Psilocybin mushrooms have an interesting history. These are a special kind of mushrooms that have chemical substances in them that can give you a psychedelic experience. Psilocybin and psilocin are the chemicals that give it the psychedelic effects. Some people believe that shrooms may have potential healing properties for issues such as depression, OCD, and anxiety. However, more research is needed to confirm these properties exist.
The Early Use of Shrooms
In America, the use of shrooms has only been around since the 1950s. But indigenous people around the world have been using shrooms for centuries. One of the first recorded instances of the use of shrooms is in cave paintings found in Australia. These pieces of art suggest that trances that were induced by shrooms were a part of the people’s culture. In Spain, rock paintings suggest that the ancient people used shrooms, as well.
In both South and Central America, magic mushrooms were used often. Here, shrooms were used for both spiritual and religious ceremonies. They were used for divination, healing, and other purposes. Sculptures and paintings made by Mayan and Aztec people show that shrooms were a vital part of the culture, and they were used as long ago as 1500 B.C.
But once that part of the world was conquered by the Spanish, things began to change a bit. Using shrooms was considered to be barbaric or satanic. Their use was not tolerated well by the Catholic church because that religion involves using wine as a sacrament, not shrooms.
During this time period, indigenous people began to hide their use of shrooms. They also hid the rest of their spiritual and religious rituals. Slowly, shrooms became a hidden part of the culture. The good news is that in Mexico and other South American countries, the use has not yet disappeared completely. Many indigenous people still use them for important rituals.
Magic Mushrooms and Ancient Art
In Central America, you can see a lot of art that shows the use of magic mushrooms. Some of the sculptures were created as early as 1000 B.C. The goal of these and other artifacts is not yet known. However, it is believed that they have a sacred, religious meaning for those who made them.
In Central America, the word to describe magic mushrooms is “teonanacatl.” These shrooms were used as a medicine for sacred and religious ceremonies. Morning glory seeds and peyote, a type of cactus, were also used. These cultures believed in a god known as Seven Flowers. This was a Mixtec god of hallucination, and that was especially the case when it came to using magic mushrooms. Seven Flowers was shown as having two mushrooms in its hands. With the Vienna Codex, there are also seven other gods with shrooms in their hands. That suggests that magic mushrooms were an important part of Aztec culture.
The shrooms were used by the people to try to communicate with gods, to sleep, and to have certain dreams. Some of the Nashua, Mazatec, and Zapatec indigenous groups also used shrooms. For instance, Fly Agaric was used thousands of years ago to experience hallucinations from the fungus. The active ingredients in the fungus Fly Agaric are ibotenic and muscimole acid. The historians believe it was based in an ancient Hindu religion to try to get closer to the gods.
In the 16th century, a Spanish priest known as Bernardino de Sahagun wrote about how the Aztecs used magic mushrooms. He said that the first thing they would eat at feasts would be very small black shrooms. These could bring on hallucinations, drunkenness, and strange behaviour.
These were eaten before dawn, and they were combined with honey. When the people felt the effects, they started to sing or dance. When this high had passed, they would talk about the hallucinations they had witnessed.
By the beginning of the 20th century, more people had an interest in using magic mushrooms. This is when other people became familiar with the mushrooms.
How Did They Become Popular?
Some botanists found that in Mexico, some doctors were still using psilocybin and the seeds of morning glory. However, modern medicine had already discovered that this could depress the nervous system. The botanists published these findings in 1939.
After these discoveries, others also wanted to learn about the shrooms. Some people went to Central and South America to learn more about how they were used and what their effects were. The researchers tried out the effects on themselves with the help of a few locals. They published their findings in 1957, and soon, the term “magic mushroom” became more commonly used.
In the 1960s during the counterculture movement, the shrooms were used widely in the United Kingdom and the United States. The shrooms impacted culture so much that it became a symbol of hippies. Using them also caused Albert Hofmann to create LSD, which was also a symbol of hippies in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Today, more people are accepting the use of shrooms, although they can be considered to be drugs. Many media outlets are publishing articles on how they may have potential advantages.
Today, shrooms are more widely accepted. Many people choose to use micro-dosing, which involves using a small amount of the shrooms. That will not give you a whole trip. Instead, you might have a change in your mood, and you might find that you feel more imaginative and creative. That can enhance your efficiency. Some research seems to support this information. In the past, the study of psilocybin was banned in some countries, although medical research was still allowed.
Knowing more about magic shrooms and how they have been used in history can allow you to appreciate them a bit more. You can expect in the next several years to hear about more studies looking into the effects of these shrooms. These studies might suggest that shrooms have potential advantages.