Amanita muscaria Anecdotes
Steven Pollock, J. Psych Medication Oct-Dec 1975.
“Once we returned to a good friend’s residence, we boiled six caps of assorted dimensions. Frank consumed two in his mushroom soup and I ate 4 (the same old dose being one to 4 caps). The style was one thing like hen. Curiously, I grew to become nauseated inside minutes however the feeling was fleeting. Inside a half hour I observed many peculiar results. Audition grew to become enhanced and synesthesias grew to become distinguished with multi-modality overflow. I started to style odors, to small tastes, and even to listen to odors and tastes. Visible disturbances had been nearly non-existent, however I observed frequent recurrent gustatory, olfactory and auditory flashes. Tactile sensation grew to become markedly enhanced. Occasional moments of nausea occurred throughout the first two hourse of the expertise, however then the pseudo-delirium settled right into a profound euphoric state of consciousness. Equilibrium was affected as by ethyl alcohol all through the intoxication, however mentation in distinction remained unimpaired. After six hours, although nonetheless underneath the Amanita affect, I retired for an evening of sound sleep. Frank skilled a state of wellbeing and restfulness with none nausea. He felt a sharpening of auditory, gustatory, and tactile sensations. Whereas having a shower throughout the night, Frank appeared to style cleanliness and he later slept nicely.
“Just a few days later we once more tempted our destiny however with dried Amanitas. I ate 4 caps and Frank consumed three. Every of us skilled a nice intoxication with solely gentle sensory alterations together with refined echo patterns. Frank did really feel nauseated, nonetheless, for the primary half hour, however the predominant impact afterwards was induction of euphoria. A nonintoxicated observer observed no distinctive adjustments in our conduct.”
“Research of Amanita” J. Psych Medication Jan-Mar 1976.
“On two events within the fall of 1975, I ingested dried caps of Amanita muscaria from Washington. The mushroom caps had been eaten as `Amanita chips,’ and had been tasty. On the primary event, I ingested the chips together with a number of grams of Psilocybe cyanescens Wakefield from Washington which had been estimated to comprise a minimum of 1 p.c psilocin dry weight. The impact skilled subsequently don’t have any bearing on Amanita toxicity. On the second event, I ingested about 30 grams of the dried caps, and after an hour started to expertise a really nice opium-like sedation with slight visible phenomena, just like these described for Amanita pantherina intoxication, though of lesser depth. I skilled distinct muscarinic results, characterised by profuse salivation and gentle perspiration. Three associates who ingested the mushrooms with me reported comparable results. The muscarinic signs had been by no means disagreeable. Both these impact had been as a consequence of muscarine within the carpophores (during which case Amanita muscaria from Washington should comprise a a lot larger focus of muscarine than is reported for European specimens), or they had been produced by some yet-unidentified compound with muscarinic exercise.
“Once more, I skilled no nausea or different adversarial results. The intoxication was skilled for about 5 hours, after which I went to sleep and awoke the subsequent morning with no after-effects. Throughout the expertise I observed a moderately profound diminution of coordination and stability, results just like superior phases of ethanol intoxication. There have been, nonetheless, no results of clouding of consciousness or slurring of speech. One of many associates who ingested the mushrooms with me skilled slight nausea, however no different adversarial results had been reported.”
Amanita pantherina anecdote.
“Within the spring of 1975, after finishing the above survey, I collected some early specimens of Amanita pantherina close to Tenino, Washington. I sliced and sauteed the mushrooms, and divided them into six parts, consisting of about one half cup of fabric every. The six parts had been ingested on my own and 5 associates, one among whom ingested solely half of a dose, the remaining half being ingested, together with a full portion, by one other of my associates. All of us loved the style of the mushrooms.
“After an hour had elapsed, I had concluded that the dosage degree was too low, and had retired to my residence to construct a fireplace and research. About 90 minutes after ingestion, nonetheless, whereas hyperventilating into my wooden range in an try to start out the hearth, I observed that I used to be experiencing adjustments in visible notion. These results grew to become stronger over the subsequent hour or some, and had been characterised by sensing an `alive high quality’ in inanimate objects, wavy movement within the visible area like a Van Gogh canvas (no colour notion was related to the movement, nonetheless, as is so generally encountered following ingestion of LSD, psilocybin, or mescaline), and gentle distortion of dimension, distance and depth notion. Auditory hallucination had been additionally distinguished — particularly the impact, referred to as `anahata sounds’ of yoga, of listening to high quality high-pitched feels like bells and violin strings. I skilled solely slight impairment of motor coordination and stability, comparable to can be produced by a small quantity of ethanol, equal to 2 or three bottles of beer. In distinction to the impact of ethanol, nonetheless, there was no slurring of speech or clouding of consciousness. Whereas I felt as if my conciousness was in some way eliminated and distant from the environment, I skilled a way of nice readability, as I usually expertise following ingestion of psilocybin-containing mushrooms. It appeared to me that the psychic impact had been emanating from the `ajna chakra’, the so-called `third eye’ — a locus above and between the eyes. I skilled no muscular spasms, cramps, vomiting, or nausea of any form. The expertise was completely pleasurable, and lasted about seven hours. I used to be struck by the distinctive high quality of the impact whereas I discover the psychic results of LSD, psilocybin-containing mushrooms, and peyote to be comparable, to be, because it had been, on a continuum of associated expertise, I felt the Amanita pantherina was distinctly completely different.
“Of my 5 associates, two skilled slight nausea, and just one felt drowsy. This particular person slept for about an hour, and awoke feeling refreshed. Two of my associates alleged that that they had by no means been so excessive on hallucinogenic medicine earlier than. One in all these associates, the one that ingested half once more as a lot of the fried mushrooms as I, skilled a whole dissociative response, and was unable to speak with the remainder of the group for about 5 hours. Whereas on this state, he was periodically trying to articulate his ideas, however was completely incapable of communication. Throughout this part of his intoxication, we had been speaking about this historical past of Fly amanita and urine ingestion in Siberia. The topic within the dissociated state later reported the expertise of vivid waking goals which had been associated, by way of weird imagery, to the matters of the conversations we had been conducting round him. After about 5 hours of dissociative expertise, the topic started to reestablish contact with the remainder of us and inside 90 minutes was totally rational, although shaken and frightened. None of us skilled any after-effects.”