eating poisonous mushrooms you can expect the following symptoms:
nausea, vomiting, chills, and fever.
Tremors appear some six to eight hours after ingestion and often pass in
24 hours. Unfortunately, three to
six days later, symptoms of liver failure appear because the toxin, which
prevents the growth of new cells, concentrates in the liver.
Death may be prevented by a liver transplant or massive doses of
mushrooms (Psilocybe species
and others) produce chemicals (e.g. plilocybin and psilocin) similar to the
brain neurohormone, serotonin, and cause vivid hallucinations.
In southern Mexico, the town curandera, or shaman (similar to a witch
doctor), ingests the mushrooms for a price, and interprets the visions for the
client, predicting the future, finding lost items, or other fortune-teller-like
The renowned sixties guru, Timothy Leary began his wild ride by trying
magic mushrooms in order to better understand mental states of mentally
Unfortunately, we cannot ask him how his experiments turned out, for he
The autopsy revealed that years of drug abuse had fried his brain
“beyond anything they had seen before”.
agaric (Amanita muscaria) is a mycorrhizal mushroom native to northern
America, Europe, and Asia.
It often grows in a fairy ring:
a circle of mushrooms that appear about the same time (often after a wet
night) at the tips of an underground mycelium that grew outward from a tree
Effects include illusions of great changes in dimensions accompanied by
enormous physical exertion.
A straw on the ground becomes an obstacle that requires a great leap in
order to clear it.
are major crop parasites (e.g. wheat, corn, barley, rye, oats) that do not form
large mushroom-like fruiting bodies.
Several species of one genus Puccinia,
are native to the Middle East and may have been responsible for the seven lean
years of famine predicted by Joseph in the Old Testament.
(“The seven lean and gaunt cows that came up after them are seven
years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years