Date: September 2002
I have a client who says he growing a legal sacred
"Mushroom of the Cross. Referenced in a book by John L. Allegro. This
client says he sends away for the spores and grows his own mushrooms. The
person give the names:
Latin: Amantia Mescaria,
Do you have any information on this?
The Hebrew word mashish means tangent, as a line is tangent to a
circle. I have some concern about confirming the other information given.
These may help:
Although in Polish, this may help
It appears that these mushrooms are poisonous, but can be treated to reduce
the poison. We do not have a medical doctor in our volunteer pool to look
at the specific chemicals.
The correct name is Amanita Muscaria. Search the Internet using this
scientific name. Google is the best search engine for this purpose, I
La Grange, Illinois
Check out these sites on Amantia Muscaria:
I'm no mycologist, but it appears that cultures the world over have
recognized the psychoactive properties of this fungus. An important
alkaloid from this gungus is muscarine, a potent neurotoxin. It binds to
one type of receptor that normally accepts the neurotransmitter
acetylcholine (the "muscarinic" acetylcholine receptor). The mushroom
contains other toxic and psychoactive components as well.
Mushrooms are "all natural," but that does not necessarily mean that they
are safe to ingest!
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Academic Programs
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
There is a highly poisonous North American mushroom, common name Fly Agaric,
whose Latin scientific name is Amanita muscaria. The Audubon Society Field
Guide to North American Mushrooms says "The fly agarics of North America
cause delirium, raving, and profuse sweating. Unlike its Siberian relative,
this induces no visions." I know nothing of the book you mention.
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