Amanita Muscaria

Rig-Veda, one of the earliest religious documents and the foundation of modern Hinduism contains 120 verses devoted to praise of the mysterious plant called “Soma”. Soma is described as being leafless, rootless, blossom-less and from the mountain area.

Several of today’s scientist believe that Fly Agaric is in fact Soma. Most famous is probably Robert Gordon Wasson, an amateur mycologist that released the book entitled “SOMA: Divine mushroom of immortality” in 1968. R. Gordon Wasson later wrote other books on the topic such as “Rejoinder to professor Brough” (1972) and “SOMA brought up-to-date” (1979), both books presents additional, strengthening arguments.


Fly Agaric is probably one of the most known mushrooms around and is easy to recognize. The hat is usually from 12-15 cm in diameter, but can in rare occasions be up to 30 cm. It has a distinct blood red color that fades to yellow as it ages. The white spots is the remains of the membrane (velum) that en-capsules the mushroom in its early ages. The stem is white, 5-20 cm in length.

Amanita Muscaria and the Amanita Pantherina both belong to a genus that has a reputation for causing the majority of mushroom poisoning related deaths. Several of the deadly mushrooms appear similar to A.Muscaria and A.Pantherina, such as A.Phalloides (Death Cap) and A.Virosa (Destroying Angel).

Fly Agaric and Panther caps will only grow next to a few trees, those being birch, larch, fir, pine and oak. This is because A.Muscaria and A.Pantherina both require a symbiotic relationship with said trees.

A.Muscaria and A.Pantherina is generally common and is found in large clusters.

It's main active ingredient is muscimol.

No official deaths from A.Muscaria and A.Pantherina have ever been recorded, but they should still be used with caution and prepared correctly.



  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Uncontrolled movements
  • Numbness
  • Sleepiness
  • Auditory and visual distortions
  • Objects may appear larger or smaller then they are
  • In large doses it may cause delirium

Dosages vs effects

Keep in mind that personal tolerances are different for everyone, and other factors like weight and metabolism is also very important. This is just meant as a guideline.

  • Healthier and softer facial skin - in dosages from 0.5 to 1 dried grams over a couple of days
  • Increased sex drive - in dosages from 3 to 9 dried grams
  • Mood enhancement - in dosages from 3 to 9 dried grams
  • Feeling of zen - in dosages from 3 to 9 dried grams
  • A lot of energy - in dosages from 5 to 13 dried grams
  • Sensory distortion - in dosages from 12 to 28 dried grams
  • Real hallucinations,(elf’s, trolls, and similar entities is often reported) - in dosages from 10 to 30 dried grams
  • Trouble separating reality from “fantasy” - in dosages from 20 to 30 dried grams
  • Aggression - in extremely high dosages
  • Extreme energy - in extremely high dosages

Smoking the skin of the mushroomcap

The effects are similar to a mild mix between cannabis and alcohol. Some people report headaches as a side effect, and the smoke is also very harsh.



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