A psilocybin mushroom is a hallucinogenic fungus, found in many regions of the world. Ingestion of this mushroom by humans was used ceremonially for thousands of years, and it remains so today. It can cause very vivid hallucinations sometimes lasting several hours.
The experience is known as tripping. Many people report spiritual experiences, and the feeling of oneness with nature.
This type of experience has therapeutic value, and it can help a person learn to understand their own feelings more fully.
Psilocybin has been used in the treatment of alcoholism and nicotine addiction. It is also used to help treat cluster headaches.
In the 1960’s, the use of psilocybin mushrooms was popular in many western countries. It has since been made illegal in most places.
There are many dangers involved in the ingestion of this drug. The user may be unaware of the strength and purity of what they have taken, and therefore could ingest an overdose.
Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic chemical found in certain types of mushrooms and other plants. Psilocybin can produce mind-altering experiences, including spiritual experiences.
The use of mushrooms containing psilocybin has been documented for millennia. The oldest known mushroom-shaped stone artifacts are from Guatemala, dated to around 690 BCE.
The Aztec, Maya and Inca peoples used psilocybin mushrooms. Some cultures have credited the mushrooms with their own creation or origin stories.
Mushrooms containing psilocybin have been used throughout human history for spiritual purposes. The Mazatec Indians, who inhabit the mountains of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, hold _Psilocybe mushrooms_ in high esteem as sacred objects.
The Mazatecs use the mushrooms during healing ceremonies, divination and for spiritual guidance. For centuries they have ingested them as a part of their religious rituals.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used a hallucinogenic mushroom in their religious rites called _Amanita muscaria_ (fly agaric mushroom).
The general public has this misconception that psychedelics are dangerous, when in reality they have been used for thousands of years to heal and enlighten.
The general public has this misconception that if something is illegal, it must be bad for you.
It is true that they can be habit forming, but the addiction potential should not be a reason to ban them.
To whatever extent people have addiction problems with psychedelics, it is because they are psychologically unwell and should be treated for their mental ailments.
The vast majority of people who use psychedelics do not have addiction problems.
In any case, addiction is a form of mental illness that should be treated as such. It is not something to stigmatize.