tea to get a better flavor. Herbs like ginger, lavender, and chamomile work best with the tea.
How much shroom should you consume for stronger effects?
In most cases, consumers have claimed that 1.5 to 3 grams of shrooms have caused considerable psychedelic effects. It will start your trip into the mysterious world of shrooms. However, some regular users have consumed more than 3 grams. It is safe to consume up to 5 grams of mushrooms.
Another important thing for consumers is that there is a different level of psilocybin in different species.
The choice of the amount of shroom will have a noticeable difference in the effect. Variations in psychedelic ingredients will also result in different strengths.
Thus, you have to consider these factors to enjoy your mushroom trip.
A mushroom trip lasts for 4 to 6 hours from the time of ingesting it. You will feel the first effect after half an hour. However, based on the chosen dosage, you may need an hour to have the trip. Your metabolism also makes a difference in it. You will reach the peak effects within 4 hours after consumption. Then, the effects dissipate slowly. You will be back to your normal condition within 6 hours.
Make sure that you have not combined mushrooms with other drugs. It will cause risks and hallucinating effects. Alcohol and mushrooms work in a contradictory way.