Want Your Fairy Tale Ending, Don’t Start With Amanita Muscaria.

Picture of a mushroom portrayed in fairy tales. Red top with white spots and white stem with a slight skirt near the bottom on a grassy area.
Photo by Edson Ugalde on Unsplash

This is the pretty mushroom. The one frequently seen in fairy tale books. It can be yellow, orange, or red and is commonly called the fly-agaric mushroom.

While this mushroom contains muscimol, a psychoactive agent, the prodrug to muscimol is ibotenic acid, a…



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Lee-Anne Hancock

Lee-Anne Hancock


Retired Poison Control Specialist. Now writing murder mysteries and blogging about life, family, and the fun of retirement.