Amanitas - A. muscaria
Citation: Archon. "I Need to Be Under the Blanket: An Experience with Amanitas - A. muscaria (exp110653)". Erowid.org. Aug 2, 2018. erowid.org/exp/110653
The Amanita Trials Part 1
This is the beginning of a series of experiments with amanita muscaria. As far as my track record goes, I have experience with marijuana (plenty), LSD (~7 times), and Psilocybin (~4 times). For obvious reasons of legality and availability, I gained great interest in amanitas. After hours of researching this mushroom and its uses, and reading almost all of the other experience reports, my mind was made up.
I ordered 1 oz. of Washington grade A+ caps from an online ethnobotanical vendor. The product arrived after a few long days of eager waiting. Although the vendor isn't very popular or well known, I was impressed with my shipment. These mushrooms are beautiful!
So, armed with the knowledge of my hours of study, I awaited my next day off work, confident that I would find that which I seek. It should be noted that I believe there is great power in the human spirit, and my purpose is to gain spiritual insight, rather then having a good time.
my purpose is to gain spiritual insight, rather then having a good time.
I'm well aware of the negative side effects, and it is a risk I am willing to take.
I wait for my best friend (let's call him Mitch) to arrive, as it seems irresponsible to not have a sitter for my first experience. It's about 7:00pm, I begin to prepare the dried mushrooms by tearing them into small bite sized pieces that could be swallowed whole. I'm not a fan of mushrooms of any kind.
Tą 7:30pm: I start with the single large cap, slowly ingesting it over the course of an hour, swallowing pieces whole with water. I had a feeling I was taking too long ingesting them, but I erred on the side of caution. It's now about 8:30pm, and I ask Mitch if he would like to join me on a walk with my dog. He brought his dog over as well, so naturally he agrees. I figure the exercise will help kickstart the trip.
After returning from the walk, I notice that I feel strange, but nothing too major. I had previously decided to wait a full 2 hours before deciding whether or not I needed to take more. Mitch and I play a game of Worms to pass the time.
Tą 10:30pm: 2 hours have since passed, I'm not feeling much other than what is comparative to a slight buzz from alcohol, which was nice, considering I quit drinking 115 days prior. My girlfriend, whom I'll refer to as Daisy, has since come home. Mitch decides to leave around this time, as he works in the morning. I let him know that I've decided to consume more, and he looks forward to hearing about it. I consume 3 small caps over the course of about 25 minutes.
Tą 11:00pm: I finish ingestion, and wander outside for a cigarette. I'm feeling increasingly drunk, so to speak. Over the course of the next hour this effect intensifies some. A strange feeling of numbness also begins to spread through my body. I find it reminiscent of the feeling I had when I've taken pain killers in the past. The first hint of nausea makes its appearance, but I attribute it mostly to the dizziness from this strange drunk-like stupor I'm in. It's easy enough to keep at bay.
Tą 12:00am: As a last ditch effort to get the full blown experience I desire, I decide to take the last of my mushrooms, which consists of two medium sized caps. Like the previous dose, I consume them in about 25 minutes.
Tą 1:00am: Daisy is tired, and decides to go to bed, despite my wishes. Hopefully I don't lose my mind too much. Over the next few hours, I feel consistently drunk, and the effects of muscle spasms start to show in my arms and hands.
Over the next few hours, I feel consistently drunk, and the effects of muscle spasms start to show in my arms and hands.
The nausea comes back, a bit stronger than before. Although I feel as though I could have held it back, I decided to vomit to help alleviate this persistent stomach-turning. I puked once, it was surprisingly easy. It just came up practically at will! I felt better, the nausea was still there, but to a lesser extent.
Tą 3:00am: The twitching symptoms intensify, I begin to feel cold, so I put on a sweatshirt. I passed some more time by playing a couple games, and decided to catch up on the new episodes of Attack on Titan. I'm 2 episodes in, when suddenly...
Tą 5:30am: 'This blanket is supposed to cover the whole world.' I think to myself, but it's not big enough. 'I'll just cover the couch with it, at least. Should I get up when I do this? No, I need to be under the blanket.' I'm pulling the blanket over my head repeatedly, getting frustrated when it's not big enough when I realize, what the FUCK am I doing?! I don't know what set it off, but the last thing I remember was watching an ad in the middle of an episode. I later went back and checked, and FOUR episodes had gone by while I was out of my mind!
I faintly remember what seems like a colorful, pervasive blanket hallucination, but this could have just been the blanket itself. That was intense, I wish I remembered more of it. It was a rather peaceful trance like state, and although time flew by, it also felt like it took forever. Interesting.
After coming to, the experience was pretty much over. The rest was basically sobering up from a drunken state. I was cold and wet (probably from being under the blanket with my sweatshirt for hours) and after going out for a smoke I head to bed. The following dreams I had were slightly stranger than normal, which was interesting.
Overall, the experience was worth it, although I didn't have hallucinations, or spiritual insight, as far as I'm aware of. In retrospect, I believe the batch of mushrooms I had were probably weaker than most, considering it took the whole ounce to feel more than just drunk. In the future I will take a larger dose over the same period of time and see where that lands me.
That concludes my first experience with Amanita Muscaria.
May the infinite blanket wrap you in its warm embrace! Haha. Peace.
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