Wednesday, September 18, 2013
On Friday, Sept. 13, Arizona Highways magazine announced its October 2013 edition would not be available on newsstands because the magazine mistakenly identified the fly agaric mushroom as edible.
From our home state publication:
The fly agaric mushroom should not be consumed in its raw form because of its unpredictable psychotropic and physical effects.
“This issue will not be sold on newsstands, and we are alerting our subscribers to the mistake. We regret the error,” said Win Holden, publisher of Arizona Highways magazine.
The mushroom—one of those classic fungi that you'd find in a fairy tale—can cause kidney and liver failure and evidently includes magic properties.
Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) contains muscimol that produces feelings of euphoria, hallucinations, muscle jerks, drowsiness, sweating, pupil dilation, Increased tear and mucus formation (Those on muscaria often exhibit excessive tearing and salivating) and increased body temperature. Symptoms appear 30 to 90 minutes after eating this mushroom and are most intense after two or three hours. Symptoms include blurred vision, loss of motor skills, moderate to extreme nausea or cramps, physical relaxation or a sedative like effect, euphoria and a “dream like” state of being. The experience is said to be very different from that of psilocybin and many do not enjoy it. People who eat these mushrooms sometimes fall into a deep sleep. Some people describe the effects of eating Amanita muscaria as similar to being intoxicated by alcohol.