Preparation of Amanita muscaria

First, a observe on taxonomy.  Taxonomy is essential so listen.  Amanita muscaria doesn’t happen within the USA aside from the yellow type that grows within the PNW.   Within the USA we get Amanita muscaria var. flavivolvata in many of the nation, and Amanita muscaria var. persicina within the southeast.  fly amanita happens in Europe and Alaska.

This technique isn’t one thing merely learn from a e-book and handed alongside. It’s a tried and true technique (on my own an many others). This excellent mushroom has a oddly harmful “taboo” surrounding it which is undeserved. Granted, it does comprise some toxins. These have been HIGHLY overemphasized, *PLUS* there was an excessive amount of misinformation about this mushroom (and its species cousins.). This is because of quite a lot of causes which I’ll attempt to clarify right here.

First; the process. Make sure that the cap to stem ratio is stored about three:1, the identical as it’s discovered per mushroom within the pure state.   (this in all probability doesn’t matter)  Dry on display screen within the oven on the bottom setting with door cracked open. This solely takes an hour or so at most. Render right into a powder in a small electrical espresso or spice grinder/mill; the finer the higher. I attempt to attain a powder dimension like baking powder and definitely finer than espresso. This WILL NOT have an effect on the exercise of the tip product, it solely makes ingestion harder. Use round 1 cup water per dose and begin with a bit greater than this to permit for evaporation throughout processing.
The decrease finish dose/particular person is eight grams dried and the higher finish is 15 to 20 grams dried. What follows is a very powerful a part of all the ritual of preparation. Convey the water as much as inside a couple of levels of 190 levels (F). Use a top quality sweet thermometer or higher but, a lab thermometer. This temperature should not differ greater than 22 levels on the higher finish. A bit simmering will not kill it, however it is a sign that one has reached no less than 212. You may discover stirring lowers the temperature in a short time, however it’s finest to maintain an in depth eye on issues all through. As soon as 190 has been reached, stir within the powered materials and depart to steep no less than 30 minutes. I often depart it there for no less than half hour to three/four hour, stirring regularly.

Enable to chill till heat sufficient to drink. That is all there may be to it!

There’s little to no proof that correct preperation of Amanita muscaria is critical, however it’s in all of the books, so we hold doing it….

Some hippies eat recent Amanita muscaria uncooked, others fry it in butter.   Frying it in butter is essentially the most scrumptious solution to put together it.

The energetic precept in Amanita muscaria was up to now considered muscarine. Dr. Albert Hofmann and Dr. Richard Schultes have found that ibotenic acid and muscimol because the energetic ideas. The ibotenic acid fraction is transformed, through the refluxing in water, into muscimol. Inconsequential quantities of different alkaloids ARE current, however largely inactive mentally.

Muscarine can be current on this mushroom in tiny quantities however that doesn’t matter.

A part of the explanations behind the medical misinformation surrounding Amanita muscaria is because of the truth that many individuals who’ve introduced to physicians with said “mushroom poisoning” had been typically thought to have ingested A. phalloides. They then often promptly administer atropine, which might be retarded if one HAD INDEED ingested this poisonous mushroom as a result of the proper antidote is sillymarin. But it surely solely exacerbates poisonous results of the uncooked Amanita muscaria a number of hundred fold, generally leading to a loopy journey for the affected person. Recognized deaths recorded from it are uncommon.  One particular person ate so much and died 100 years in the past, however it’s not nicely documented and its exhausting to say why he died.  Different individuals have frozen to demise after consuming Amanita muscaria, others have died by aspirating their vomit, and others have gone quickly loopy and had been killed by the police.

Abstain from ALL OTHER medicine for 24 hours earlier to ingestion. (why?) Likewise throughout all the expertise and eight or so after. From half to 1 half hours after ingestion (ideally on an empty abdomen) (however that provides you low blood sugar so in all probability a foul journey)   you’ll start to get drowsy. You could discover (on larger doses), barely blurred imaginative and prescient, watery eyes and/or a little bit of a runny nostril. One will start to really feel more and more relaxed. At this level it is very important lie down in a space the place you’ll not be disturbed and sleep.

This stage is vital. I discover a alchemical analogy of the physique, on this case being the alembic, during which the crude product is reworked into the purest soma. (lol)  Dreaming might be EXTREMELY intense, and generally the transition from dreaming to what appears a transparent and lucid dream upon awakening presents itself. Awakening and arising is sort of a caterpillar metamorphosing right into a butterfly. This isn’t like anything.

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