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Achronologyofpsilocybian Mushrooms Compiled by Irimias the Obscure OT

Frescoes of dancing shamans holding mushrooms in the presence of white cattle are painted on the rock surfaces of the Tassili Plateau in Southern Algeria ** c. 2500 B.C. Aryan people with hallucinogenic mushroom use as a central part of their religion enter India. Wasson has argued for Amanita muscaria as the identity of the mysterious Soma. The question remains an open one. A psilocybian mushroom may well have been the source of Soma. c. 1100-400 B.C. Eleusinian Mystery rites...

Harvesting Preserving And Dosage

As the mushroom matures to full size, the cap will enlarge and become more globular in shape. The gills will at first be covered by a flap of tissue, called there , thatcon-nects the margin of the cap with the stipe. As thecapen-larges, this veil will detach from the cap margin to form an annulus, or ring of ruptured veil tissue, on the stem. The mushroom can be harvested as soon as the veil rupture has occurred. If a spore print is to be collected, however, the mushroom should be allowed to...

Growing Stock Inocula

Once one or more strains of dikaryotic mycelia have been successfully isolated, it is necessary to build up a stock of mycelial cultures grown on sterile agar media. The inoc- ula from this stock will be used to inoculate the mycelium onto sterilized rye or other grain. Before proceeding to this step, however, it is advisable to have a good supply of inocula grown out of sterile agar media, so that one will have plenty of sterile inocula even if a few cultures should succumb to contamination....

Afterword

Approximately sixty days after you began the isolation of spores, the first harvest will be possible from your rye-filled jars. Mushroom growing is like alchemy in that there is a division of the work into practical effort and visionary reward. The organic psilocybin within the mushroom is quality controlled by the very stable and ancient genes of the Stropharia. You, as the propagator and spiritual friend of the mushroom, can form a deep relationship with the mycelial ally and again and again...

Locating And Identifying The Fungus Collecting And Germinating Spores

In the New World, Slropharia cubensis can be found in appropriate habitats throughout the Southern U.S., all through the coastal regions of Mexico, and throughout coastal and equatorial regions of South America. In the U.S., it has been reported from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia. Its distribution would probably be even greater were it not for the fact that its environmental requirements limit it to regions of mild temperatures and high...

Growing On Sterilized

When a numberof mycelialcultureshavebeensuccess-fully grown on solid agar medium, one is faced with a choice It is possible to stop at this point, and concentrate on perfecting techniques for mycelial growth on agar. The mycelium itself contains psilocybin and can be ingested for hallucinogenic effects. The amount of psilocybin present in the mycelium is determined by the richness of the medium on which it is grown. Thus for an individual wishing only to obtain psilocybin from mycelium, there...

Casing And Recasing

When one or more jars have been completely permeated by mycelium, one can move on to the fourth step in the process that leads directly to the productionof mushrooms. In commercial mushroom culture, this step is called rasing. In the method outlined here, casing consists of removing the dome and band lid of the jar, and covering the surface of the permeated rye with about Vi to 34 in. (Vi cup for quart jars) of sterilized soil (fig. 40 & 41). The soil should be premoistened to field capacity...