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A page devoted to newspaper clippings, unusual articles some psilocybian mushroom trivia

NEWS ARCHIVES

 
Hello and welcome to our News archives. In this section you will find a wide variety of newspaper clippings regarding the visionary mushrooms. I Started to catalogue these clippings back in 1976.
They are arranged alphabetically by countries and newspapers and then Chronologically by dates.




Lausanne, Switzerland
 
TRIBUNE de MATIN. July 8, 1990. Page 9
VOYAGE AU PAYS DU "PSILO" (TRIP TO THE LAND OF "PSILOS")
Deux Consommateurs de Champignons Hallucinogènes racontent plasir et Déplasir
Two Consumers of hallucinogenic mushrooms tell pleasure and dispair
By Phillippe Dubath (Tramslated in English in Lausanne by Tjakko Stijve)

Pete and Paul love nature. Especially and almost exclusively when they have a date with her to gather psilocybes in the pastures of the Frenches-Montagnes...Once at the end of spring, then Later on in the authumn until the first frost comes. On good days, they gather 300 or 400 of these fall mushrooms, on glorious days several thousands may end up in their basket.

"I EAT THE FIRST TWENTY"

The colour of psilocybes changes with their age: they are a beautiful brown and somewhat slimy when they burst forth, then grow paler until they are actually white with the first sunshine. Later they turn brown again in their third age. "When gathering them," confesses Peter, "I gobble up the first 20 or 30. After half an hour, they have such a strong effect that I see other fungi growing in front of me. I always eat something with them, to activate the gastric juices, that enhance the effect."

Paul points out: "we are not the only ones to look for psilocybes. If you look at people strolling around in the pastures you see immediately from the way they stoop and stare at a small surface for a while that it's not ordinary mushrooms they're seeking..." He adds: "there are old men who have been gathering psilocybes for years. But among young people the trend started bnarely four or five years ago. I use to sell them myself. One franc a piece (Lets point out that once dried the mushroom becomes almost microscopic!) in the Jura region, 2 fr. in Basle and up to 5 fr. in Geneva...At the beginning it was not easy to find customers, one had to get people to taste them, convince them that the mushrooms were efficient, we did need some time to reach our goal. Nowadays, I don't sell them anymore, I leave this task to others. I just eat a few every season...;"

"ONE MUST WATCH OUT"

Peter and Paul have different opinions on the frequency of ingestion. One of them says: You must still watch out not to get hooked." The other replies: "I don't believe in dependence. I can stop or start whenever I want to." Paul tells: You shouldn't see psilocybes as a classical drug, comparable to others. WE include everything when we decide to eat it: The walk in the mountains to find them, the group, the calm. It's something that makes you laugh, laugh so much about anything that sometimes your belly aches. But you laugh only if you feel well. To take these mushrooms when you are alone, and then face alone the noise and the stress of the street, the traffic, can make you flip. Then the whole thing becomes quite negative. Psilocybe is like fondue, the more the merrier...;"

"IN TWO DIMENSIONS"

"In fact," points out Peter, Psilocybe makes you see things in two dimensions, it distorts them. Like through a funny camera. But do not think that this creates phenomenal hallucinations or big stories. It may even be frankly unpleasant, everything depends how you're in your mind. If you feel miserable, it won't do you any good. If your relaxed, if you don't expect the efgfects to be there immediately, if you let yourself suprise by the mushrooms, it may help you laugh."

Paul adds: "When I eat psilos, I plan two days. I don't do that on a Sunday knowing I must go back to work on Monday. Because after all it disturbs you, you feel odd afterwards... And the effect may come back several days later, wherever you are. This happened to me one day, when I was driving: I preferred to stop, suddenly I didn't know how to drive anymore. For that matter, some pals, after Psilo parties, wash out their stomachs and kidneys. With an infusion of maize beard?..."

by Phillippe Dubath

[An After Note]

STRANGE IMAGES

"Roe deers, that's for sure, get high on fir buds. Sometimes they are completely passive, allow you to approach them, and it is always in the budding season. Old hunters say it for that matter...As to cows, I'm sure they eat psilos and get high on them. Some days when we go to gather mushrooms, they give you funny looks, that doesn't fool anybody, it's certainly that... They surely cannot sort out grass and mushrooms when they graze!" As you see, Petter and Paul firmly believe that they have detected a hallucinatory trend with cows. Something is indeed certain: They know how to add a touch of gastronomic pleasure to their trip: "Psilos are ideal with pasta. But don't cook the mushrooms: They would lose all their hallucinogenic properties. You just lay them, dried, on top of the pasta. You may also," says Peter, "do what I tried once: Put a hundred of them onto a slice of bread and jam. But I was in a play [Gambling?] room, I was scared stiff. My heart was beating wildly, my hands got moist, I had the impression that my shirt was soaked (I checked afterwards, it wa dry!) I was afraid of everything around me, the people, the noise, the lack of light. As I told you: it is not always pleasant..." By Ph.D.






 
XX International Congress of the EAPCCT, Amsterdam, May 2-5, 2000.

ACUTE POISONING WITH HALLUCINOGENIC PSILOCYBE MUSHROOMS IN SWITZERLAND
By
Kunz MW, Rauber-Lüthy Ch, Meier PJ, Kupferschmidt H. 2000. Swiss Toxicological Information Centre (STIC), Zürich and Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland

Objective: The abuse of mushrooms containing the hallucinogenic psilocybin is increasing and serious adverse effects requiring hospitalization are not uncommon. The aim of this study was to analyze the health risk of abusive "magic mushroom" ingestion between January 1995 and July 1999.

Cases and Methods: All cases recorded by the STIC between January 1995 and July 1999 were included in this retrospective study. Cases with written feedback reports of treating physicians and hospitals were analyzed with respect to type and severity of symptoms. Symptom severity was classified according to the Poisoning Severity Score (PSS) of the EAPCCT/EC/IPCS (Persson et al. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 1998; 36:332-7).

Results: Within the analyzed period (55 months) 161 acute exposures to psilocybe mushrooms (107 males, 41 females, 13 sex unknown; median age 20y (range 14-56)) were reported to the STIC. The reported cases increased from 12 in 1995, 13 in 1996, 24 in 1997, 65 in 1998 to 47 until July in 1999. Detailed written follow-up reports were obtained in 67 cases. 26 of these 67 exposures were mixed intoxications (18 (69%) with concomitant cannabis consumption). Symptoms included hallucinations in 29 (43%) and panic attacks in 21 (31%) patients. Additional symptoms were mydriasis, gastrointestinal upset, and tachycardia. Severity was assessed as mild in 23 cases (34%), moderate in 41 cases (61%), and severe in 3 cases (4%). There were no letal intoxications. Reasons for hospitalization were marked hallucinations, hyperexcitability, panic attacks, coma and convulsions. Concomitant cannabis ingestion did not increase severity. However, concomitant opiate and ethanol ingestion induced coma (GCS 3-4) in one patient, and concomitant LSD consumption resulted in convulsions in another patient. A 19-year-old male jumped from a tree in a while having hallucinations resulting in paraplegia. Delayed reactions (flashbacks) were reported in 3 patients.

Conclusions: The data indicate that in Switzerland the number of hallucinogenic mushroom poisoning has increased during the last five years, with a sharp increase in 1998-1999. In most cases magic mushroom ingestion alone results in mild or moderate self-limited psilocybin poisoning. Severe complications can occur with the concomitant ingestion of other substances of abuse such as opioids, ethanol and/or LSD, or following self-inflicted injury due to the nature of the psychedelic effects of psilocybin.


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