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Psilocybin Mushrooms Of The World

An Identification Guide
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Paperback Book
Ten Speed Press
October, 1996
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$39.95 CAD
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“If you are going to buy one book on psilocybin mushrooms, get this one. It is up to date, comprehensive, and a beautiful object in itself. There are excellent photographs, and detailed descriptions of the many species (several of them new, including the extremely potent psilocybe azurescens). There is an easy-to-use key to identify the dark-spored mushrooms to the genus level. Sadly, there is no specific key. But with the photographs, and Paul Stamets’s notes on the six distinctive habitats, I have found identification to species level fairly easy. In addition to the technical material, including a colorful graphic plot of the psilocin/psilocybin/baeocystin content of twelve Psilocybe species, Stamets has included some of the best ‘Tips for Goods Trips’ advice I’ve ever read.” —Dale Pendell, Whole Earth Review

As the dosage increases, the need for ritual becomes increasingly important. Working within a ritual setting gives structure to the experience and progresses events along a positive path. Ritual can become a safeguard if the going gets rough—it can help lead you through the experience and make it profoundly meaningful. After repeated sessions, the ritual becomes a psychological road map, providing a framework for safe tripping. Rituals are built from the lessons learned from previous good experiences. But at some point, for the shamans amongst us, being safe is not the priority—pushing the envelope to new revelations is.

“Most psilocybin mushrooms are small, dull-colored fungi that never attracted much notice in our culture until R. Gordon Wasson brought the traditional ceremonial use of magic mushrooms in Mexico to world attention in 1957. For some time thereafter, large numbers of Americans and Europeans streamed to remote areas of Oaxaca in search of them, unaware that equally potent species grew in their own countries, sometimes literally in their own backyards. This guide makes clear that psilocybin mushrooms are ubiquitous, and, as more people search for them, they will probably be found in almost every place on earth…

“Perhaps all that one can say is that psicocybin mushrooms are an illustration of the interconnectedness of all life and consciousness in ways that are more wonderful and strange than our intellects can explain.” —from the foreword by Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Healing

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From the author of GROWING GOURMET AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS comes the only identification guide exclusively devoted to the world's psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Detailed descriptions and color photographs for over 100 species are provided, as well as an exploration of their long-standing (and often religious) use by ancient peoples and their continued significance to modern-day culture. Some of the species included have just been discovered in the past year or two, and still others have never before been photographed in their natural habitats.

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