Buy magic mushrooms
The phrase “buy magic mushrooms” refers to any fungus that contains psilocybin, a chemical compound that, when digested, produces psychedelic experiences and an altered state of consciousness. Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as “shrooms” in the United States, include Psilocybe semilanceata, which is native to North America and Europe, and Psilocybe cubensis, which was first scientifically described in Cuba and is native to much of South and Central America.
Psilocybin mushrooms have been used by humans for thousands of years, and they are depicted in prehistoric art in both Europe and Mesoamerica. Despite the fact that Catholic missionaries prohibited the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms in America during the Spanish conquest, 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 (their expedition was funded by the CIA’s Project MKUltra, it was revealed in 2016). A year later, Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who first synthesized LSD, isolated the psychedelic compound psilocybin.
Researchers and psychedelic gurus like Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson popularized the magic mushroom throughout the 1960s.