Ethnomycology - Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria is a mushroom that has known thousands of years of use throughout the world. The book "Pharmacotheon" traces Amanita muscaria linguistically to 4000-6000 BC and says it "has been used by humankind longer than any other psychoactive plant."
Amanita muscaria is iconically known for its red caps and is fairly easy to identify. When fresh, Amanita muscaria contains large amounts of ibotenic acid which can cause upset stomachs when eaten. Once the amanitas are dried, the ibotenic acid turns into Muscimol which is the main psychedelic ingredient alongside muscarine. Muscazone is another compound that has more recently been isolated from European specimens of the fly agaric.
Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) has been thought to be the infamous "Soma" spoken of in the Rigveda of India. In Vedic tradition, Soma is known as a ritual drink that is said to produce immortality. 
The effects of Amanita muscaria on the human body when consumed seem to be those of euphoria and intoxication. It is also sometimes described as being sedative in nature. Some visual distortions may be experienced along with loss of balance. In my research I have found that many people describe feeling very calm with a sense of mental, spiritual, and internal clarity while some others have reported feeling disoriented.
 It is my desire and hope to be able to work with the amazing magic of this mushroom and share it with the world. I have a few things in the works to turn this into an ointment for medicinal and magical use and will be talking about that side of it more in depth at a later point.
Blessings to you all,

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