Amanita Muscaria vs Psilocybin Mushrooms: What's the Difference?
As psychedelics are gaining popularity across the country, amanita muscaria mushrooms are now in the spotlight as a legal alternative to psilocybin. With its iconic red caps and white spots, this mushroom is well known in pop culture as it is portrayed in Super Mario Brothers and Alice in Wonderland. But what is it exactly? How does it affect the mind and body? If you are curious about what some call the “Delta 8 of magic mushrooms” and how it compares to psilocybin, this article is for you.
What is Amanita Muscaria?
Amanita Muscaria, otherwise known as the fly agaric mushroom, grows natively in the northern hemisphere. Historically, they were closely associated with northern European and Asian shamans and their spiritual rituals. There is even historical evidence that the shamanic rituals surrounding the use of these magical mushrooms is what birthed the story of Santa Claus that we know today. (More on that here, prepare to have your mind blown!) Thousands of years ago, its use spread to North America and into Mesoamerica where it is used religiously and recreationally to this day.
What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin mushrooms are a class of mushrooms that contain the psilocybin compound. The most popular mushroom in this class is the psilocybe semilanceata, otherwise known as the liberty cap mushroom. Like the amanita muscaria mushroom, it also originated from the northern hemisphere and made its way down to Mesoamerica. Its popularity in American culture skyrocketed in the 1960s when R. Gordon Wasson traveled to Mexico and experienced an indigenous mushroom ceremony. His experience was published in Life magazine, which kickstarted the Psychedelic 60s and paved the way for hundreds of clinical studies on its usefulness until it was outlawed as a Schedule I drug in 1970.
Mechanisms of Action
While psilocybin mushrooms and amanita muscaria mushrooms are both psychotropic and hallucinogenic, they each work on the brain in different ways. The chemical structure of psilocybin is similar to the neurotransmitter called serotonin and its primary effect is on the receptors for serotonin. There is also evidence that psilocybin reduces the reuptake of serotonin by neurons in the brain allowing this neurotransmitter more time to act in the synapse.
On the other hand, the muscimol and ibotenic acid found in amanita muscaria act on the GABA neurotransmitter system. As a GABA agonist, muscimol activates the receptor for GABA which is the body’s principal inhibitory neurotransmitter.
Effects on the Mind and Body
When it comes to how amanita muscaria and psilocybin affect the mind and body during a trip, the experiences share many similarities though there are some key differences. While both types of mushroom trips have been known to induce a euphoric and altered perceptive state of mind, users have reported that Amanita mushroom effects are on the milder end of the hallucinogenic spectrum. The “high” is often described as very relaxing, tranquil, and somewhat sedating. Some say it is a mellower experience compared to psilocybin, making it more ideal for beginners. At comparable doses, an amanita muscaria mushroom high does bring on visual hallucinations though they are not as intense as a psilocybin high.
Since amanita is a GABA agonist and can also be used as a mild pain reliever, it can produce a body high that some describe as a tingly and mildly numbing sensation. Its role as a GABA agonist also gives it potential to be an anticonvulsant, and therefore a possible remedy for epilepsy whereas psilocybin is not. If not properly prepared in its raw state, amanita muscaria mushrooms can cause nausea and indigestion. However, if you opt for an edible like Modus Voodoo Mushroom Gummies, this shouldn’t be an issue.
By comparison, psilocybin trips can be more intense especially at larger doses. Many users report feeling a little more impaired during their psilocybin trips as opposed to amanita muscaria. Because of the difference in their mechanisms of action, psilocybin has less of a sedating effect and less of a body high.
What is the Legal Status of Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms?
Although amanita muscaria can produce psychotropic effects, it is currently not classified as a controlled substance under U.S. federal law. With the exception of Louisiana, it is perfectly legal to purchase amanita mushroom products. Psilocybin on the other hand is a Schedule I substance, meaning it is illegal to possess and distribute.
Modus Voodoo Mushroom Gummies
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