Amanita Muscaria

Two amanita muscaria mushrooms growing wild in a field

Description

 Amanita Muscaria is an ancient mushroom that has been enjoyed for thousands of years by people all over the world. Users report mind-opening psychedelic experiences.

Legality

 Legality varies depending on the state or country. US states that have laws concerning it are listed below, followed by information about the legality in other countries. If no information is listed for a country or state then it is fully legal.

  • Louisiana: Effective Aug 8, 2005 (signed into law Jun 28, 2005) Louisiana Act No 159 makes 40 plants illegal, including Amanita muscaria, when intended for human consumption. The law specifically excludes the “possession, planting, cultivation, growing, or harvesting” of these plants if used “strictly for aesthetic, landscaping, or decorative purposes.”
  • Tennessee: Tennessee did not pass the proposed bill that would have banned dozens of plants as “hallucinogenic” when intended for human consumption.
Other Countries
  • Australia: Amanita muscaria is somewhat controlled for importation (requires listing on forms if an active ingredient in an imported supplement or herbal preparation – 1990 no 394 “therapeutic goods regulations”). Muscimol may be a controlled substance in Australia.
  • Belgium: We have been told that Amanita muscaria mushrooms are officially listed as being “of interest” in Belgium, but are currently not controlled.
  • Brazil: Amanita muscaria mushrooms are not controlled in Brazil.
  • Bulgaria: Amanita muscaria is legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • Costa Rica: Amanita muscaria grows wild and is legal to buy, sell, and possess.
  • England: Amanita muscaria is widely sold throughout the UK in shops.
  • Canada: Amanita muscaria are not controlled in Canada
  • Cypress: Amanita muscaria are legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • Denmark: Amanita muscaria are legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • Estonia: Amanita muscaria legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • Finland: Amanita muscaria are legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • France: Amanita muscaria does not appear to be controlled in France.
  • Greece: No controls reported in Greece.
  • Ireland: Amanita muscaria are legal to sell, buy, and possess. We have been told that it doesn’t appear in the statute books and is not filed under misuse of drugs act.
  • Israel: Disputed status. In May 2006, SD reported to us that the Israeli laws do not list Amanita muscaria, but an earlier contributor said that the Israeli Health Office includes Amanita muscaria on a list of interdicted plants.
  • Italy: No controls reported in Italy.
  • Japan: Despite the 2002 scheduling of psilocybes in Japan, Amanita muscaria are still legal and sold openly at smart shops.
  • Mexico: According to one visitor, psychoactive Amanitas are legal to buy, sell, and possess. Used in some traditional rituals in Hidalgo, Michoacan and Estado de Mexico.
  • Netherlands: Effective Dec 1 2008, Amanita  muscaria and Amanita pantherina are illegal to buy, sell, or possess.
  • Norway: Amanita muscaria are legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • New Zealand: Amanita muscaria are legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • Romania: Romania banned Salvia divinorum, Amanita muscaria, and kratom as of February 2010. Previously they were legal to sell, buy, and possess and were available in smartshops.
  • Sweden: Amanita muscaria are legal to sell, buy, and possess.
  • Switzerland: Amanita muscaria do not appear to be controlled in Switzerland. 

Effects

Amanita Muscaria contains muscimol that produces feelings of euphoria, hallucinations, muscle jerks, drowsiness, sweating, and pupil dilation. Symptoms appear 30 to 90 minutes after eating this mushroom and are most intense after two or three hours. Symptoms include blurred vision, loss of motor skills, physical relaxation or a sedative like effect, euphoria and a “dream like” state of being. The experience is said to be very different from that of psilocybin. People who eat these mushrooms sometimes fall into a deep sleep. Some people describe the effects of eating Amanita’s as similar to being intoxicated by alcohol with a psychedelic twist.

Dosage

Oral Amanita muscaria Dosages
Light 1 – 5 g (1 medium cap)
Common 5 – 10 g (1 – 3 medium caps)
Strong 10 – 30 g (2 – 6 medium caps)

Tips

Although Amanitas are distinctive and easy to identify, nobody should try and pick them unless they are with a licensed mycologist. Remember, with any mushroom, there are much more poisonous ones then there are psychedelic ones! Be sure to buy these from a reliable source such as Bouncing Bear Botanicals.

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