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MAGIC MUSHROOMS - Future



18. Future


The magic mushrooms are a product of nature and not only new varieties are regularly found and cultivated but one also experiments to produce `stronger' magic mushrooms. As with marijuana one wants to grow them stronger, with more impact. Through the popularity of mushrooms and similar products as peyote (cactii) and Ayahuasca (from certain tropical jungle plants) the scientist started looking for more and there is a wave of new discoveries. New chemicals, but also new plants. One went searching for other plants that produce similar effects, deep in the jungle but some were found in the backyard. It seems there are quite a bit of them, plants containing DMT in particular. There are now lots of herbs on the market which are slightly psychoactive and sometimes, when taken in combination with paddos, influence the effect. Here we refer to Guarana, Syrian Rue, Damiana, Kava, Kola Nut, Calamus, Catmint, Waterpepper and other herbs you will find in 'smart shops'.
Another trend is that more magic mushrooms are consumed now. There is a revival of mushroom worship, a bit like in the sixties. The whole mushroom thing is, certainly in Holland, no longer the business of a lonely grower in his basement; it becomes a small industry. Especially for growers of the normal "champignon" who have a hard time because of the low market prices, the growing of psychedelic varieties becomes an attractive alternative. This is positive on the one hand, because the product becomes more 'regular' and trustworthy, but there is a definite risk. As soon as a lot of money can be made with anything, a kind of maffia-situation easily develops.
Another possibility is that a whole series of products get developed, ranging from special honey with mushrooms, to psychedelic mushroom-cakes and who knows, canned Shrooms. After all, customizing products, branding, packaging, the marketing machinery will move in once there are enough customers, the same as happened with cannabis in the Netherlands. It is doubtful whether the authorities are very happy with this development.
Psilocybine, the active substance in Shrooms, has been made synthetically by the Swiss company Sandoz, that has a license to do so and has also produced psilocybine-pills for research in the beginning of the sixties.





                  
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