Amanita Muscaria Mushroom

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Amanita Muscaria, Vancouver Island, BC
Amanita Muscaria, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The Amanita Muscaria Mushroom is very abundant in Pacific Northwest and can be seen almost everywhere in the fall. The Amanita Muscaria Mushroom is a brightly colored mushroom that’s familiar to everyone from the illustrations found in fairy storybooks. Amanita Muscaria is commonly found in autumn in alder woods or under pines. They are the most eye-catching mushroom with its large caps of yellow, scarlet or deep red, mottled with conspicuous warts. Quite beautiful.

Associated with magic and the fairy kingdom because this otherworldly looking mushroom is perhaps the oldest hallucinogenic plant known, having been in recorded use for over six thousand years.

Amanita Muscaria or as its commonly called the fly agarics mushroom has been adopted by many cultures, in the northern hemisphere and worldwide to transport the person eating them to visionary realms.

Amanita Muscaria, Vancouver Island, BC
Amanita Muscaria, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Fly agarics mushrooms are believed to have been employed as a shamanic aid by the Vikings and are known to be used by the shamans of Siberia.

These mushrooms are very poisonous and most types will just make you extremely ill with only a few worldwide that are used by shamans, please do not eat the ones we have locally as you could do real harm or even cause your death.

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