Captured this Fungi in (HSR Layout,Sector-1), I still haven’t been able to find the name of. The spiralling structure and the layering in levels looked interesting.
No need to hide, friends.
So frequently in pairs, aren't they?
I know they're not the best pictures, but this one was huge. Didn't have time to stay and get better shots, so hopefully I can trek back and find it again in a few days.
Hoogh..... villian song
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Inktober Day 20 - Sprout
I already used Ali - Frazier. This one is Mayweather - Pacquiao.
Hello again and welcome back to my learning journey into the intriguing world of fungi. Pre-post disclaimer that I am not an expert in this field by any means and you should always consult a professional before ingesting any mushrooms. The mushroom spotting as of late has been a bit dull unfortunately but I was able to capture these little ones pictured above. Apologies for the picture quality as my phone just did not want to focus on them at all. As per usual we have a bit to talk about before we dive into our mushroom identification and I'm excited about the topic of this post. For this post, we will be diving into the more mystical side of these organisms and taking a look at their psychedelic properties.
I have been researching primarily two aspects of mushroom's psychedelic properties the first being their use in the form of therapy. As of late, there have been more and more studies coming out about the potential of the compound found in some mushrooms Psilocybin when it comes to treating depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD. The other aspect beyond the therapeutic one is their use in humans over the course of our time here on earth. As there are many different cultures that have used or accidentally used different fungus that have these psychedelic effects on our brains.
The dive into the world of medical research has been an interesting one especially with the history of psychedelic use in this field and its taboo nature. Starting with the first of two depression-related trials done by Johns Hopkins Medicine. In 2016 the first trials were done with patients diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. These studies demonstrated that with these Psilocybin treatments paired with psychosocially supported conditions there was a significant reduction in existential anxiety and depression within these patients who had life-threatening diagnoses. For the more recent study that was done the participants were those who have had a long-term history with depression unrelated to a life-threatening diagnosis. This study like the previous also demonstrated a significant decrease in over half of the participants of their symptoms. These two studies alone show much promise as these treatments are few and far between compared to the chronic application of things like SSRIs to treat depression. With the FDA categorizing these treatments as breakthrough therapy we could see more trial approvals in the coming years eventually transforming this into a potential alternative.
Now for something that I find incredibly interesting but a bit morbid that being a particular fungus called ergot. This fungus that affects rye grain has the ability to induce hallucinations, cause irrational behavior, and even death. These symptoms are called Ergotism that is the poisonings from eating grains and its impacts on humans or other creatures. Why are we talking about this specific fungus though well the reason is it may have been a contributing factor in why the Salem witch trials occurred. When looking at journals and documents of the time in Salem the conditions for an outbreak of ergot are perfect. That being a warm and rainy spring/summer in the year 1691. As the rye crop infected with ergot was eaten during the winter of 1691 we begin to see the signs of Ergotism and the witch trials beginning. These witch trials then stop the following summer where we have less ideal conditions for ergot to grow. This isn't the only instance though of the fungus wreaking havoc on human settlements across the world as there are countless others. However, it's a new insight into what was really potentially happening in a very popularized portion of American history.
Now for the second mushroom of the month this month and as a side note identification will be a little bit more challenging this time around. Unfortunately, I didn't study this mushroom as much as I did the other two before or after taking the picture as I was in a bit of a hurry. Going off the picture and what I recall of the little mushroom is what I'll be using to initially help me try to identify this fungus. This mushroom seems to be in the early stages of its growth. So I began searching with key terms such as tiny, baby, or other similar words accompanied with mushroom. It took some digging around before I found the Mycenae Galericulata which is what these two seem to be. These are very common forms of mushroom that can be found in the entire temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. They are considered inedible though even if they were I am still far from confident enough to eat a mushroom I alone have identified. Hopefully, next time around I will not only have a better picture but more time to study the fungus before I leave it alone. Thanks for stopping by see you soon!
* Not my art
Snuggling, keeping warm in the rain.
Nice little cluster in the backyard. Possibly Armillaria cepistipes?
Whoa, Dead Man's Foot on the left? Maybe. Cool? Definitely.
Pisolithus tinctorius. Maybe.