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Transcript of Shrooms
"Shrooms" Intro Other Names Medical Use More Facts Mode Use Work Cited ‘Hallucinogenic mushrooms’ is the name commonly given to psychoactive fungi, containing hallucinogenic compounds, most commonly psilocybin and psilocin. At low doses, hallucinogenic drugs have as their primary effects perceptual distortions and alterations of thought, or mood, with the presence of lucid awareness and minimal effects on memory and orientation. Despite their name, the use of hallucinogenic drugs rarely results in true hallucinations. The hallucinogens are a chemically diverse class. Common names in the English language are: shrooms; magic mushrooms; sacred mushrooms. Various terms have also been used by users for various forms of psilocybin and psilocin or mushrooms containing these hallucinogens: blue caps; boomers; booms; buttons; caps; champ; fungus; funguys; God's flesh; hombrecitos; las mujercitas; little smoke; Mexican mushroom; mushies; mushroom soup; mushroom tea; mushrooms; musk; pizza toppings; rooms; silly putty. In the 1960s, pure synthetic psilocybin was marketed by Sandoz for experimental and psychotherapeutic purposes. At present, there are no medical indications for psilocin or psilocybin. Recent research with psilocybin has been reported on the treatment of compulsive disorders in humans. Unlike manufactured psychotropic drugs such as LSD, magic mushrooms have a long history dating back thousands of years as part of religious or spiritual ceremonies. However, magic mushrooms also have a lot in common with LSD Recreational doses range from 1–5 grams of dry mushrooms depending on the species and individual strength of the specimens. Dosages for fresh mushrooms will be approximately 10 times higher (10–50 grams). The material may be eaten raw, boiled in water to make tea, or cooked with other foods to cover its bitter flavour. After ingestion, the psilocybin is enzymatically converted to psilocin. Absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract, hallucinogenic effects usually occur within 30 minutes of ingestion with a duration of effect of 4–6 hours. http://science.howstuffworks.com/magic-mushroom.htm