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Psilocybin Mushrooms has some distinctive physical features that make it easily identifiable from others. Psilocybin mushroom typically refers to mushroom that contains hallucinogenic and mind altering properties such as Psilocybin and psilocin. The saprophytic plant is usually found in the fields and forests of tropical areas. There are an extensive range of Psilocybin Mushrooms plants with nearly two hundred different types with Psilocybin properties. While Psilocybin Mushrooms are predominantly strewn across Mexico, there are specific locations in many other parts of the world where Psilocybin Mushrooms can be found.
Antecedents of Psilocybin Mushrooms
From a historical standpoint, exploring the origins of Psilocybin Mushrooms would require an investigation into various cultures and how Psilocybin Mushrooms have been used for religious, spiritual and ceremonial functions. When exploring the antecedent of Psilocybin Mushrooms, it becomes clear due to various inquiries and investigations that Psilocybin Mushrooms was originally associated with the region of Tassili which is located in the northern part of Algeria. A cave in the tassili region was discovered to have paintings that suggest the use of Psilocybin Mushrooms in the practice of shamanism.
One culture with the most pervasive use of Psilocybin Mushrooms is the Native Americans. The use of Psilocybin Mushrooms amongst Native Americans predates the arrival and influence of Europeans on the continent. Psilocybin Mushrooms was used for a variety of ceremonial and religious functions which included foretelling, restoration and therapy as well as for union and communal bonding. Bernardino de Sahagún who is an explorer and priest, after a voyage to Central America that the natives have an intricate understanding of the various Psilocybin Mushrooms, with an acute awareness of their functionalities and benefits. He revealed that they pioneered the finding of the applications of Peiotl roots and much more.
In addition, he revealed how Psilocybin Mushrooms permeated every aspect of Aztec culture. Mushrooms are called teonanácatl by the Aztecs which translates into god mushroom. Various investigations by experts indicate that mushrooms were used for spiritual functions and a means to have conversations with gods. Contrastingly, following the subjugation of Central and South America by the Spanish which heralded the imposition of Christianity in the form Catholicism, Psilocybin Mushrooms and other forms of mind-altering herbs were banned the assumption was it was a means of conversing with Satan. While prohibitions were widespread, far-flung areas still continued with the use of Psilocybin Mushrooms and other mind-altering herbs.
The popularity of psychedelic mushroom escalated after the visit and involvement of Gordon Wasson with his spouse Valentina. As part of the investigation carried out by Gordon, he engaged in the shamanic practice with the help of Marina Sabina who used mind altering mushrooms for curative purposes. Gordon participated in a number of meetings where psychedelic mushrooms were used, after which he went back to America and wrote about is encounter on Life magazine.
The write-up by Gordon popularized mushrooms and triggered a commensurate demand which made many young generation liberals to make trips to Mexico to search for psychedelic mushrooms. The popularity and pervasiveness of psychedelic mushrooms in America was intensified in the late 60’s and 70’s with massive manufacture and utilization of mind-altering mushrooms and LSD. The extensive use and availability of psychoactive mushrooms and LSD forced government intervention in which put a ban on mushrooms as an unlawful substance, categorized with cocaine and other criminal drugs.
Concocting and Ritual
For people with a cultural background in the use of psychedelic mushroom, concocting psychedelic mushroom is exceedingly convenient as all that is required is to pick the mushrooms. While this does not pose a challenge, it is important and imperative that you identify the correct mushroom as there are closely identical mushrooms that are toxic. Some accounts show that psychedelic mushrooms that they were ingested with honey. Proof of the method of psychedelic mushroom consumption was offered by De Sahagun & Anderson in 1975.
Contemporary Mazatec psychedelic mushroom ritual involves a vigil that would often comprise of a therapeutic ceremony. Shamanic songs, dance and periodic claps are often part of the rituals. The religion stipulates that a female virgin would harvest the mushrooms which would then be placed in a church. This is reflective of the fact that there has been Christian infusion into the Mazatec practice.
Impact of Psychedelic Mushrooms
Following the consumption of psychedelic mushroom, you would experience alterations in hearing, seeing and perceptiveness which would be profound after half an hour or one hour. While nervousness is commonly felt by most people in the first few minutes, there would be a heightened feeling of elation that would be accompanied by unmatched cerebral and emotional enlightenment. With the impact of the mushroom intensifying in the system, individuals may begin to experience an irresistible and intense graphic and hearing vision. Physiological alterations would include headache, queasiness, stomach discomfort, enlarged pupil, accelerated pulse, and dizziness with the entire experience spanning a period of two to seven hours depending on other variables.
The physiological consequences of psychedelic mushroom can be very dangerous especially when taken in large quantities. The impact would be very profound thus engendering a close to death encounter where the individual is completely oblivious of self or existence and begins an altered communication with unknown entities. Psychedelic mushroom has consistently produced a similar hearing alteration in individuals who claim that they experience an elderly man’s voice which manifests are not loud or fast. Although there is consistency in the nature of the voice, the content of the message is different from one person to the other but is essentially encouraging, beneficial and curative. Other people who have had this experience describe the voice as celestial or the god like.
Terence McKenna who was an expert botanist before his demise, maintained that psychedelic mushroom provides a gateway to psychic interactions with other Martian forms. Terence purported that psychedelic mushroom is a plant of alien origin which was carried to other planets and realms via various spores contained in comets. He explained further that these spurs would then grow with the goal of fostering interaction between the enlightened life forms of the planet and various intelligences in the universe.
In conformity with the aforesaid explanation proffered by Terence McKenna, many people talk about having encounters with pixies, fairies, spirits, Martians and divinities once they consume mushrooms. Various stories form people who have consumed psychedelic mushroom is very similar to people who have had experience using DMT. However, there seems to be a little difference in that DMT accounts often tell about being tested and studied as a specimen by intellectually superior, Martian life forms in the form of insect-like experts. Unlike DMT, Psychedelic mushroom experiences often involve interaction with dead relatives, elements of animals and plants that are of earth origin. Essentially, the mushroom experience integrates both Ayahuasca and unadulterated DMT encounter.
The Therapeutic Uses of Mushrooms
The mind altering properties of psychedelic mushroom prompted the interest of John Hopkins University which led to investigations into the spiritual relevance of the plant. The results of the investigations uncovered that one of three persons who have had a psychedelic mushroom experience had the highest spiritual encounter of their existence. In addition to this, nearly 80% of persons claimed that their health progressed after the investigation. After one year and two months following the investigation, about 95% of partakers stated that eating psychedelic mushroom was amongst the remarkably gratifying experience of their existence while 39% maintained that eating psychedelic mushroom was the peak of relevant occurrences of their existence. Psychedelic mushroom has also shown to enhance the behavior features in the areas of thoughts, emotions, and ideologies, while widening thinking and conceptual process. The results of the investigation are groundbreaking as previous studies assert that your behavior cannot evolve once you are thirty years old.
Psychedelic mushroom has shown to be very advantageous when consumed by people that are about to die as they become more optimistic about imminent death. In psychological and mental health, investigations show that psychedelic mushroom is particularly advantageous in treating anxiety, depression, Post traumatic stress disorder and a list of other related conditions.
The investigation also revealed that psychedelic mushroom would facilitate the treatment of compulsive use of tobacco and liquor with more relevancies and applications yet to be uncovered.