Magic Mushrooms Around the World: A Scientific Journey by Jochen Gartz

By Jochen Gartz

The 1st new publication on psychoactive mushrooms in 10 years. Introducing a wealthy number of psychoactive mushrooms from around the world -including a few infrequent and little-known species - the writer describes dozens of species and covers a wide diversity of mushroom- comparable issues, from distribution maps to comparisons of cultural attitudes to laboratory analyses of energetic ingredients.

One of the book's so much extraordinary positive aspects is its multi-disciplinary procedure: chemistry, botany, biology, historical past, anthropology, faith, pharmacology, medication - all of those are one of the fields contributing a range of information, questions and knowledge which are assembled into probably the most complete and exciting graphics of psychoactive mushrooms ever created.

Lavishly illustrated, well-organized and enriched by way of various bills of mushroom reports, this booklet explores the psychoactive mycoflora on 5 continents and reconstructs a continuity of psychoactive mushroom use all through background, from as early as 10,000 years in the past to the current day. additionally, you will locate distinct chapters on mushroom cultivation options, psychotherapy functions, the bluing phenomenon, the hazards of unintentional poisonings brought on by misidentification of species, and extra. A treasure trove of data, illustrations and luxurious colour images, the ebook comprises a lot novel details in addition, akin to the 1st document at the psychoactivity of baeocystin and up to date findings at the use of plant progress hormones to speed up development.

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Some were upside down. The faces appeared in all sorts of bright and even intensive colors - so intense that 1 could only liken them to flames of fire, in red, purple, green and yellow colors, like fireworks.... The entire experience lasted about six hours. No ill effects followed. There was no headache, nor any disturbance of the digestion. During the winter of 1915, a species of Panaeolus spontaneously appeared in a mushroom greenhouse in New York. These fruiting bodies were accidentally eaten together with the champignons that were cultivated there.

In this context, we must credit Mordecai Cooke (18251914), a mycologist of outstanding competence and expertise, who studied a vast number of mushrooms species, including Psilocybe semilanceata. He was the first to formulate a hypothesis about the nature of the bluing phenomenon and to point out its physiological significance ( also see p. 16, bottom right). He discovered Inocybe haemacta as well as several Panaeolus species and classified the Flammula species mentioned above. Remarkably, one of his first publications was a book of popular folk tales entitled "The Seven Sisters of Sleep" (1860), which just happened to be an interdisciplinary investigation of narcotic plants.

1%, a concentration so low, that this species would become clinically relevant only if large amounts of the mushrooms were eaten. ) Gill, a species whose lower stem area is blue. Other authors have not succeeded at confirming the presence of psilocybin in this species. 5 GYMNOPILUS PURPURATUS - MAGNIFICENT MUSHROOMS FROM SOUTH AMERICA Another controversy documented in the literature revolves around the psychoactivity of several species of the genus Gymnopilus. More than 50 years ago, in October 1942, a remarkable case of intoxication occurred m Cleveland, Ohio, which was attributed to Pholiota spectabilis.

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