1857. Magic mushrooms

Cameron was wandering through the forest for no particular reason when he came across a little collection of hallucinogenic mushrooms. He knew they were hallucinogenic because he’d seen photos of them in a woman’s magazine in the dentist’s waiting room. There was an article in the magazine about how not to touch these mushrooms, because although they were very pretty, they were also dangerous.

However, the article did narrate how some people used the mushrooms to undergo an out-of-body experience, and others had used them simply to provide a kaleidoscopic in-your-face state of mind. All in all however, the article had said “DON’T TOUCH”. It was that warning that came to Cameron when he first saw and recognized them in the forest.

When he got home Cameron searched for more information and discovered they were called psilocybin mushrooms, and the effects of psilocybin mushrooms come from psilocybin and psilocin. When psilocybin is gets in the body, it is broken down to produce psilocin, which is responsible for the psychedelic effects.

The online information was most educational and in the end Cameron knew with certitude that what he had found in the forest were psilocybin mushrooms. The only thing the information didn’t say, and Cameron couldn’t find the information anywhere, was whether or not he was meant to dry the mushrooms first and then smoke them, or ingest them the way they were, or dehydrate them before eating. In fact, was he meant to cook them like regular mushrooms?

These mushrooms have a short shelf-life, so if anyone out there knows?

37 thoughts on “1857. Magic mushrooms

  1. Herb

    A quick Google search says you can brew them like tea. That could make her majesty’s tea-time quite a bit more interesting and, in fact, change the meaning of having “High Tea.” Oh. And it also said it is hard to distinguish between magic mushrooms and poison mushrooms, so better double-check them Bruce. We enjoy reading your blog.

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  2. badfinger20 (Max)

    Herb is right…The Allman Brothers would brew mushroom tea and drink it while they rehearsed…they also had someone with a Tab machine to make them into psilocybin tablets.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max)

        Bruce did you stumble over some of these?
        I was never a drug taker but I do regret not trying these when I was young just once… take a trip and never leave the farm!

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I was hitchhiking once and a guy also hitch hiking offered me a joint, which I accepted gleefully. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was sick for the next 24 hours – and only ever smoked cigarettes (till I gave up 14 years ago.) However I’m obsessive-compulsive and could easily get hooked on any and every thing!

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          1. badfinger20 (Max)

            Yes I have a very addictive personality. When I pull my back out a few years back…no pain pill was wasted lol. Yea that is the reason I stay away from things…
            I’m not sure about mushrooms if you could be physically or mentally addicted to them. I wouldn’t think so but I’m no expert…just regretful!

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  3. umashankar

    The very reason Cameron escaped dying of Wuhan Virus was the magic mushrooms. Too bad he died of overeating. The author should be wary of the pharmaceutical mafia though who is out to silence him to keep the secret.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I’ve given up trying not to get spied on by every corporation under the sun. On another thread – I’ve just discovered that my great great grandfather was involved in the 1857/8 Mutiny in India. I hope you will still talk to me.

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  4. João-Maria

    Damn, I’m late for this one. Uh, initiate funny comment process: reference 1 + remark 2 = joke 3, additional obscure pun or some detached but healthy statement with the whiff of mythomania.
    Uff, there, I did it. Thank goodness.

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      1. João-Maria

        You post really early in the morning, for me, Bruce. At 7:00. And still sleepy, I always deliver fresh comedic responses in these comments. I demand respect, I demand rights, I demand recognition.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          WTF – you can post when you like João-Maria and I’ll enjoy it. (You must be exactly 12 hours behind me (behind me in a figurative way) because I post at 7:00 am.) For a sleepy guy you’re on the ball. I’d hate to see you later in the day.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              I’m an early bird too – it’s now 5:07 am and I’ve been up for an hour. (You’re a bit of a mystery man João-Maria so it’s nice to get the occasional glimpse through the cracks!)

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          1. João-Maria

            I’m unsure. I know I wake up at around 6:30 and I get to work at 7:30, and when I first check my Reader, I almost always have your post on the feed. I don’t know, however, the exact time at which I check it. I’m usually eating or driving before 7:30, though.

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