Magic Mushrooms

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Magic Mushrooms growing in Southampton, England. Causes hallucinations and stomach aches  © Southampton Old Lady

In response to the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: MAGIC

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30 thoughts on “Magic Mushrooms

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  2. Are you having a good Saturday? Intriguing take on the challenge. Aesthetically, they look appealing. I have migraine and cluster headaches but would never go near them, even if offered by a medical practitioner. I love my brain, a lot.

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      • When I was being treated for cancer (optic nerve tumour and brain tumour) years ago, the anti-pain medicine Fentanyl was just being tested on humans, I was one of the people who agreed to serve as a test subject in February/March of 1989, at the Loma Linda University Medical Center/Cancer Center, in California.

        Anyway, such vivid conversations I had with inanimate objects when taking that medicine — a slightly different form of Fentanyl than is available today. Of course, I don’t remember any of those conversations. Have just been told about it, since. LOL

        BTW, if you ever need cancer treatment (and can afford to be treated there) they are probably the best in the world at what they do. http://cancer-center.lomalindahealth.org/ Highly recommended.

        Let’s hope any of you never need to have cancer treatment, and of course, SOL, hoping that you never need cancer treatment again!

        I have always been suspicious of mushrooms, but one day I just bet, that some of these poisonous plants will turn out to be miraculous medicines once they are diluted or ‘cooked’ in some way. It seems to be the way of things.

        OK, this is a food thing, not a medicine thing — but Canola oil (one of the best and cheapest all-purpose cooking oils) is actually poisonous before it is processed. Canola (a trade name) is actually a variant of the Rapeseed grain which has poisonous oils in it’s seedheads — however, after processing it, Rapeseed oil is rendered harmless and is low in saturated fat, etc.

        It was renamed Can-ola, because a Can-adian citizen invented the process to render rapeseed oil, usable. And in fact, it turned out to be one of the best all-purpose cooking oils around.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola

        Look at this nice photo of Canola… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola#/media/File:Canola_field.jpg

        Cheers! JBS

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      • I am pleased that you had good doctors LTB, I did too with the NHS for Hodgkin Lymphoma. I did not know how Canola got its name – but did know about the process. There are many poisonous things that become harmless once cooked or processed.

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  3. We had similar ‘shooms that grew on VAncouver Island across from my high school and in the fall children would join the drug-tourists who arrived from all over western North American to partake of the harvest. (Not I, of course.) School was definitely an altered reality for some.

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  4. I know enough to know I can’t pick wild mushrooms. My dad knows about them though, and I can still remember a breakfast when we were camping in the New Forest and we had some wonderful wild mushrooms for breakfast.

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    • I picked some puffballs once because Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall did a programme about it, but they gave me a bad stomach – perhaps they weren’t fresh – I stick to shop-bought ones, especially after a woman died eating wild mushrooms on the Isle of Wight a few years back. These ones are easily recognisable by the ‘nipples’ on top. People tend to dry them before eating them. The trend with (or even without stomach pains) has never appealed to me.

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  5. We have shrooms that grow in our grove and under our trees. I have no idea what kind they are or what they would do. I just look at them, marvel at them and then move on. Your picture does make them look magical!

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