Hallucinogenic and Poisonous
Mushroom Field Guide
50 black & white illustrations
32 color photos
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This unique book features:
¥ How to collect, identify, and dry samples
¥ Useful keys and charts
¥ Chemical qualities of psychoactive species
¥ Genus and species detailed information
¥ Taxonomy and identifying characteristics
¥ Latin, microscopic and macroscopic glossaries
¥ Fifty drawings and 32 color
Psilocybin and psilocin are both indole alkaloids which are closely related chemically. These alkaloids have been found in certain species of the genera Psilocybe, Panaeolus, Panaeolina, and Conocybe.
Ingestion of mushrooms containing psilocybin will cause the body to metabolize the alkaloid to psilocin, and when distributed to the brain, psilocin will produce effects less pronounced and of a shorter duration than those observed with LSD.
Psilocin is more than twice as strong as psilocybin. Baeocystin and norbaeocystin are also suspected of being active substances. These two alkaloids are found only in certain species of the genus Psilocybe.
Psilocin induces an altered state of awareness by interfering with the transmission of stimuli that regulate the processing of information. While the alkaloids are effective in small concentrations, no physical dependence results from the use of psilocin.
of these mushrooms can quickly produce increased
tolerance, requiring higher dosages for
psychoactivity. Smoking psilocybin or psilocin is
not believed to cause psychoactivity other than
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