Unlike synthesized psychedelics like LSD or 2C-B, psilocybin-containing mushrooms have been incorporated into our cultures for thousands of years.
They are touted by many as an incredible tool for understanding the human mind . From 10,000-year-old cave paintings to being used in Silicon Valley, they have come a long way in changing us to this day.
How mushrooms were consumed in the past is largely based on speculation. It is believed that they were used for religious practices.
The Aztecs found drifting off into what they called the “flowery dream” to be a wonderful way to connect with their gods.
After Hernán Cortés set out to conquer the Aztec Empire in February 1519, he returned to Europe with the “God Mushroom”.
They were difficult to find among the Aztecs, which is why they were mainly used by the upper class to celebrate large festivals and events.
Entry into Europe
- In the 1950s, psychedelic mushrooms began to conquer western culture. Scientist Robert Gordon Wasson attended an Aztec ceremony in Mexico at the time, and then reported on it in US Time Magazine in 1957.
- His article “Seeking The Magic Mushroom” coined the term magic mushrooms and led to many interested parties and scientists then dealing with this genus of mushrooms.
- Numerous studies followed on the effects and Buy Psychedelics Canada miraculous healing powers of psilocybin-containing mushrooms in psychotherapy.
Prohibition in the 60’s
In the 1960s, as part of the political opposition to the Vietnam War, an international youth movement emerged that divided society. The new ideas of a more peaceful, humane life, free love and an openness to mind-expanding substances were opposed to great fears of mass hallucinations and a society gone wild.
The confrontation culminated in a 1965 change in the drug abuse control law in the United States. A short time later, the strong American influence ensured that the United Nations Organization followed suit and psilocybin and LSD were banned in all member states.
The reawakening of psilocybin
- After the discovery and prohibition of the empathogen MDMA , the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) was founded by Rick Doblin in 1986.
- The organization is concerned with the psychotherapeutic potential of psychedelic substances. Interest in psychoactive substances was reignited and by the early 1990s some scientists,
- Psychotherapists and so-called psychonauts decided it was time to bring psychoactive substances back from the underground.
- The official start of research with psychedelic substances can be dated back to 2006. Roland Griffiths, a renowned scientist, published a double-blind study in which.
- After an experience with psilocybin, participants rated it as one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives, with lasting positive changes in their behavior.
- The study was perceived by the public as particularly methodologically accurate and the great potential of psychedelic research was recognized.
- In general, psilocybin is the preferred choice for scientific studies. LSD has a much higher bias in the minds of the general public, whereas psilocybin, which is found in free-growing mushrooms, is better accepted.
- To get research studies approved by the government, psilocybin is therefore mostly used, the effects of which differ only slightly from LSD anyway.
- In 2008, psychedelic truffles gained popularity and popularity when they fell outside of the Dutch ban on all psychoactive mushrooms.
- As sclerotia, truffles merely represent a nutrient store for the fruiting body, but are not part of the fungus.