Buy Magic Mushrooms
The term “buy magic mushrooms” refers to any fungus that contains psilocybin, a chemical compound that, when digested into psilocin, produces psychedelic experiences and an altered state of consciousness. Psilocybin mushrooms—often shortened to “shrooms” in the US—include Psilocybe semilanceata, which is found throughout North America and Europe, and Psilocybe cubensis, which was first scientifically described in Cuba and is native to much of South and Central America.
Human societies have used psilocybin mushrooms for thousands of years, and they are depicted in prehistoric art in both Europe and Mesoamerica. During the Spanish conquest, Catholic missionaries suppressed the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms in America, but they were still used in indigenous ceremonies in Mexico. Life magazine published an account of two ethnomycologists who took part in a similar ceremony in 1957 (it was revealed in 2016 that their expedition was funded by the CIA’s Project MKUltra). Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who first synthesized LSD, isolated the psychedelic compound psilocybin a year later.
Through the 1960s, researchers and psychedelic gurus such as Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson popularized the magic mushroom.