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Amazing Mushroom Trippin’ in the 18th Century

How Nitrous Oxide Inspired Early Psychedelic Literature

Img: Vice Magazine

The first documented case in a science journal of a trip on mushrooms was from England in 1799. We recount it here in more colorful language than the medical journal from back then (and a little bit of historical fiction). The original journal article was written by Dr. Brande, who witnessed the family accidentally tripping balls in London, and is attached at the end for those that can read the old English. Enjoy!

The Mushroom Trip of J.S. and Family According to Dr. Everard Brande

There once was a man named J.S., we’ll call him Jay. Jay went out to the park in his knickers or whatever they wore back then and started to gather mushrooms, as he often did, for a stew for the family. He chopped that shit up and put it in the stew and the family enjoyed a delicious morning breakfast with their tea.

Green Park in London, where J.S. picked the magic mushrooms (img: Dreamstime)

This time, though, the deliciousness of the stew turned out to be more than they bargained for. You see, Jay’s son Edward, who they called “fat Edward” because he was on the heftier side, took six cupfuls of stew, instead of the allotted four for all the children to have enough to get them through the day.

About 20 minutes after meal, Fat Edward’s mum scolded him passively, “uhh Edward, I thought you were on a diet.”

To which Edward, who was known to sulk and be self-conscious about weighty matters, did something unexpected: he laughed in his mother’s face, a frightful, salivating laugh that shook his whole fat body.

“Do not laugh at thy mum,” said 18-year-old Martha and punched Ed in the arm, to which he directed his spit laughter towards poor Martha.

“Father Jay, do something!” said mum, as Edward convulsed with laughter.

“Eddy,” Jay said, “Hey! Fatty!” Jay grabbed Edward’s arms and shook him, slapping him as only a father could when trying to regain control.

Jay stopped shaking and looked into Eddy’s eyes: his pupils almost covered the entire cornea which made him look like a boy possessed.

“Fuck. I think the boy is possessed, Mother,” Jay shouted, which caused a case of the dizzies.

Jay sat down in his tea chair to recover. He looked around as the world shook, turning this way and that, glancing at his family, who, little did he know, were in the same boat.

In that moment, he remembered: the mushrooms.

Shit. I poisoned my family,” thought Jay.

SHIT! I POISONED MY FAM!” Jay thought harder and got up in a thunderous motion, walking towards the door which kept moving further back as he walked towards it.

Finally, Jay reached the door and ran outside to call for help, only when he got to the garden gate, he looked at the tree that stretched all the way up to the sun across the street.

“Where. am. I?”

At that very moment, Dr. Everard Brande happened to walk by the odd scene of a man with mouth gaping pointing pointedly to the tree.

“Excuse me, sir. Might I be of assistance?” said Dr. Brande. The doctor looked at the strange man, whose pupils at this point were in the same condition as Edward’s.

Suddenly, a crash and a scream was heard from the house. Dr. Brande drew a frightful glance to Jay, who didn’t register anything other than the tree.

Dr. Brande left Jay where he was and walked towards the house. Once stepping in, he scanned the room. Edward was on the floor, laughing and doing something that looked like the dance of a seal, mum in a chair, pale and stoned. He came to the source of noise. Harriet, the 12-year-old, was speaking in tongues, or so it seemed, and screaming violently at everyone and everything.

Dr. Brande quickly got a glass of water and brought it to her.

“I will eat you alive,” she snarled at him, grabbing the water glass and throwing it as hard as she could at his face (which he dodged).

“Most interesting,” mumbled Dr. Brande.

The next few hours were filled with further scenes from the exorcist, fevers, screams and laughter from the great beyond, as well as moments of heavenly bliss for Jay’s family.

Dr. Brande feverishly took notes, ultimately deciding that the family was poisoned by a species of Agaric mushrooms.

He wrote an article, submitted it to the editors of the Medical and Physical Journal, and thought about where he could get himself some shrooms for his own breakfast stew.

The article is below and here

March 14, 2021|Categories: Mushroom Spores Research|

All Time Top 5 Mushroom Videos on Youtube

Mushroom Videos on Youtube

For fun, we decided to gather the top 5 mushroom videos of all time in one post. Full disclosure: we decided to search “shrooms” instead of mushrooms. When searching mushrooms, a bunch of videos of some spicy mushrooms and Mario things came up.  Not that interesting. Searching shrooms got better results.

Enjoy!


Number 5: Shrooms: a trip experience

5.3 million views

This video kind of looks like a high school project visualizing what hallucinating on shrooms is like. The music is of equal caliber.

A voice from the comments describe it well: “I too have random stupid pop ups in my vision that were found on google images when I eat shrooms.”


Number 4: Shrooms | Goat Simulator — Part 11

5.4 million views

If you want to feel even more like an alien who is not capable of understanding human video game behavior, try watching this guy. An Irish (maybe) guy curses and yells random things at video game sims while doing a variety of ridiculous things.


Number 3: Family Guy | S10E02 – Brian On Mushrooms

7 million views

The always hilarious Family Guy has the anthropomorphic dog, Brian, take shrooms. It is funny, unrealistic, and ridiculous. Of course, know-it-alls in the comments have to let you know how unrealistic it is:

“Okay all I can say is when Brian goes into his world and start saying bad stuff that does not happen at all on psychedelics you’re still in reality you’re just seeing stuff. you might see bad stuff but at the same time you’re still aware of your surroundings. Whoever wrote this has never taken psychedelics in their life.”


Number 2: Woodie Smalls – Planet Shrooms (Official Video)

8.7 million views

Belgian Rapper Woodie Smalls (not related to Biggie Smalls, btw) makes a relatively accurate trip of a music video. Unexplained phenomena, without getting too weird or obvious, highlight the video from the semi-famous rapper. Above the borderline racist comments, sits the cute:

“how many shrooms would woodie do if woodie could do shrooms?”


Number 1: Your Brain On Shrooms

9.4 million views

Seriously. Who doesn’t enjoy a science video with quick narration illustrated through clear marker drawings? I could watch this stuff all day. This is an easy to follow, useful look at what happens to your brain on shrooms.  Definitely check it out.  The comments are endearing, too:

me as a kid : it’s ok mum i’m never doing drugs !

me now: eh i probably won’t try meth”


Hope you enjoyed the videos as much as we did. Check out our store to get your mushroom spores on!

February 16, 2021|Categories: Mushroom Spores Research|

10 Amazing Facts About Mushrooms

We all know that mushrooms are awesome.  Check out these amazing facts to impress your roomies, or should I say “shoomies” lol. ha. yep, I said it.

Amazing Mushrooms

10 Amazing Facts About Mushrooms

1. Do you think mushrooms are like plants? Wrong! Mushrooms are more closely related to HUMANS than plants!

Armillaria Mushroom- largest organism in the world

2. The largest organism in the world is in Oregon and it is…. a mushroom. A specimen of Armillaria mushrooms, or honey fungus, exists in Malheur National Forest in Oregon that occupies a total area of 2,385 acres. That’s equivalent to over 1700 football fields!

3. Fungi help trees talk to each other. Tiny threads called mycelium create a network under the earth which allows trees to talk. Trees can warn each other about environmental danger and share nutrients through this network.

Bioluminescent Mushrooms

4. There are over 70 difference species of mushrooms that glow in the dark. Sounds like an impressive number, but it isn’t really – that’s 70 out of 100,000 known species of fungi. Still neat though – check out this time lapse.

5. According to a paper published in Science Advances, the first mushrooms evolved on Earth between 715 and 810 million years ago. For reference, that is within the time period known as the precambrian time, which starts with the Earth’s creation 4.5 billion years ago and ends about 500 million years ago when complex, multi-celled life-forms became prevalent.

Death Cap

Don’t eat it.  Just don’t

6. The Death Cap Mushroom is known as the deadliest mushroom in the world, particularly because it looks like edible mushrooms like Caesar’s Mushroom. As little as half a mushroom contains enough toxin to kill an adult human. It’s been said to kill a Pope (Pope Clement VII), along with a few Roman Emperors

7. Sporopollenin, the hard outer shell of spores, is one of the toughest materials in the plant kingdom. We have no idea how it decays in nature and researchers were not able to break it down to study it’s components until 2018. Researchers are figuring out how to utilize sporopollen to combat climate change, by using its longevity to suck up planet-warming carbon dioxide, according to an article by MIT (https://wi.mit.edu/news/designing-plants-dont-decay)

8. Some mushrooms create their own wind to wisp spores away to create more mushrooms. Just check the awesome video above!

9. In many countries, magic mushrooms are illegal, but psilocybin spores are NOT. Like here in the USA – check out our store!

Chicken of the Woods

10. There is a mushroom that tastes just like fried chicken. It grows on trees in Europe and North America. It’s called Laetiporus sulphureus, or Chicken of the Woods. Look out, KFC!

Thanks for Reading!

January 31, 2021|Categories: Mushroom Spores Research|
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