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MAGIC MUSHROOMS - Magic Mushrooms: how to get them?
- Picking mushrooms
We are not going to elaborate on this topic; you can find enough literature about it. It is really more for hobbyists. A small piece of information: there are nearly 75 mushroom varieties that contain a higher or smaller amount of hallucinogenic substances. A number of these also grow in our climate like the pointed Liberty caps, the Conocybe cyanopus, the Conocybe smityii, the Psilocybe foenisecil and many Amanitas, amongst which also the Amanita muscaria (the classic red toadstool with white warts on the top).
It seems far out, the psychedelics grow in the park, the forest and the fields and can be gathered freely.
A divine gift! Yes and no. This is all well in theory but the seeking and determination, especially for an untrained eye, is not that simple.
The greatest danger of the search of mushrooms is that one can pick the wrong kind, which can have life-endangering consequences. This is in particular the case with the Amanitas and the really rare Conocybe. So don't even try this! So make sure that when you set out for the first time, you take an experienced mycologist along. Apart from the expertise one needs a good dose of patience. The search for the quite common, pointed Liberty caps, for example, is an endless story, especially because they are so very small. But it seems that once you have spotted a few, they suddenly appear everywhere. This is not so far-fetched; the larger part of the mushroom, the mycelium, is a thready texture under the ground that can spread out very far. The magic mushrooms above the ground are spore-forming sex-reproductive organs and like Terence McKenna said, this is how they take their sunbath.
Back to the practical; you can find them in the summer, but especially in autumn. Take clothing that keeps you warm and dry; it is a drag to end up with a flu after your picking and if you intend to eat while picking, be prepared. Take a container that breaths or baskets or paper bags and remember to a few extra containers to separate the different varieties, so it is possible to determine the different kinds undisturbed at home. Such a double-check is not redundant and a lot safer. Also remember to take big, as well as small, a few not fully-grown mushrooms and a bit of mycelium (the roots), that will help to find out what kind you have, if you have any doubt. Of course, be respectful towards nature; cut the mushrooms with a sharp knife and touch the sub-soil as little as possible, don't leave any rubbish, close the fences and don't harass the animals. Yes, and mind not tot step in the dung, the best places are well 'manured'. And if you are smart then take note of the spot where you found them and keep your mouth shut, otherwise next year there might be a big group of people busy picking.
Don't take all the Shrooms; leave a few for next harvest! The spores take care of the reproduction and the spreading to different locations.
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