Amanita Muscaria and Psychedelic Mushrooms: What’s the Difference?

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You might have seen the amanita mushroom before, even if you don’t know its name. It’s the mushroom with a bright red cap and white spots you see in fairy tales and Super Mario’s world. It’s surprisingly common for something that’s both strongly psychoactive and poisonous.

Before we dive in, let’s quickly explain the differences between amanita and magic mushrooms.

Does the Amanita Mushroom Have Psychedelic Properties?

Psychedelic substances usually affect the brain’s serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a key brain chemical that influences our mood and perceptions.

Does Muscimol Contain Psychedelic Compounds?

Whether you call muscimol a psychedelic depends on how you define the term. It’s not a traditional psychedelic like LSD, DMT, or psilocybin. But some might consider muscimol a psychedelic under a broader definition. Let’s compare muscimol and psilocybin, the compound in magic mushrooms.

Muscimol vs. Psilocybin

Amanita mushrooms, with their muscimol, look and act very differently from magic mushrooms, which contain psilocybin. These compounds are key to their different effects.

Magic Mushrooms Effects

Psilocybin acts similarly to serotonin, affecting brain receptors to create a psychedelic experience. This can change how you see and understand your world, often including visual effects and deep insights.

Amanita Muscaria Effects

Amanita mushrooms contain muscimol and ibotenic acid. In the body, ibotenic acid changes into muscimol, which is more like GABA, another brain chemical. GABA calms the brain, reducing neuron activity and communication.

Is Amanita Muscaria Legal?

Unlike mushrooms with psilocybin, amanita muscaria is legal. Psilocybin is banned under the Controlled Substances Act, but amanita muscaria isn’t listed. It’s interesting that the mushroom known for dreamy effects is allowed, while the one linked to spiritual experiences is not.

How To Consume Amanita Muscaria

You don’t need to look for red-capped mushrooms. Amanita muscaria is technically poisonous. Eating it wrong can cause serious problems like confusion, nausea, and more. Never eat it raw. Traditionally, people cook it or prepare it carefully to avoid its toxic effects.

 

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