Magic Mushrooms

AMANITA MUSCARIA (FLY AGARIC MUSHROOM)

Street name: Magic mushrooms

Description: A red mushroom, about 10 – 20 cm high, with white spots. The psychoactive drugs are muscarine, atropine and bofotenine.

Street use: Usually cooked and eaten or boiled in water to make a 'tea'. Mushrooms can also be dried for storage.

Drug effect: Hallucinogen.

Dependency: No

Withdrawal: Effects which include sweating, nausea, reduces heart rate and hallucinations begin within 30 – 40 minutes and usually last between four and eight hours. Aggressive mood changes have also been reported.

Long-term use: Little is known about the long – term use of Fly Agaric.

Overdose risk: Fly Agaric mushrooms are very toxic. Heart failure is the most common cause of death.

Maximum penalty:

For possession: Seven years and/or unlimited fine.
For dealing: Life and/or unlimited fine.


PSILOCYBE SEMILANCEATA (LIBERTY CAP MUSHROOM)

Street name: Magic mushrooms, Mushies.

Description: Light brown mushroom about six to eight cm high containing psilocybin.

Street use: Usually cooked and eaten or boiled in water to make a 'tea'. Mushrooms can also be dried for storage.

Drug effect: Effects which include euphoria and hallucinations begin within 20 – 40 minutes and usually last between four and eight hours. Sleep often follows use.

Dependency: No.

Withdrawal: No withdrawal symptoms have been noted.

Long-term use: Psilocybin can cause impaired cognitive functioning and poor performance in attention tests. However, no adverse long – term effects have been reported.

Overdose risk: Liberty Caps are not very toxic and so the overdose risk is low. Amounts of mushrooms used vary from one or two mushrooms to 20 or more. However, there is a risk of mistakenly taking a more poisonous mushroom or fungus.

Legal status: Liberty Caps are classified as a Class A controlled drug.

Maximum penalty:

For possession: Seven years and/or unlimited fine
For dealing: Life and/or unlimited fine.
Magic Mushrooms