Psilocybe cubensis or magic mushroom is a little brown and white mushroom which contains psychoactive compounds called psilocybin and psilocin. People who have ingested a magic mushroom describe experiencing hallucinations, euphoria and trippy symptoms. Here are some interesting facts about magic mushrooms, little trippy fungi.
The scientific name for magic mushroom, Psilicybe cubensis translates to “bald head.” It is quite apt for this little white and brown mushroom and befits the fungus’s mild mannered appearance.
3. Street names
Psilicybe cubensis popularyly known as magic mushrooms are also known by many street names like mushies, shrooms, liberty cap, boomers etc.
4. How far back were humans tripping on ‘shrooms
Though it remains an open question how far back does the use of magic mushroom goes but it has been estimated through the rock art in Sahara depicting masked figures holding mushroom like objects. Therefore the usage of mushrooms dates back thousands of years.
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5. Tripping on shrooms
Magic mushrooms can be eaten fresh or dry. It can also be brewed in tea.
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6. Ritualistic use
Magic mushrooms were widely used in Central America during religious ceremonies. According to a theory the Mesolithic rock paintings in Algeria of Tassili n’ Ajjer are a depiction of mushrooms used in various rituals. The Aztec called magic mushrooms “flesh of gods” or teonanacatl.
7. Lots of variety of this trippy fungi
Around 200 species of mushrooms can be classified as magical meaning having a common ingredient psilocybin which is responsible for its mind altering effects.
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8. Christmas connection
According to a theory magic mushrooms might be behind Christmas cheers. As the story goes Siberian shamans used to gift hallucinogenic mushrooms every winter to the regions tribesmen. Due to heavy snow doors were not accessible this made them climb down from chimney. The spirit animal of shamans is also reindeer. Also Amanita muscaria, the specie of magic mushroom which was gifted, grows in coniferous woodlands and are red with white spots. Does it all make sense now?
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9. Alter people’s personality for good
Researchers suggest that one trip on mushroom may have lasting positive and psychological effect on the users personality. It can make an individual more open minded which can be associated with creativity, intellectual curiosity and a general appreciation for beauty and art.
10. Potential medical use
According to the recent researches it has been found out that magic mushrooms might be helpful in overcoming nicotine addiction. Additionally some other researchers suggest that psychedelic mushrooms can help treat anxiety, OCD, headaches and post traumatic stress disorders.
11. Help overcome smoking addiction
12. Effects brain functions
Magic mushrooms may give its user a mind-melting feeling psilocybin does the opposite. It boosts the brain’s connectivity. It helps brain synchronize activities among other areas that are normally not connected.
Though magic mushrooms are psychologically addictive researchers suggest that they aren’t physically addictive in any chemical sense of the word.
14. Mystical effects
A study at John Hopkins University shows that test subjects had the most significant spiritual experience of their life after taking magic mushrooms. Additionally, other users reported increased well-being during the months after the study.
15. Legal status
Psilocybin mushroom are classified as Schedule I dug in United States which means it is considered to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use which makes it illegal.