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Drugs 101: Magic mushrooms

Author: Philippe
Posted: 04 Jun 2004

Welcome, one and all, back to Drugs 101. My name is Philippe and I will be your guide again this week.

I had briefly considered writing an article specifically stating what speed is in a general sense, but quickly realized "Hey! I can do a general terms series of articles as well. And at some point, this here web site will have one of the biggest drug knowledge repositories in the land," but then I had an even better idea.

Why not look into why college kids across the world are eating something that grows from poop! So get ready to have some all-natural and poopy fun as we look into the fabulous world of Magic Mushrooms.

Upon doing some research for the article, I found out that there are over 150 species of Mushroom that fall under the Magic Mushroom genre. Rather than list them all, I'm going to tell you the thing that makes them all alike. Magic mushrooms will contain psilocine and psilocybine. Those two little wonder chemicals both contain Dimethyltriptamine (DMT). DMT taken by itself does nothing. Millions of years of human evolution, it seems, has led to something called an MAO (Mono Amine Oxydase). It's our body's way of keeping us alive after doing something silly like eating a random mushroom you happen to find growing out of cow shit. However, the Psilocine and Psilocybine are MAO inhibitors, so the DMT can do its job.

Whew! That was a mouthful, eh? Science rules! Yay MAO inhibitors! Basically, what I'm saying is that any fungus that has Psilocine and Psilocibine in it will be referred to here on out as either a "magic mushroom" or simply "shroom."

Now, because shrooms grow naturally, they've been around for quite a few thousand years. However, humans didn't start using them for pleasure until the Aztecs discovered how great they were and started using them in rituals. They were also used by Druids and mainly kept as a...err...religious item.

Luckily for everyone involved, the Aztecs died and the Druids all got unmercifully tortured and burned alive by the Christians and the drug was free to do as it liked. Luckily, in the fifties, Gordon Wasson was chilling in Mexico and "rediscovered" the drug. Just in time for the sixties! Man, no wonder the sixties were so filled with drugs. Every other day a new standard showed up shouting Try me! TRY ME!

The trip you get from the mushrooms is not unlike the trip you get from trying Acid, and in fact the risk of using a psychedelic in conjunction with whatever crazy-ass mental disorder you might have could very well be a bad idea. However, in general, the health risks aren't terribly high, and mushroom advocates will tell you that the health risks are much lower than that of heroin, coke, cigarettes, or even beer.

I'm not saying one way or the other. In fact, it seems to me that whenever I research a drug, the supporters of the drug always say that it's less harmful than this other list of things. So I don't always trust the people, especially while reading a web site called or whatever. Granted, I'm pretty sure that web site doesn't exist. Anyway, rant over.

No physical addiction has been proven (sort of like acid), however there is, of course, a mental addiction involved (sort of like every drug), in that if it makes you feel good, your mind might want another taste, especially if you have a good trip with good friends, out in the middle of the woods and you don't get slaughtered by TTA's pet bear.

And that's pretty much it. Be extremely careful to not eat Mushrooms with mold on them, as that can make you extremely sick, and, as always, say it with me kids -- moderation is key, and make sure you trust the person who's giving it to you.

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