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catachresis wrote

I’ve harvested Amanitas before. It’s important to only pick the bright red ones as the orange ones and any other spotted amanita is likely toxic/deadly.

My memory is foggy about it but they need to be dehydrated for the psychoactive chemical to be activated. Cooking them will kill the chemicals.

The story is shamans would drink reindeer pee because the reindeer eat the mushrooms process the toxins out and pee out the psychoactive.

All that said, I never had any truly noticeable high from drinking tea made from the dehydrated mushrooms.


kano wrote

I have consumed them before in small amounts and they were a nice mood enhancer and made colours more vivid. I learned to dry them before eating them, but that even dried it's better not to take large amounts because of potential negative side effects. I never took enough to have like real hallucinations.


moonlune OP wrote

I found some walking around the forest and it made me curious. Cooking them to eat looks pretty easy actually. Next time I see some I'll pick them. Worst case scenario I get high.