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What is Amanita Muscaria?

Amanita Muscaria is a type of mushroom that contains psychoactive compounds, including muscimol and ibotenic acid. It is known for its distinctive appearance, with a bright red cap and white spots, and has been used in traditional cultural practices for centuries. Consuming Amanita Muscaria can result in altered states of consciousness, but it is important to note that the mushroom can be toxic and proper preparation is necessary to reduce the risk of harm.

A Brief History of Amanita Muscaria:

Amanita Muscaria has a rich history and has been used in traditional cultural practices for centuries. Here are some key points in its history:

  • The mushroom has been used by various indigenous cultures in Asia, Europe, and North America for both medicinal and religious purposes. In some cultures, it is believed to have spiritual or mystical properties.
  • In Siberia, shamans would use Amanita Muscaria as a part of their religious rituals. They would consume the mushroom to enter a trance-like state and communicate with the spirit world.
  • In some European cultures, Amanita Muscaria was associated with the winter solstice and Christmas celebrations. The mushroom’s bright red and white appearance was said to resemble Santa Claus, and it was believed to have magical properties.
  • In the 20th century, Amanita Muscaria gained popularity in Western culture as a recreational drug. This was due in part to its inclusion in counterculture literature such as Carlos Castaneda’s “The Teachings of Don Juan” and Terence McKenna’s “Food of the Gods.”
  • Today, Amanita Muscaria remains a popular subject of study among mycologists and ethnobotanists, who are interested in its cultural significance and potential therapeutic uses.

How do I eat it?

The toxic effects of Amanita Muscaria are caused by the presence of ibotenic acid in the mushroom. However, boiling the mushroom can remove the acid and make it mostly harmless. Dried mushrooms are easier on the stomach, and it’s advisable to avoid eating the stem because it may contain larvae. Instead, focus on the red caps. Once the cap is dry, it can be eaten raw (as is) or boiled down to make a tea-style infusion. This is a popular method because it further lowers the risk of stomach pains.

Tea Infusion recipe:

  1. Boil water
  2. Pour the hot water over your favorite herbal blend + the mushrooms
  3. Steep the tea for 15-20 minutes
  4. Add honey for a sweet flavor

Herbs to consider: 

You want to consider herbs that support a well functioning digestive experience with anti-nausea properties. Chamomile, Ginger Root, and Peppermint are great. You can grab these organic herbs by the ounce on our website or in-store at any of our Apothecaries as well! 

Be sure to drink plenty of water during your experience!

How much should I take?

For beginners, it’s recommended to start with a small dose of Amanita Muscaria, such as one small mushroom cap or less than five grams. It’s important to start slow, as the level of active ingredients in each cap can vary widely depending on factors such as rainfall, geography, and host species. This variability makes it difficult to predict the effects of each dose, so caution is advised when consuming Amanita muscaria.

How does it make me feel?

The effects of consuming Amanita Muscaria differ from those caused by psilocybin. Typically, the effects of A. Muscaria will begin to manifest between 30 to 90 minutes after ingestion. Users may report experiencing strong visions and religious insights, although these often occur during sleep and in dreams. We suggest keeping a dream journal by the side of your bed or take notes on your phone upon waking!

The effects of Amanita Muscaria can last for 4 to 10 hours.

Where can I get it?

The best part is we take out the guessing for you. To get your own ethically sourced Amanita, check out our Amanita Muscaria HERE!

We hope you get the chance to form your own relationship with this timeless mushroom. As always, enjoy responsibly!

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