These types of mushrooms belong to the genus Psilocybe. Though mushrooms of other genera can also cause hallucinations many purists insist that Psilocybe mushrooms are the “true” magic mushrooms. Psilocybe mushrooms cause hallucinations because they contain psilocybin and psilocin or muscimol.
Psychedelic mushrooms are fungi that contain the psychedelic substances indicated above and include one of the most widely used recreational psychotropic drugs because they can be found in the wild or grown fairly easily and inexpensively.
Mushrooms in this group can be divided into two: the psilocybin-bearing mushrooms found primarily in the psilocybe genus, and the muscimol-containing mushroom; Amanita muscaria.
Psilocybe mushroom contain substances that are structurally similar to serotonin, a strong regulator of mood, state of mind and consciousness.
As with many psychoactive substances, the effect of consuming magic mushrooms are subjective and unpredictable.
Unlike manufactured psychotropic drugs such as LSD, magic mushrooms have a long history dating back thousands of years as part of religious or spiritual ceremonies grouped under controlled substances to be used with care.
In recent times however, a new brain scan study has indicated that psilocybin-containing mushrooms hold promise as a treatment for depression, addiction and post-traumatic stress.
Note: In many countries, psilocybin and psilocin containing mushrooms are still considered illegal. 0