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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Magic Mushrooms

The most common type of magic mushroom found in the UK in early-late autumn is the Psilocybe semilanceata or the liberty cap, noted for the "nipple" at the top of the head.

These mushrooms, photographed at Cadbury Castle, grow on grassy meadows where cows and sheep have grazed and appear between September and November.

Magic mushrooms are an illegal Class A drug in the UK, since the Drugs Act of 2005 closed the loophole where fresh ones were legal but dried ones were not. The effects of a trip on dried mushrooms or shroom tea can be described as giggly and mildly trippy. Side effects can include paranoia and a bad stomach.

Magic mushrooms are normally dried out at room temperature over 24-48 hours on a sheet of newspaper or a clean towel or put them in a closed plastic container with some silica gel. Cracker dry is the usual description for the shrooms to be ready to ingest. Fresh magic mushrooms only stay fresh for a little over 3 days.

Magic mushrooms contain the psychedelic chemicals psilocybin and psilocin and should always be taken with care and in small quantities.

If you begin to feel unwell or upset eat something and drink a fresh juice like orange juice to bring you down.

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