Citation: pekka. "Clearly Sedated: An Experience with Amanita muscaria (exp68996)". Erowid.org. Aug 7, 2018. erowid.org/exp/68996
I had decided not long ago after discovering Kava had come under stricter control in my country to research other legal opportunities of having new mind experiences. In my possession were two 28 gram (one ounce) bags of dried Amanita Muscaria toadstools reportedly from Latvia.
I am fairly cautious in my approach to new things and with strange organic matter even more so. This explains why I've stepped up the dosage size in this manner. From the hit and miss nature of other stories it seems to be the only intelligent thing to do anyway.
My first experience was to drop a few pieces of the dried stalks and place them into a tea. After the tea was ingested the pieces were consumed (reminiscent of your average cooked mushroom). For all intents and purposes no effect was felt (Alcohol would've drowned any subtle effects).
On the second attempt I gathered up about 5 grams of the dried material and grinded it into small pieces which were cooked into small savoury biscuits. On top of this about one and a half dried caps were consumed after about 30 minutes.
After about an hour some minor mental buzz was perceived and a general feeling of well being but I was unable to stay awake at this point. It was just after midnight. I intended to watch Lord of the Rings but after about 10 minutes I felt comfortably numb and retired to the bed for the evening. I wasn't able to tell at the point whether the drowsiness was from the Amanita or because of the time. Regardless I woke up feeling rejuvenated. From other experiences it seems I might have had too much food in my stomach when I ate the Amanita biscuits and other dried material and that absorbed the Ibotenic acid and muscimol.
On the third attempt I consumed the remaining contents of one of the two packages. This was roughly just under half of the 28 gram bag or about 12 grams. I was not closely monitoring the time but can confirm that within 30-60 minute mark I had noticed salivation had increased dramatically. It felt similar to childhood experience of licking something metallic or attempting to eat a lemon, only not as extreme and a continuous feeling. I found that up to about 3 hours from the initial dose some things becoming more fascinating than usual e.g. a puddle of water with ripples creating a unique texture. At this point I smoked a small amount of the ground material mixed with tobacco which produced a not unpleasant smoke which had an interesting and strong taste (I am not a regular tobacco smoker). This didn't appear to add much however to the overall experience. Generally my body felt cumbersome but my thoughts were quick and I had no trouble with conversation. I was able to finish watching The Black Book and understand what was going on although a few characters had vaguely overlapped by the end. Around 3 and a half hours from beginning I decided it would be a good idea to watch Sealab 2021. I managed to get through about 1 and a half episodes before an overwhelming desire to sleep had consumed me
an overwhelming desire to sleep had consumed me
. I was swallowed up by the neural waves and pulled down into the sea of sleep like a clueless swimmer caught in a rip. Here I had a wonderful 2 hour nap filled with vivid dreams that seemed to blur reality and subconsciousness. The bad part is I can't remember a thing. The only thing I can recall is that my girlfriend who also happened to be sleeping next to me (from general tiredness not sedation) featured in these vivid dreams. I only vaguely recall moving from the lounge to the bed as if it may have also been part of the dream where my mind was briefly separated from my physical being.
Once again I woke feeling very rejuvenated. I felt I had to adjust to a new feeling of lightness. I experienced minor twitches in my muscles. In one case I almost dropped a glass jar when I was making a sandwich. This faded after about 2 hours into the general feeling of hangover I was experiencing from the night before.
In summary, I find this to be pleasant at the dosage described above. Personally I would not wander too far from a comfortable bed as it appears to well and truly sedate. I will be interested to try again with a slightly higher dosage and maybe with a couple strong coffees or various substitutes to try and beat the sleepiness to turn the dreams into 'reality'. Hardly any nausea was felt and this may be attributed to the dried preparation. No other substances were mixed in the above experiences.
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