Is the fly agaric poisonous?

In raw fly agaric, there are two main active substances - muscarine and ibotenic acid, and the others can be disregarded as their quantity in the fly agaric is extremely small. These toxins, when entering the body, cause poisoning, which is characterized by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, dizziness, hallucinations, dilated pupils, and increased blood pressure.

🔸So when does fly agaric go from being poisonous to medicinal?

It happens when the fly agaric is properly dried at the right temperature and aged. During the drying process, toxins break down and transform into muscimol. This is why poorly dried fly agaric becomes a poison rather than a remedy.

Muscimol is responsible for all the positive effects described when consuming fly agaric, but at the same time, it is a psychoactive substance. Muscimol suppresses neuron excitation, inducing a mild sense of euphoria, reduced anxiety, and drowsiness. So, at very low doses, it can result in a good mood and a strong sleep. However, this is not the only benefit it offers.

Possessing antispasmodic, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antiviral properties, the red fly agaric is used in folk medicine for various conditions, including rheumatism, early-stage cancer, tuberculosis, urinary tract disorders, colitis, and more.

Infusions and compresses made from this mushroom aid in wound healing, contusions, rheumatism, stomach disorders, nervous system conditions, glandular tumors, tuberculosis, and many other ailments. Biochemical research results have shown that the skin of the red fly agaric cap contains the antibiotic substance muscarufin - a fiery-orange pigment that inhibits tumor growth. The mushroom flesh also possesses valuable healing properties. It's worth mentioning that even Paracelsus in the 16th century recommended the red fly agaric as a good remedy for diabetes and tuberculosis prevention.

‼️It's important to carefully monitor the dosage and not exceed 1-1.5 grams per day; more does not necessarily mean better.

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