Amanita Muscaria Spore Swab Kit var. Washington

$14.99

Description

Disclaimer

Active spores are for microscopy or artistic purposes. We will not complete your order if you contact us regarding the cultivation of active spores. For legal reasons if you mention cultivation of these spores or ask for advice cultivating, you will be banned from the site.

These spores are from a species that produces psilocybin and psilocin for legal reasons can only be shipped to 47 out of the 50 United States; shipping is unavailable to California, Idaho, and Georgia.

Warning: Do not consume any mushroom that’s mildly toxic or any mushroom without correctly identifying it. Sonoran Spores does not condone the consumption of the Amanita Muscaria or “Fly Agaric” mushroom.

These spores and photos are acquired from outside, trusted sources in a legal manner.  Sonoran Spores does not condone or participate in the cultivation of “Amanita Muscaria” or “Fly Agaric” mushroom.

Origin information

Amanita Muscaria probably has the most human entangled history out of any mushroom.  There could be evidence as far back as 5000 BCE that humans were using this mushroom as an intoxicant. Also known as the popular “Mario Mushroom” its iconicity depicted in Ancient Christian art and a common theme in cave drawings.  There is even a popular theory that Fly Agaric Mushrooms are the living embodiment of Santa Clause due to the theme colors of the mushroom being red and  white similar to Santa’s iconic outfit.  The effects can easily be described as “magic” like Santa, and the key chemical is muscimol and is responsible for the hallucinatory effects.  The mushroom itself has much more complex chemicals and needs to be prepared in a certain manner. Typically a shaman will eat the mushrooms raw and let their body handle the toxins with a “drunk like” intoxication while they convert the toxic chemicals into muscimol.  The way it’s believed they would injest this chemical is by urinating into a cup and drinking ones urine, which would contain the muscimol.   The interesting thing is we are not the only animals to figure this out, the animal more commonly known as “Reindeer” have been known to be addicted to these mushrooms. its also one of the only mushrooms to fruit through the winter and snow which makes it a widely available food source.  These Reindeer have been so addicted to these they can smell out the mushroom and if a shaman consumes the mushroom, the Reindeer will follow them until they urinate and then knock the shaman over mid urination to eat the yellow snow cone below.  It may be a coincidence that these “magic reindeer” followed a “magic Santa”,  who only comes around during winter and dressed up in the theme colors of the sacred “magic mushroom” that Ancient Christians kept painting.  Or its plausible a line of communication was cut and the knowledge of the True Santa was lost.  Regardless of the answer this theory is intriguing to say the least and this is worth looking deeper into as this was just the surface to the story.

Theres more history to this mushroom and its intoxicating features linked with human evolution than I could type out and I strongly encourage anyone interested to do some research on the backstory of the fly agaric.  I guarantee your interest in mushrooms will expand 10 fold when you’re done learning about this iconic mushroom.

They naturally grow in temperate and boreal forests of the North American continent, forming beneficial mycorrhizal relationships in association with pine and birch trees. This species has naturally white spores which differs entirely from most Psilocybe and Panaeolus species.  They are considered invasive and follow these trees wherever they go, originally these mushrooms we’re native to the northern hemisphere.  Now they are invading and displacing native species in the southern hemisphere, and are in the most unsuspected places most interestingly even the Sonoran Desert where we operate out of!

Microscopic Features

Spore deposit is white and clamps are often present at the base of the basidia while the spores are smooth, broadly ovate, and non-amyloid. typically around 9-7.3 μm

Swab Pack Contents

Each spore swab pack is $9.99 and will come with:

  • two sterile swabs of Amanita Muscaria
  • 1 microscope glass slide (1 per order, while supplies last)
  • 1 microscope glass cover slip (1 per order, while supplies last)
  • 1 sticker (1 per order)

Spore swab disclaimer:  All Spore swabs are unique and may not look identical to each other or the picture above.

Additional information

Research Difficulty

Intermediate

Climate

Temperate and Boreal forrest. These mushrooms are known to grow throughout the Northern Hemisphere preferring forest floors and grass fields.

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