Fly Agaric is a poisonous and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus that forms a symbiotic relationship with various coniferous and leaf trees, such as birch, pine and pine, and often grows nearby. There are many different types of amanita muscaria with different appearances. The Amanita genus contains some of the most toxic fungi. Names like the “death spatter” and the “destructive angel” (A. bisporigera and A. ocreata in East and West North America and A. virosa in Europe) explain themselves quite a bit.
The latter is an elegant terminology that means an exchange of organic products between fungi and plants. It can be compared to a “scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” situation. The flying agaric fungus benefits from the sugar reserves it receives from the tree and ‘borrows’ its extra nutrients from the tree in return. This is just one example of such a relationship, but it is the main strategy used by many plants and fungi. It also has benefits for the immune system because if taken often enough it will create a culture in your body and protect your immune system. People have impregnated wooden bowls with it for centuries and routinely drank it and then washed it so that the amanita can consume the wax we now know is full of germs.
Without treatment, six to sixteen days after poisoning, people begin to feel weak, then very sick, and shortly after organ failure and death. Muscaria is known as eaten for culinary purposes in parts of Europe, North America and Japan. Muscaria are soluble in water: by removing the fungi from sancochar and removing the water, the fungi can be considered edible. William Rubel and David Aurora recognize that there is not much published information about the edible of A. Muscaria, but they claim that it is, actually sancochado, a delicious sweet-tasting fungus.
Colorful fertile bodies can generally be seen between late summer and early winter. Reading about the amanita fly is a psychedelic journey in itself; Fairy tales and stories associated with A. Along the way we come across modern ideas that suggest that Jesus may have been a mushroom. Then there is the connection to Santa Claus, in his red and white suit that reflects the red and white spots of A. The iconographic representation of this red cap and the white spotted mushroom has deeply permeated our idea of mushrooms: cultural associations add much more to their mysticism.
Shamans will collect and drink the reindeer urine that is known to have recently consumed the amanita fly. My son picked them up and ate them in bare slices and baked in butter with salt and pepper. I am in no way a big fan of edible mushrooms, but he ate 3 capsules and had no ill effects. He said he would eat them happily again because they had a rich meaty taste. The place we picked them up was in the field at Carluke in a small open copy of trees.
Phalloides, only half a fungus contains enough poison to kill an adult human. After eating a “death hats” meal, some people have no immediate effect, while others buy fly agaric may feel sick within a few hours and recover after a few hours. Meanwhile, amatoxins and phalotoxins are starting to cause damage to the liver and kidneys.
The fungus has been widely transported to the Southern Hemisphere, including New Zealand, Australia, South America and South Africa, which are generally found under introduced pines. Although not related to other psychoactive fungi such as the Psilocybe species, it has also been used in shamanic crops to connect to the spirit world. The main psychoactive compound in this fungus is muscimol and the effects are different from those of psilocybin-containing fungi.
Most Amanita trips end with the individual lying asleep, although the active components are still at work. With your brain waves already stimulated to a harmonized theta state, you almost immediately come into dreams. These dreams are extremely vivid, clear and full of lessons. Most of the psychoactive benefits of a flying agaric are in the dream world. It is almost impossible to describe what can be experienced in the spirit of individual sleep, but almost all reports share that dreams are positive and enlightening.