Amanitas - A. muscaria
Citation: KMK. "A Trip I Won't Be Taking Again: An Experience with Amanitas - A. muscaria (exp58260)". Erowid.org. Sep 18, 2019. erowid.org/exp/58260
Let me start by saying I'm no newbie to psychoactive substances, or other narcotics. I've had many enjoyable experiences with: Marijuana, LSD, Mushrooms (cubensis), DXM, Valium, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Salvia Divinorum (20x), and the list goes on.
As far as Amanitas go, I've never tried or even heard about them before 2006. What peaked my interest was that through reading other experiences, I've heard that it's pretty much a 50/50 shot as to if you'll have an enjoyable trip, or one you will regret. I figured it's legal, why not.
Preparation wasn't too hard. Placed an order for an ounce (28g) of Washington Grade A+ Amanitas mushroom caps, and caps only. They were dried before purchase. A harm reduction website was my main source of information on these mushrooms. I waited for a calm and serene evening to consume approx. 14 grams of the dried caps (weighed on digital scale) - which I wasn't even able to consume all 14 grams, so I estimate that I actually ate around 10 grams. My mindset going into the trip was more of a 'Let's see what happens..', rather than a straight positive/negative mindset. This review is being written a week after the trip..
The setting was my room, where most of my trips are and always have been.. Turned my TV off, had my computer's visualization plug-in ready to go with some psytrance ready to play if I were to get any OEV's. I was alone, as I personally do better alone. Salvia is the only thing I prefer having a sitter present for.
After consuming the 10 grams with a banana to mask the taste, I quickly brushed my teeth to get rid of the taste for precaution in case it would induce vomiting. I then waited.
T+ 00:15: Nothing noticeable except a stomach uneasiness, like you would get from eating something you really just didn't have the appetite for. Still waiting.
T+ 00:45: At this point, something different is noticeable. No visuals or anything like that, experienced psychonauts know what I'm talking about. Things are just 'different'.
T+ 01:00: Now I feel as if I wasted my money, so I decided to lay down and watch some TV. I almost immediately fell asleep.
T+ 01:45: I wake up to one of the worst moments of my entire life. The feeling is not able to be conveyed through words. Profuse sweating & paranoia plagued my mind. My body tensed up, and was stiff as a board. I started to get scared because at this point my body was SO stiff that I was barely able to remove the comforter off my body. Vision is somewhat blurred, and walking is as difficult as it is after 6-10 beers. Don't get me wrong - this wasn't just some inexperienced user who didn't know how to handle such a powerful drug. I've tried both Psilocybin mushrooms and LSD, and loved both. This on the other hand was unbearable. Fear would be the most prominent feeling, along with hopelessness that the experience would never end. I wasn't even able to focus on anything else - the next day at work, sexual/sensual effects, etc. The feeling overcame and took control of me and it had my mind in a vice.
T+ 02:00: Thoughts of paranoia, hopelessness and fear rushed through me almost every second. I thought to myself 'so this is what it's like to be a paranoid delusional person?' When they classify this drug as a deliriant, they couldn't be more right. Nausea took control of my stomach, but I controlled it enough to prevent vomiting.
T+ 02:15: At this point I started to be in fear for my life, no joke, and I knew that I couldn't involve family or friends as 'Hey guys, I just tried this drug, I'm freaking out, help me' wouldn't go down too well. I smoked some marijuana and forced myself to sleep once again. When I woke up the next day, the feeling was completely gone and I was pretty much back to normal.
I realize that I cancelled the trip halfway through. I needed to. After using, I personally see no benefit of trying this drug recreationally as all it did for me was fill me with negative, pessimistic thoughts about the world, myself and everything else. This is a powerful mushroom, to be used with caution, and be prepared. The trip can go either way, but I have a feeling it's geared more towards unwanted feelings rather than euphoric feelings. Just my insight.
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