U.S. Dispensary Selling Legal “Magic” Mushrooms – What This Means for the Future 

It’s relatively common knowledge that magic mushrooms are illegal in the United States. What is not quite as well-known, is that the laws don’t apply to all magic mushrooms. Some species, like Amanita muscaria for example, have managed to skirt the attention of federal regulators and retain their legal status… and it’s under this premise that Chillum Hemp and Mushroom Dispensary operates.

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What’s the news? 

A hemp dispensary located in Florida recently started selling legal psychedelic mushroom products. The Tampa-based store was founded by Carlos Hermida in 2018, but the new products were just added to their inventory last month. These “magic” mushroom items include Amantia muscaria-based capsules, gummies, and powders – but no actual mushrooms yet.  

What has really captured people’s attention, is Hermida’s use of the term “magic mushrooms”. When most people hear the phrase, they automatically think of psilocybin mushrooms, which are illegal and listed as Schedule I narcotics on the DEA’s list of controlled substances. However, the ‘loophole’ in this situation boils down to the specific type of shrooms being sold. Amanita muscarias, although psychoactive, do NOT contain any psilocybin, and thus, are legal by default. Or in other words, they’re federally legal because they have flown under the radar for so long that the government never bothered to prohibit them. Why ban something that people are barely using anyway?

According to recent reports from other parts of North America, Hermida is not the only industry entrepreneur to catch on to this interesting legal ambiguity. A growing number of dispensaries in Canada have been openly selling all sorts of mushrooms and truffles, knowing that local law enforcement chooses not to target these businesses in lieu of going after opioid and amphetamine traffickers.  

The amanita trend is likely to catch on in other parts of the United States too, and we’ll probably see more dispensaries and smartshops that will offer these products. If it can be done in Florida – where even recreational cannabis is still prohibited despite years of medical legalization – it can probably happen in most of the country as well, especially around the West coast (and Colorado).

Amantia muscaria explained

Amanita muscaria, frequently referred to as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a member of the Basidiomycota family of fungi, of the genus Amanita. This mushroom species gets the common name from its ability to attract and kill flies (and possibly mosquitos).  

Amanita muscaria mushrooms have round, often dome-shaped, red caps with white spots and white gills. They are, without a doubt, one of the most recognizable of the toadstool mushroom species. You can spot Amanita muscaria mushrooms in the Mario franchise games, the Alice in Wonderland mushroom scene, and many other cartoons and animated games. 

Fly agarics are native to the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, particularly around Europe, North America, and Siberia/Northern Asia. It’s a highly adaptable mushrooms species, evidenced by the fact that it now grows all over the world and there are many different strains and variations of Amanita muscaria. They form symbiotic connections with numerous trees and are typically found growing under pine, oak, spruce, fir, birch, and cedar.   

Amanita mushrooms

Although they have many features that make them easily discernible from other mushroom varieties, there are several known subspecies of Amanita muscaria, and some more potent/toxic than others. Additionally, new DNA fungi research has discovered that many of the mushroom types once believed to be muscarias are, in reality, entirely different species… like the “peach-colored fly agaric”, which never lost its name even though it is not a fly agaric at all.   

As mentioned above, Amanita muscaria mushrooms are psychoactive and they do produce hallucinations and altered states of consciousness, but not via the same mechanisms as the more popular psilocybin varieties. Other psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca/DMT, and mescaline, are all serotonergic, meaning they interact with the serotonin receptors in our brains, which greatly influences the high.  

What a lot of people don’t understand about serotonin, is its profound effect on anxiety. The standard belief is that low levels of serotonin can produce anxious effects, but that’s not entirely accurate. Rather, a general imbalance of serotonin (either too little OR too much) can cause this. It can explain why some people get nervous and have bad trips when taking psychedelics – the effects on serotonin coupled with visual/auditory/sensory hallucinations can get a bit freaky. 

In A. muscaria, the psychoactive ingredients are muscimol and ibotenic acid. Muscimol activates the major inhibitory neurotransmitter system, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). As an inhibitory system, muscimol works by suppressing the activity of neurons in the brain. Ibotenic acid is a neurotoxin and agonist of glutamate receptors, specifically at both the N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA, and trans-ACPD receptor sites. Neurotoxins interrupt communication between neurons across a synapse, changing the way the nervous system functions. Ibotenic acid is a secondary metabolite that converts to muscimol via decarboxylation.  

As intense as “neurotoxin” sounds, people who use these mushrooms compare the feeling to being drunk, but with a trippier and more curious vibe to it. The muscimol in these mushrooms can produce feelings of euphoria, hallucinations, muscle jerks, drowsiness, sweating, pupil dilation, and increased body temperature. But because they are not serotonergic, it seems that anxiety and fear is less frequently associated with fly agarics (although this is not something that I can personally confirm).  

Current legality and future implications 

Unlike psilocybin mushrooms, fly agarics are federally legal. No loopholes, no equivocal legal texts, just plain legal; and this is simply because they haven’t received enough attention to warrant a need for amanita prohibition. Individual states could enact measures to restrict their usage, possession, and enterprise, or they can outright ban all of it – but the only state to do so at this point, is Louisiana.  

But that doesn’t mean that other states won’t follow their lead. On the contrary, now that they’re getting more attention, some of the more conservative states like those in the South and Midwest might soon get their own amanita laws on the books.  

However, it’s unlikely that the federal government will create any laws against amanita muscarias. They will eventually start implementing various regulations to ensure they are getting a cut from profits on these products (sales and excise taxes, expensive licensing for those who wish to sell them, zoning laws, etc.), but because the psychedelics industry is moving forward at such a rapid pace, it wouldn’t make much sense to start enforcing new bans against old-world entheogens now.   

Granted, the government does many things that seem completely illogical. But in this context, what I mean is that it would make them look bad, incompetent, and disconnected; the last thing they want right now as so many states are already boldly defying federal drug laws by allowing the sale of recreational cannabis.

Final thoughts 

It may not seem like that big of news, but it’s certainly exciting… particularly for those of us who have been wanting to experiment with Amanita muscaria mushrooms. Knowing that they are starting to make an appearance in US retail is progressive, if not anything else, and a positive sign of what’s to come.

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Best Places to Forage for Psychedelic Mushrooms

If you know where to look, psychedelic mushrooms are found abundantly throughout nature in both tropical and temperate regions. As long as you’re careful and knowledgeable of the different mushroom species in your area, you can have a lot fun foraging.  

There are over 200 different species of psychedelic mushrooms on this earth, and each species can contain hundreds, if not thousands, of unique strains and substrains. That said, there is soooo much variety when it comes to mushrooms, which is why I cannot stress the importance of being completely familiar with what you’re picking. Although differences in appearance can be negligible, effects can vary quite dramatically, so you want to make sure the mushrooms you end up with will get you high, and not put you in the hospital.

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Psilocybin Mushrooms vs Fly Agaric 

Just like trees and flowering plants, different regions produce different species of magic mushrooms. The term ‘shrooms’ is mainly used in reference to psilocybin mushrooms, which are currently the most popular hallucinogenic fungi in modern psychonaut culture. But another type of magic mushroom, known as Amanita muscaria/Fly Agaric, is popular in areas where psilocybin mushrooms don’t grow well. 

Just to quickly point out, there are some major differences between fly agarics and psilocybin mushrooms – aside the areas in which they grow. First, is their appearance. Psilocybin mushrooms vary in color and size but are generally unassuming in how they look. Fly agarics have a very distinctive look to them and have become kind of the quintessential animated fantasy mushroom (think Mario Brothers with the large, red-capped mushrooms covered in white spots).   

The other way in which they differ is in the mechanisms by which they impact the brain and body – or how they produce a high – as well as the medical benefits they offer. Psilocybin mushrooms are serotoginic, so they have some stimulant properties that don’t work for everyone. This is the reason that some people experience higher levels of anxiety when tripping on shrooms. Fly agarics, on the other hand, contain ibotenic acid and muscimol and are technically classified as neurotoxic mushrooms, but the effects are comparable to any other mushroom high, just more slow-paced and relaxing.  

Now back to foraging. Psilocybin mushrooms grow well in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world, but are mainly found throughout North, Central, and South America. In the United States specifically, the Pacific Northwest, the Rustbelt, Central Florida, and East Texas are the regions with the highest rates of observations for natural psilocybin mushrooms. When growing them at home, they require pretty consistent temperatures of around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit, but in the wild they can withstand slightly cooler weather, which is why can thrive in both the Pacific Northwest and Midwest regions. 

Fly agaric mushrooms grow in forests, pastures, and fields throughout temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere. So, in regions further away from the equator where it may be too cold for psilocybin mushrooms to grow, you’ll find more Fly agaric mushrooms. For reference, tropical regions are warm and humid basically year round, whereas temperate regions may also be humid, but have all four seasons with cooler summers from June to September. 

What Mushrooms Need to Grow  

Exactly where mushrooms grow depends on what type of mushroom you’re looking for. Not referring to the aforementioned types, but instead, whether they are ectomycorrhizal or saprotrophic types of fungi. Ectomycorrhizal fungi have a symbiotic relationship with the root systems of various plants living around them, whereas saprotrophic fungi are decomposers of organic material. This differentiation will determine where in your region you look for mushrooms (in an open field under animal dropping vs along the side trunks of living trees).  

Regardless, mushrooms do not contain chlorophyll so they cannot produce their own food using the process of photosynthesis like other plants do. Mushrooms utilize the substratum that they grow on or have formed a symbiotic relationship with to harness the required nutrients needed for proper development.  

The most crucial component for the successful growth of all fungi, is moisture. Contrary to popular belief, too much moisture can actually be a bad thing that kills mushrooms, so proper humidity levels are key. Along with moisture, fertile soil is a must. Mushrooms require a variety of essential nutrients including sugar, starch, lignin, fats, proteins, and nitrogen – often found in soil that has come type of decaying elements like old tree bark, fallen leaves, dung, mulch, and compost. Dry air and harsh wind can easily kill most species of mushrooms, so you’ll typically find them in covered, well-protected spots.  

Too much light can also be an issue. While they don’t necessarily need pitch-black darkness to grow, the absence of light can help the air retain consistent temperature and humidity levels. When it comes to moisture, that’s relatively the same across the board – fungus needs moisture, it’s a simple rule of nature. But the temps needed to grow mushrooms will vary based on the species. Psilocybin mushrooms do well in warmer climates while fly agarics prefer slightly cooler weather.  

Forage for Psychedelic Mushrooms in the US

In the United States, the very best areas for amateur mycologists are the semi-urban regions of the Pacific Northwest, from northern California up to Washington state. The number one, top-rated spot for mushroom hunting is Alpine County, CA, situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Aside from having both an impressive abundance and diversity of wild mushrooms, the aforementioned areas have many different resources and social events for budding foragers such as mushroom meetup groups, forager festivals, and more.  

And despite the strong emphasis on humidity and natural coverage, there are some arid regions that produce mushrooms as well. In areas such as San Bernardino County, CA, and Bernalillo County, NM have very active mycophile communities with many experienced members who have a lot of knowledge about locating psychedelic desert mushrooms.  

A full list of the top counties in the US to forage for psychedelic mushrooms are as follows: Alpine California, Lane Oregon, Lake Minnesota, Lincoln Oregon, San Miguel Colorado, Curry Oregon, Sitka Alaska, Charlevoix Michigan, King Washington, Grant Wisconsin, Denver Colorado, Pacific Washington, Alameda California, Linn Iowa, Marion Oregon, Crawford Wisconsin, Chaffee Colorado, Washington Oregon, Wexford Michigan, Rockingham North Carolina, Los Angeles California, Bernalillo New Mexico, San Diego California, Santa Cruz California, and Skagway-Yakutat-Angoon Alaska.

If you need more information about where to look and how to connect with people, consider joining an online community. Aside from the many psychonaut communities you can become a part of these days, there are a good number of research and observation-based sites where you can see what type of fungi is being found in what area – often with markers and notes to highlight the exact location (down to the coordinates sometimes) where different plants have been found.  

One of the most well-known sites is iNaturalist.com, although this one is very broad and people can report observations about all plants, as well as different animal and insect species. A couple popular sites that are specific to mushroom hunting are Mycomap.com and MushroomObserver.org. Another helpful tool to have in your back pocket is a plant identification app. My personal favorite is PictureThis. I have the app on my phone, it has helped me avoid poison ivy and other itchy plants that I was unfamiliar with when I first moved to Indiana. Simply open the app, center the plant in question in the middle of the screen so the app can take a photo of it, then see what observations/species get pulled up. It’s not 100% accurate, so take those results with a grain of salt, but it can certainly be helpful with common species or to narrow down the possible options.  

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re in the woods or desert, a tropical or temperate region, you’re sure to find some psychedelic mushrooms in the wild… if you know where to look and how to forage. If you need help, it could be in your benefit to join a local group or sign up for a website dedicated to mycology.

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Battle of the Shrooms: Fly Agaric Vs Psilocybin, Which Is Best for You?

The term ‘shrooms’ is used mainly to denote psilocybin mushrooms, also referred to as ‘magic mushrooms’. However, there is another whole class of shrooms, which in no way resembles standard magic mushrooms. They go by two names: fly agaric and Amanita muscaria. When it comes to fly agaric vs psilocybin mushrooms, they provide different benefits, which means one type might be better for users than the other.

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Psilocybin mushrooms

Psilocybin mushrooms – AKA magic mushrooms, are a grouping of fungi that contain psilocybin and psilocin. While it’s not always understood well, it’s actually only psilocin that matters in terms of hallucinogenic response, as psilocybin is a prodrug (compound that must be metabolized to cause effects) that metabolizes into the psilocin in the body. Psilocin is hallucinogenic, and can create sensory experiences that don’t actually exist. This means hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, or feeling something which isn’t happening. These mushrooms are also associated with bringing on feelings of euphoria, connectedness, spirituality, overall well-being, and for altering perception.

Psilocin is a serotonergic compound, which means it’s an agonist on serotonin receptors. An agonist is something that activates a receptor, and makes it work more. This is similar to other psychedelic hallucinogens like LSD, MDMA, and DMT. All of these drugs are now eyed for their medical benefits, particularly with psychiatric disorders.

However, they all come with one negative, and its something that should be considered by those who might be more susceptible to this negative: anxiety. This might sound weird, since some of these drugs are said to help with anxiety, but it also should be remembered that anxiety comes from different places and is experienced in different ways. Anxiety while experiencing an illness, for example, is not the same as growing up with a severe anxiety disorder that might come from years of abuse.

We call these episodes ‘bad trips’. They’re characterized by negative hallucinations, which themselves are a sign of anxiety. Bad trips are essentially nothing more than panic/anxiety attacks brought on by the stimulant effects of the drugs, though this isn’t often clarified well. We know that psilocin raises serotonin, and serotonin increases heart rate and blood pressure. Imagine if you’re someone with anxiety, or very sensitive to stimulants, the ability to have your heart rate and blood pressure increased, can easily set off an attack.

I am the kind of person who has a hard time with these drugs, as I am highly sensitive to stimulants. While I totally get how they are beneficial for some people, and while I’ve had a couple interesting experiences, the issue I have is that the stimulant effect they cause, for me mainly outweighs other effects. So even if psilocin has great effects that can help with all kinds of problems, those effects are harder to access for someone like me, who will immediately respond to the stimulant effect. And it’s not likely to matter much if I take them in a relaxed state or not, because they’ll automatically push me into a stimulated state, making however I started, no longer applicable.

Even for a person who doesn’t have an anxiety issue or sensitivity to stimulants, taking too much can still cause this effect. Think of any stimulant drug. People who have systems that handle them well, will handle them well, but if they take too much, they’re liable to freak out too. That psychedelics cause a stimulant effect, might well be a good reason for some not to use them. But luckily, there are other options in the world of hallucinogens, besides psychedelics.

Fly agaric mushrooms

We use the term ‘psychedelics’ a bit more liberally than we should. Technically, ‘psychedelics’ refers to a class of hallucinogens which are serotonergic. But that doesn’t mean all hallucinogens are psychedelics. Ketamine and PCP are not psychedelics, they’re dissociative hallucinogens, and scopolamine – the drug blown in people’s faces to make them docile and easy to rob, is a deliriant hallucinogen.

The reality is that there are more kinds of hallucinogens than this, and they can occur with compounds that effect other neurotransmitters as well. Psychedelics are serotonergic, dissociative are dopaminergic, and deliriants are anticholinergic. These three classes of hallucinogens work primarily on different neurotransmitters, and therefore, give different effects, while all retaining the ability to cause hallucinations.

So if there are compounds that create serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine-related hallucinogens, what about other neurotransmitters? Like GABA? GABA – gamma-aminobutyric acid, is the neurotransmitter most associated with relaxation. Benzodiazepines, and their previously popular sedative compatriots Quaaludes and barbiturates, also work on GABA. GABA is relaxing because it reduces neuronal excitability in the nervous system. Whereas serotonin is known to increase heart rate, GABA is known to slow it down. Serotonergic drugs therefore are more likely to come with a stimulant effect, whereas a GABAergic drug, will have a calming one.

Fly agaric mushrooms – also known as Amanita muscaria, fit into the category of GABAergic compounds that can cause hallucinations. They’re just not officially called ‘hallucinogens’. Instead they’re called ‘poisonous mushrooms’. This is just semantics though, as psilocybin mushrooms are also poisonous mushrooms, and neither are known to actually cause death. Sometimes in taxonomy (the classification of everything in science), things can get a little confusing.

Fly agaric mushrooms contain no psilocybin, but instead contain ibotenic acid and muscimol. In some ways they’re almost more well-known than psilocybin mushrooms: think Super Mario Brothers, and the classic picture of a psychedelic mushroom with a big red cap and white spots…that’s a fly agaric mushroom. They’re even arguably the reason for a lot of Christmas mythology including Santa Clause and flying reindeer.

Ibotenic acid is a neurotoxin in high amounts, and has a mode of action on glutamate receptors. It’s broken down by the liver into muscimol, the other main component of these mushrooms. Muscimol is a strong GABA agonist, meaning it forces the brain to release more GABA, which calms the body down. While several drugs can work as agonists on GABA receptors, muscimol has an advantage of binding directly to GABAA receptors, as GABA does itself. This is unlike benzodiazepines and barbiturates, which bind to separate receptors in different places. Muscimol also effects more than one GABA subtype, giving it a combined and stronger reaction in the brain.

Muscimol is known for providing sedative-hypnotic effects, and is often compared to Z-drugs (like Ambien) in that in higher doses it causes euphoria, dream-like states, possible out-of-body experiences, and synesthesia. I often wonder if Ambien was modeled in some way off of muscimol, as plant compounds themselves cannot be patented when discovered in the wild (as fly agaric mushrooms were), requiring pharma companies to create similar compounds that they can use.

Fly agaric vs psilocybin mushrooms

One of the interesting things about fly agaric mushrooms is that they’re not Schedule I like psilocybin mushrooms; which is probably because they don’t originate in the US, and are less well-known. It is now possible to find them in the States, and subsequent to their appearance, they’ve entered the general conversation. I expect their continued legalization stems from the growing acceptance of entheogenic plants; as illegalizing them now might get them more attention than regulatory bodies want. Its hard to control the use of a plant that grows easily in the wild (think of cannabis).

It should not be expected that fly agaric and psilocybin mushrooms produce the same effects, as the chemical compounds driving the responses are wildly different. However, they both work as hallucinogenic mushrooms, and both have a history of uses in different cultures for both spiritual and medicinal purposes.

Psilocybin mushrooms keep a person up for hours because of that stimulant effect. Fly agaric mushrooms are associated with easing stress and anxiety, helping with muscular pain, and by promoting restorative sleep. They are nearly opposites in that way. According to an interview with Jeff Stevens, the CEO of Psyched Wellness – a Canadian Life Sciences Company currently producing the first approved fly agaric product, bad reactions are more about ibotenic acid. He says problems arise when “the ibotenic acid is not converted to muscimol”, at which point, “it can provide quite a nasty experience including sweating, nausea, loss of balance and involuntary bodily movements.”

In terms of his company’s research into muscimol, Stevens said his company is looking at it for “indications for various mental and physical health issues, including sleep, insomnia, addiction and pain. Our initial product will be a tincture designed to provide users with a calming and relaxing effect.”

Conclusion

Those looking for a hallucinogenic experience – for medicinal value or funsies – and who specifically want to avoid the anxiety of a bad trip, should remember that there are different hallucinogens, and they’re not all stimulants. If you want the ‘downer’ hallucinogenic experience instead of the ‘upper’ version, something like fly agaric mushrooms, or ketamine, might be your hallucinogens of choice.

It’s always good to know about the drug you’re doing, and luckily, with psychedelics/hallucinogens becoming more socially acceptable, more information is available. Though psilocybin mushrooms, and other serotonergic hallucinogens, might be great for some people, that whole idea of a ‘bad trip’ is important; and that it essentially resembles an anxiety attack. If you’re someone prone to anxiety, or super sensitive to stimulants, consider which hallucinogen is best for your particular situation. After all, you’ve got a lot of options, and there’s no point in having a bad trip.

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Psyched Wellness is Bringing You Amanita Mushrooms – And It’s All Legal

Magic mushrooms are the new buzz word, but they don’t all fall into just one category. Sure, there are psilocybin magic mushrooms, but there are also amanita mushrooms, for a different kind of high and unique medical advantages. Now, the company Psyched Wellness is offering amanita mushroom products, and the best part is, it’s all legal.

We all know about psilocybin mushrooms, right? Well, now there’s a new mushroom to know about, Amanita muscaria, and these mushrooms are not only legal, but come with a host of medical benefits. If you’re into independent drug reporting concerning the cannabis and psychedelics fields, this is the publication for you. We provide the Cannadelics Weekly Newsletter so readers can stay updated on current events, as well as have access to tons of deals on cannabis products including popular cannabinoid compounds Delta 8 THC, and HHC, and all upcoming hallucinogenic products. Check the ‘best of’ lists for offers, and choose the products you’re most comfortable using.


What are amanita mushrooms?

When you hear the term ‘magic mushrooms’ the go-to association is with psilocybin mushrooms, the shrooms readily found in North and South America, which cause trips and highs by activating serotonin receptors. These mushrooms, along with LSD, DMT, and other compounds, are considered psychedelic hallucinogens.

This group of psychedelic hallucinogens doesn’t include other drugs we often think of as psychedelics, like ketamine. That drug, along with PCP and DXM are all dissociative hallucinogens. There is a third group as well, called deliriant hallucinogens, which includes scopolamine, the drug used to rob people by taking away their ability to argue with perpetrators. These three represent serotonergic, dopaminergic, and anticholinergic hallucinogens only.

This is where amanita mushrooms come in, as hallucinogens that act on a different neurotransmitter, GABA. Amanita muscaria mushrooms – AKA fly agaric, (for their ability to attract and trap flies), are also wild mushrooms that produce some trippy effects, but with an entirely different mode of action then psilocybin mushrooms. Amanita mushrooms are considered poisonous mushrooms, and contain a compound called muscimol, which is GABAergic. This means it acts as an agonist on GABA receptors, and does so in the same way as GABA itself; rather than attaching to different receptor sites like benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and Quaaludes.

Amanita mushrooms

These mushrooms also contain ibotenic acid, which is the compound more likely to make a person sick. This compound is a prodrug (a compound which is biologically inactive until metabolization), and is metabolized in the body to become muscimol. This is similar to psilocybin, which is also a prodrug, and which is useless in the human body until it changes into the other compound found in magic mushrooms, and the real compound of interest, psilocin.

Whereas psilocin acts on serotonin receptors, creating a stimulant response along with its psychedelic effects, muscimol acts on GABA receptors that calm the body down. Amanita mushrooms therefore won’t cause the same kind of ‘bad trip’ as psilocybin mushrooms, since there’s no stimulant effect. They do, however, come with their own reasons for caution in how they’re prepared and eaten, so as not to make a user feel sick. Neither mushroom group is known to cause death (despite the name ‘poisonous’), so even a bad experience with either is only temporary.

Amanita mushrooms are less well-known in the Americas as they’re not native to this region. For the most part they’re found around Northern Europe and Russia (particularly Siberia), and factor into medicinal and shamanistic traditions in those regions. This is probably why they aren’t scheduled in the US Controlled Substances list, which makes them legal to have and use in the US.

A little about Psyched Wellness & Calm

Psyched Wellness is a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange under (CSE:PSYC), which used to be Duncan Park Holdings Corporation. Based out of Toronto, Psyched Wellness is a life sciences company which just finished a pilot run for its new amanita mushrooms product, Calm.

This main offering of the company, Calm, is the first approved amanita mushroom product to hit US markets. According to the company, its made 100% from amanita mushroom caps, is lab tested, detoxified to ensure no bad effects (no ibotenic acid), and can be used to “reduce stress, ease muscular tension, and promote restorative sleep.” The company is taking preorders for the product right now, and interested buyers can reserve themselves a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $49.99. Products are expected to officially hit the market in the fall.

Calm registers as a dietary supplement, which is advertised as ethically sourced. The main component, according to the company’s site, is AME-1 which was developed in the Psyched Wellness laboratories to mimic the naturally extracted compound muscimol. It does not contain naturally occurring muscimol. As this is not a controlled substance, and doesn’t require a prescription, the company is free to sell it without the same complications that currently exist with psilocybin mushrooms, which are still federally illegal as they sit in Schedule I of the controlled substances list.

medical amanita mushrooms

The company is looking to expand its product offering in the future. According to CEO Jeffrey Stevens, “It has been a long journey to get to this point, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my co-founder, David Shisel, our team, KGK Science and Vantage Hemp for all of their hard work and commitment to get us to where we are today. The most exciting part for me is that we have just scratched the surface with respect to potential uses and delivery forms for AME-1. Stay tuned for more to come from Psyched.”

Aside from this compound, the company also sells accompanying sweatshirts, bags, T-shirts, phone covers, water bottles, hats, and mugs, some emblazoned with the well-known image of the red capped mushroom with white spots. While Super Mario Brothers certainly kept this image alive for years, its new entrance into the US sales market is sure to give it an extra popularity boost in the near future.

A bit more on muscimol from amanita mushrooms

For many people, these mushrooms represent something completely new. Whereas psilocybin mushrooms have been used in the Americas for millennia, both for medical and recreational purposes, amanita mushrooms are not well-known to this part of the world. They are therefore a mystery to Americans in terms of what they can do, what to be wary of, and how they differ from standard magic mushrooms. In an interview with Technology Networks, Jeff Stevens gave some insight into these ‘other’ hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Of muscimol he says, “Muscimol is one of the main psychoactive compounds found in the Amanita muscaria mushroom along with ibotenic acid and muscarine. Although it does have psychoactive properties, the effect is very different from psilocybin or psilocin. It reacts with the GABAA receptor and when ingested, it can provide feelings of euphoria and tranquility, an altered sense of hearing and taste, changes to sensory perception and vivid dreams.”

He goes on to stipulate that “If it is not processed properly, where the ibotenic acid is not converted to muscimol, it can provide quite a nasty experience including sweating, nausea, loss of balance and involuntary bodily movements.” This helps explain how amanita mushrooms can cause negative effects, but don’t have to so long as the right usage techniques are employed.

In terms of why we’re only hearing about muscimol now, he says, “We believe the reason muscimol has not been studied to a large degree is because it has been mislabeled as poisonous and as such was overlooked. As a result, there’s not been a lot of scientific studies conducted on muscimol so groups like Psyched Wellness need to start from the ground up, making it more time consuming and more expensive.”

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Muscimol

When it comes to the legality of the mushrooms, he explains, “Amanita muscaria are considered food and are principally regulated under the Federal Drug Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act in Canada and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and The Nutrition Labelling and Education Act in the USA. As a result, the challenges that other compounds face with extraction, regulation and or administration are not a factor.”

Psyched Wellness has been going over accumulated research on these mushrooms, looking for different applications. Says Stevens, “we believe muscimol could show positive indications for various mental and physical health issues, including sleep, insomnia, addiction and pain.”

Conclusion

Amanita mushrooms represent a different option in the world of hallucinogenic treatment. It’s not just about standard psychedelics anymore, and amanita mushrooms, with their main psychoactive constituent muscimol, offer an entirely different approach to helping with mental and physical health.

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