Amanita Muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric mushroom, is a species of mushroom native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe, Asia, and North America. It is a large, distinctive mushroom with a red cap covered in white spots, and a white stem.
Amanita Muscaria is famous for its psychoactive properties and has a long history of use in traditional cultures. It is one of the oldest known psychoactive substances and has been used for spiritual and medicinal purposes by indigenous people in Russia, Europe, and Asia for thousands of years.
The active compounds in Amanita Muscaria include ibotenic acid and muscimol, which are classified as deliriants and have the ability to produce hallucinations and other altered states of consciousness. When consumed Amanita Muscaria in fresh format, these compounds interact with the brain to produce effects such as changes in perception, thought, mood, and motor coordination.
Despite its long history of use, when not properly prepared, Amanita Muscaria can be a very toxic species of mushroom. Ingestion of even a small amount of fresh Amanita Muscaria can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, agitation, delirium, and hallucinations. In severe cases, it can lead to coma and death. It is advised to do extensive research and be vigilantly careful if you are foraging and preparing your own Amanita Muscaria. It must go through an extensive drying process to decrease the quantity of Ibotenic Acid it possesses before human consumption.
What is Ibotenic Acid?
Ibotenic acid is a naturally occurring neurotoxin found in certain species of mushrooms, such as Amanita Muscaria. It is an excitatory amino acid analogue, which means it acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system. When ingested, ibotenic acid is metabolized into another compound called muscimol, which is responsible for its psychoactive effects.
Due to its toxic nature, ibotenic acid is not used medically. Instead, researchers have focused on studying the effects of muscimol and other compounds related to ibotenic acid, in order to better understand the mechanisms of action and potential therapeutic applications. For example, muscimol has been shown to have potential as a treatment for certain neurological conditions, such as epilepsy, but more research is needed before it can be used in clinical practice.
What is Muscimol?
Muscimol is an psychoactive compound that is found in the Amanita muscaria species of mushroom. It is classified as a deliriant and has the ability to produce hallucinations and other altered states of consciousness.
Muscimol acts as a potent agonist of the GABAa receptor, which is a type of neurotransmitter receptor in the brain. By binding to the GABAa receptor, muscimol enhances the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA, which is involved in the regulation of mood, anxiety, and sleep.
The effects of muscimol can vary greatly depending on the dose and the individual, but commonly reported effects include changes in perception, thought, mood, and motor coordination. At higher doses, muscimol can cause delirium, hallucinations, and a loss of awareness of one's surroundings.
Despite its potential for harm, muscimol has been the subject of research for its potential therapeutic uses. In preclinical studies, muscimol has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. However, further research is needed to determine its safety and efficacy as a therapeutic agent.
Micro-Dosing Amanita Muscaria
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of Amanita Muscaria for micro-dosing, the practice of taking small, sub-perceptual doses of a substance for the purpose of enhancing creativity, productivity, and overall well-being. Proponents of micro-dosing Amanita Muscaria claim that the effects of taking small amounts of the mushroom are subtle but can include improved mood, better sleep cycles, increased focus, and enhanced creativity. As mentioned above, additional benefits include having anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. Lastly, for those dealing with substance abuse, Amanita Muscaria in most cases decreases the craving for alcohol due to the normalization of the psychological background and the direct competition of muscimol with ethanol for the GABA receptors of the brain. It is important to note that there is limited scientific studies on Amanita Muscaria's human effects and more studies are necessary to understand the full extent of the potential of Amanita, although results so far are promising.
Bloomable's founder, Julia, was born and raised in Irkutsk, Siberia. In Siberia, Amanita Muscaria has been widely used as an entheogen by many of the indigenous peoples of Siberia for thousands of years. It is a common speculation that Amanita Muscaria is the reason for the existence of Santa Clause.
In more recent times, Amanita Muscaria has been a common health tool whether in the form of topical creams or through digestion in Siberia. Originally, Julia had little intention to sell Amanita Muscaria but was approached by a friend in Latvia about his Amanita Muscaria capsules. He raved how Amanita Muscaria helped him overcome his reliance on alcohol. Since discovering the many health benefits of Amanita Muscaria, he began to forage and dry these powerful mushrooms himself. Once thoroughly tested for safe human consumption, they are milled, capsulated, and sent to Bloomable where we package and distribute them.
It is important to note, that our Amanita Muscaria capsules will not provide you any hallucinogenic effects or instant results. In the art of micro-dosing, benefits are typically noticed over time, with many people noting results after 7-10 days. We recommend taking one capsule in the morning and one at night. We also recommend taking Amanita Muscaria for 60 days straight, 30 days off, and repeat. This way your system does not normalize being on Amanita Muscaria.
Amanita Muscaria, or fly agaric, is still a very new health topic. We recommend you doing your own research and deciding if this product is the right one for you. Additionally, please consult with a professional health care advisor. We welcome you to reach out to us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We are learning with you as well.
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