Amanita Muscaria mushrooms are famous for his or her psychoactive properties, as a consequence of their containing the hallucinogenic chemical compounds ibotenic acid and muscimol. Often known as toadstools, these mushrooms have lengthy been related to magic in literature. The caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland is portrayed as sitting on one as he smokes his suspicious pipe, and in animated cartoons, Smurfs are seen to dwell in Amanita mushrooms. In fact, circles of mushrooms rising within the forest are incessantly known as fairy rings.
It has been reported that as early as 2000 B.C. individuals in India and Iran have been utilizing for spiritual functions a plant referred to as Soma or Haoma. A Hindu spiritual hymn, the Rig Veda additionally refers back to the plant, Soma, though it’s not particularly recognized. It’s believed this plant was the Amanita Muscaria mushroom, a concept popularized within the e book “Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality” by R. Gordon Wasson. Different authors have argued that the manna from heaven talked about within the Bible is definitely a reference to magic mushrooms. Photos of mushrooms have been recognized in cave drawings dated to 3500 B.C.
Within the church of Plaincourault Abbey in Indre, France is a fresco painted in 1291 A.D. of Adam and Eve standing on both aspect of the tree of information of excellent and evil. A serpent is entwined across the tree, which appears unmistakably like a cluster of Amanita Muscaria mushrooms. Might it’s true that the apple from the Backyard of Eden may very well have been an hallucinogenic mushroom?
Siberian shamans are stated to have ingested Amanita Muscaria for the aim of reaching a state of ecstasy so they may carry out each bodily and religious therapeutic. Viking warriors reportedly used the mushroom in the course of the warmth of battle so they may go right into a rage and carry out in any other case not possible deeds.
Within the Kamchatka peninsula of Russia the medicinal use of Amanita Muscaria topically to deal with arthritis has additionally been reported anecdotally. L. Lewin, writer of “Phantastica: Narcotic and Stimulating Medicine: Their Use and Abuse” (Kegan Paul, 1931) wrote that the fly-agaric was in nice demand by the Siberian tribes of northeast Asia, and tribes who lived in areas the place the mushroom grew would commerce them with tribes who lived the place it couldn’t be discovered. In a single event one reindeer was traded for one mushroom.
It has been theorized that the toxicity of Amanitas Muscaria varies in keeping with location and season, in addition to how the mushrooms are dried.
Lastly, it ought to be famous that the writer of this text doesn’t in any means suggest, encourage nor endorse the consumption of Amanita Muscaria mushrooms. It’s believed that the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration lists Amanita Muscaria as a poison. Some corporations that promote these mushrooms consult with them as “toxic non-consumables.”