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Just a Bite... by MamzelleZephyr Just a Bite... by MamzelleZephyr
I was looking on the Internet to know the English & Latin name of this mushroom and found the latin one instead : Amanita muscaria (in the meanwhile I learnt it's called a toadstool in English). I thought it was poisonous when you ate it raw, which is quite true, but I learned it has... hallucinogenic properties! Maybe this is the one Alice in Wonderland took, who knows? I have a proof for that : if you look at the picture, you'll notice there is a piece of mushroom missing... ;)

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MissUmlaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   Photographer
As far as I know, the muscarine is in very variables quantities in  this mushroom (depends of places, seasons, whatever) , and  is present mostly  or only in the red skin.
So there are places where this is traditionnally consumed (without the skin).
Dont try this at home...I rembenber a terrible WE when a friend decided to give the dried thing a try, not to get high but to make the truth clear about toxicity. I was in a place where the cellphone was not working, so I went away every  two hours or so to try his number...With no results. I was worried and anxious and tried to calm down, telling myself that at worse, he was only sick as a dog...End of the WE and he was perfectly safe, having dropped the idea of his mushoom try and go hicking in the hills with no phone instead.
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what a story ! :wow: I'm glad your friend was okay and I can imagine how worried you were...
Now I understand better why this mushroom is eaten in some parts of the world,  because it didn't make any sense for me that it was toxic and edible in the same time!
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MissUmlaut Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   Photographer
Yes, toxicity is debatable but this friend stubborness had worried me a lot and I was mad at him (but glad he renounced his experiment). He tends to make wild things out of sheer intellectual curiosity or funny creativity, but a likeable guy anyway.
The more plain looking amanita phalloides toxicity is not debatable.
Some very tiny mushrooms are used as a psychedelic drug : I suppose they are harmless since the people I know that took them( when it was fashionable !) where perfectly safe and normal after. Never got the nerves to try it myself, mostly I am afraid of my own vivid imagination.
The tricks of the chaman eating mushrooms and getting sick and pissing in a pot to drink the piss again because the metabolite of muscarine is more potent drug is not very appealling. Yuk !
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ah ah yuk indeed ! :D
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
mmmh je crois que l'on aurait pu parler en français en fait ;)
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
The high is not worth the risk/damage/discomfort to your system.  
The only person I know personally who tried getting high on Amanita only tried it once - no permanent damage, fortunately.  
They're pretty to look at though.  If you want to burn a few brain cells, I suggest putting the mushroom in  a flower pot, smoke a joint, assume a full Lotus position and contemplate all the pretty colors Amanita muscaria has to offer.  That should work!

Untitled Drawing by WagmoreBarkless  
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
But your idea is interesting though ;)
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I was just kidding, I won't try it, no matter what ;) I prefer to capture it with my camera than to smoke it :p
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
I agree...  the best highs in life are truly natural ones - love; helping friends and strangers; the thrill of creating art; beholding the beauty of nature; and writing silly comments on DA!

I failed to actually comment on your photo - its beautiful! Heart   it reminds me of my boyhood on Kodiak Island (Alaska) where we lived a cabin surrounded by old-growth Sitka Spruce.
Your whole gallery is impressive!
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MamzelleZephyr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I must say I totally agree with you ! :nod:
And thanks ! I'm glad you like my gallery.
Wow, growing on an island... that must be something ! I didn't know what Sitka Spruce was so I googled it and these are beautiful trees :wow: I guess Kodiak island is worth visiting, isn't it?
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