FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
The Amanita mushroom family include some of the most beautiful and deadly mushrooms in the world. Though some varieties (such as A. Virosa, the white "Destroying Angel") contain poisons that can be fatal, Amanita have been used safely for thousands of years in Shamanic rituals.
Species of Amanita come in a variety of colors, red, orange, yellow, brown, gold, olive and white. They grow all over the world, from America to New Zealand. In some European countries, the tasty Amanita caesarea is regularly eaten, but this reddish spotless variety can easily be confused for the more potent Amanita muscaria, especially during rains, when muscaria spots are sometimes washed away.
Amanitas form a symbiotic relationship with trees such as fir, pine, birch and oak, through a fine network of underground mycelium. Though most regions have a seasonal crop, in some hidden places they can be found year round.
The microscopic spores from the mature Amanita fall to the ground like powdered sugar. Some are blown away and some are worked into the soil, where they attach to the mycelium network and begin the fascinating growth cycle to form a fleshy egg-shape, surrounded by a protective membrane. As the mushroom matures, the egg-shape elongates, breaking the veil, and a stalk springs up through the earth. Then the bulbous cap opens to a wide umbrella-shape with fragments of the veil clinging to form spots.
Amanitas can be anywhere from one inch to a foot in diameter. They grow singularly, in groups or fairy rings, and if you ever come across Amanita growing in the woods, walk softly and respectfully past these wonders of Nature, for in each one dwells the spirit of Angels.
They are the elite of the mushroom kingdom, set apart by their distinctive beauty and mystical presence. If you see a mushroom in a fairy tale book, chances are it will be the Amanita Muscaria. Muscaria continues to sprout up in our culture, everywhere from video games to collectibles to keep its magical image alive.
The ritual, shamanistic and religious use of Amanita can be traced back in history to the Vedas extolling the glories of the divine Soma. Through the knowledge of ceremonial purification, Amanita was once the way mystics communed with God. Nowadays we use the mushroom for Shamanistic purposes such as ecstatic happiness and medicinal tonics.
We take pride in keeping the tradition of the spiritual and visionary use of Amanita alive.
A: All vendor Amanita is suspect. And when you take them, you might die.
Amanita purchased through mail order or internet vendors is either chemically inert or contaminated through mishandling, and we wouldn't take it as a gift. Vendor mushrooms are worthless as a medicinal, spiritual sacrament or recreational drug. One such vendor, JLF, has allegedly had three deaths of youths attributed to his products. Click here to read the full story.
Soma is a sacred mushroom, not a commercial product sold by businesspeople online or in shops. Vendor Amanita is not sacred Soma, it's false soma -- so stale and inert you feel nothing or so highly toxic and unpredictable it can cause longlasting psychological harm.
Remember, a "bad acid" trip is nothing compared to a bad Amanita trip. You could wind up either dead or in a state of psychosis that lasts for months.
Vendors warn, "Not for ingestion!" — we agree.
A: If you are going to take Amanita on your own, we strongly recommend positively identified non-commercial Amanita muscaria, and only in moderate doses (see above).
We seriously warn you not to take A. pantherina, A. phalloides, A. virosa or any "yellow", "brown", "green" or "white" colored Amanitas. They're for professionals only.
When we have taken these "high wire" varieties, Hawk carefully checks and shamanically prepares them for us. Without being there to personally check them out, we can't condone their use for anyone else.
A: There is a psychiatric term for degenerates and perverts who drink urine: Urophiliac (the enjoyment of drinking ones own urine). (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition) Click here for more information. (Off-site link. Hit the "Back" button in your web browser to return to our site.)
A: Yes. Our Sacred Soma Shamans book and Secrets of Soma DVD cover a variety of storage methods, including drying, freezing and making tea. We share our tried and true tips so you don't waste your precious Soma trying to figure it all out while your supply weakens or rots away.
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A: Nausea is a symptom of Amanita overdose! It is not an indication of a "good trip." Overdosing on anything is likely to make you nauseous. Our Secrets of Soma DVD, and now our book, Sacred Soma Shamans, have all the information you need to ensure a pleasurable experience.
If you'd like to learn more about Soma, the Amanita muscaria mushroom, our Secrets of Soma DVD is a great way to get acquainted with the delights of Soma, and our Sacred Soma Shamans book takes it to the next level.