Magic Mushrooms Around the World – A Scientific Journey Across Cultures and Time by Jochen Gartz presents new unifying theories based upon years of research into the ethnobotanical aspects of magic mushrooms. Jochen Gartz documents how it was not only early American cultures who used a range of mushrooms but also European cultures have a forgotten past with a number of psychoactive fungi. The book contains some rare descriptions of the use of psychotropic mushrooms. For instance, the story of two teenagers from London who on October 3, 1799, by mistake ate a meal prepared on, most likely, Psilocybe semilanceata picked from St. James’s Green Park resulting in visions of death, delirium and laughter. Magic Mushrooms Around the World is a scientific journey with lots of notes and precise references but it is still highly readable for casual readers.
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We have several other books dedicated to mushrooms and other natural entheogens. Here is a few of my recommendations: