First, thanks for all the great info here! I’m new to the
forum, but have been reading the site for a while to get info on various
substances. I would appreciate any feedback that might help explain my recent
(first and only) attempt with Amanita shrooms. I have recently started learning
about wild harvesting and mushroom identification. When visiting a friend in
south Mississippi last week, my husband and I went nutz when we found a
beautiful little patch of Amanita
Muscaria var Persicina when tromping around a plantation pine forest.
According to wiki, “Recent DNA evidence has shown Amanita muscaria var. persicina
to be a distinct species from Amanita
muscaria and it will be getting its own species status soon.” We feel
very confident that we did a correct I.D. From my research, it seemed this eastern
shroom has the same effect as the typical Amanita Muscaria, but we only got the
unpleasant effects when we tried it. We have some experience with cubies, and
knew going in that this was a different animal. Here’s what we did:
Dried in the oven 120-150F with a fan blowing until dry,
then put in a box with desiccant for several days. They were cracker dry.
I weighed out 20 grams (caps only) for two people, following
advice to take it easy on the first attempt. I weigh 160#, hubby 205#. Ground
them in coffee grinder and steeped in hot water 150-185 degrees for 40 minutes.
Put in a cinnamon stick and put the lid on the pot while it cooled a little.
6:30p Strained with a reusable coffee strainer. Divided the
liquid and added a little honey. Tasted earthy, but not bad. We each drank half
on an empty stomach.
7:15p Hubby finished his, I waited another half hour.
8:00p Noticed slightly blurred vision watching TV. Mild cold
sweat, clammy feeling. We were prepared for this and looked forward to it
easing as the fun effects kicked in. Hubby had strange discomfort in his dick.
Said it was very weird, a constant burning sensation and not just when urinating.
8:30p Full out cold sweat that continued for two hours.
Changed clothes three times. Was sweating but could not get warm. Shivered and
sweated on the sofa under a blanket. The only thing that felt good was standing
in a warm shower, but hot water eventually runs out. We did this several times.
Felt SO GOOD to put on dry clothes, but they didn’t stay dry long. I didn’t get
freaked out b/c I felt fine otherwise. Clear thinking, no nausea. Vision stayed
slightly blurry, especially hubby’s, but no other visual effect noticed. Both
had slight diarrhea. Not our sexiest psychedelic experience! So funny now to think
that we were hoping for some slight Molly-like euphoria and aphrodisiac
feelings as described by many. Thankfully, we also never got any nausea. We got
hungry and ate a salad, then munched on chips.
11:00p One last shower b/c I was still shivering but the
sweating had stopped. Went to bed and slept very well. Sadly, no vivid dreams
Next morning, woke as usual. Felt fine. No hangover or
lingering effects noted.
We’re really disappointed. Once we knew what we were looking
for, we IDed numerous patches that were just barely coming up, still in the egg-like
state. It was like Easter for grownups! A few were like shiny round red eggs
popping up, actually very dark orange. Very beautiful. We didn’t harvest those
but took lots of pics. Mature ones were lighter orange/peach, ranging from 2-6
inches in diameter.
Take home message, we’re sticking with Cubies! It’s possible
I might try Amanita from the northeast, long after this memory has faded. I
think I’m understanding, now, why these are not illegal. They only make the
really fun things illegal! Our dosage was probably too low for any psychedelic effect.
We followed the TEK instructions carefully. I’m not sure any trip could be
worth the discomfort! Any thoughts on this will be much appreciated.