[identity profile] faerieboy.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] ethnobotanpharm
So I picked two lovely Amanita muscaria var. formosas yesterday and from what I've been reading they aren't the horrid danger that common "knowledge" claims. The one ID book I have does say that the US versions cause more physical problems then the Siberian ones, but gives no evidence to back it up. The author isn't one of us, and I kind of feel that he's just covering his own ass. Any one have any thoughts on this, or any thing else related to these lovely sacraments?

On another note, got a little story to share...

Over the weekend I went to a party and carried with me Professor Potter's Miracle Elixer, the medicine you need to keep going ALL NIGHT LONG! When asked what was in it, "Every stimulant I had in my house I could legally share. Mugwort, damiana, yerba mate, Inkos Energy Tea, coca leaf, bee pollen, raw sugar, ginger, and caffeine pills. I'm known as an explorer of the outer spheres and people should have known better then to take such words lightly, they kept coming back for more...even when I warned them "only need a few sips." Of course the next day people kept coming up and whining "what did you do to me, I was so fucked up, I still haven't slept." I'm rather happy with my formulations, the flavour was splendid and it was bloody potent. I've decided there's been a real need for patent medicines in this modern world, so I'm ordering bulk 4oz jars, designing labels and going into business. I'll be able to circumvent liquor laws at my circus and offer a much healthier variety of alternatives. I can't see anyone building a real case against home made energy drinks being sold along side tea and coffee at a show.

On this note, I was at Lunacy Cabaret in Toronto (best damn show around!) in June and there was a shot girl with a cannabis shot and an herbal ecstasy shot. She gave my friend and I a grassy test tube to split and from 1/2 a tube I had a wonderful warm fuzzy feeling all night long. I don't think there was any alcohol in it and I'm stumped on how to make it. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear. With luck I'll be going back in a few weeks and will try her other flavour and maybe even exchange recipes with her. If you ever end up in TO when their show is playing, make sure to bring an extra 15$, the herbal E was 10 and the other was 5 a shot, and the grass one was more then worth it.

Date: 2008-09-03 07:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lyght.livejournal.com
I actually have an impartial academic source on Amanita muscaria...I do not have it with me at the moment. IIRC, not only can one use it with relative impunity, it doesn't metabolize well either -- the primary vehicle in Siberia was reindeer piss.

/truth stranger than fiction

Date: 2008-09-03 10:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lyght.livejournal.com
*refers to source*

Okay, so I didn't get the story quite right, but yeah...the stuff can basically be recycled. If you're into that. *gags*

"Although very few deaths have been reported from [muscimol] poisoning, 10 or more mushrooms can constitute a fatal dose." Also cites possibility of convulsions upon eating "many" mushrooms. Still, not nearly as scary as the others in the genus, enough so that I've considered trying it myself. "Treatment" is basically to wait it out.

I've also read reports that European A. muscaria is slightly different in terms of muscarine levels than North American A. muscaria or A. pantherina. So local stuff might not be quite as fun, if you're not all about the rabies look.

Date: 2009-01-14 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cindy-lee-hhp.livejournal.com
Is that legal in Canada? Anyway, I have heard people say that you can steep cannabis like you do teas, and then drink the liquid. I have never tried it, so I have no idea if it works. If you try something like that let me know your reaction.
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