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using Metol
    #3535630 - 12/23/04 01:38 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)


There are, of course, certain chemical applications used to speed up the bluing reaction which occurs in psilocybian mushrooms. One method involves "metol", a chemical used in photographic developing. "Metol" can be legally purchased from any camera and photographic supply outlet. Mix 1 part Metol with 20 parts water. Place the stem of the suspected mushroom in a "metol" solution and wait for approximately 1/2 hour.

If the solution turns blue, you have actually collected a mushroom containing Psilocybin

Black Colored Spores and Spore prints

If the sporeprint is jet black, then the mushroom belongs to one of the following genera: Panaeolus and/or Copelandia.
Coprinus (shaggy Mane) and/or Anellaria also have jet black spore prints but are not hallucinogenic. Both Panaeolus and Copelandia mushrooms contain the alkaloids psilocybin and psilocin.

does that really work? I have some shroom I picked up, I want to use metol to test it... is there a lot of different kinds of metol?


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Re: using Metol [Re: tom121]
    #3536161 - 12/23/04 04:09 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

all you have to do is bruise them and they will turn blue almost instantly... why use chemicals?

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Re: using Metol [Re: tom121]
    #3543199 - 12/26/04 12:25 AM (12 years, 2 months ago)

The metol test is useless. It doesn't test for psilocybin specifically but supposedly only accelerates the bluing reaction. Unfortunately many non-psilocybin containing mushrooms also turn the developer purple or blue.

There is no psilocybin field test and there is no substitute for research and experience in the identification of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Sorry.

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Re: using Metol [Re: Workman]
    #4233943 - 05/29/05 06:33 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

"There is no psilocybin field test and there is no substitute for research and experience in the identification of hallucinogenic mushrooms."

Curses.  Oh well, I'm sure the research and experience part will be half the fun... in the end... :sad:

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