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Why is it legal to possess Amanita muscaria but not psilocybin mushrooms?

The psilocybin in psilocybin or magic mushrooms is a Schedule 1 drug in the U.S., while the muscimol and ibotenic acid in Amanita muscaria are generally unregulated.

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Is muscimol a psychedelic compound?

Muscimol is a potent and selective orthosteric agonist for the GABA receptors. While it displays sedative-hypnotic, depressant, and hallucinogenic psychoactivity, it is not considered psychedelic. It is considered a deliriant.

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What is the difference between "Amanita muscaria" and "fly agaric"?

“Fly agaric” is a nick name for the Amanita muscaria mushroom because it attracts and kills flies.

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Does Amanita muscaria contain psilocybin?

The Amanita muscaria does not contain psilocybin or psilocin. Rather, the active chemicals this mushroom contains are muscimol, ibotenic acid, and muscarine.

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Are there federal regulations for testing mushrooms?

The federal government designates psilocybin mushrooms to be a Schedule 1 controlled substance that has no medicinal value and therefore there are no federal regulations designed for testing mushrooms. Because psilocybin and psilocin are Schedule 1 substances, handling or possessing them without DEA authorization is a federal crime and punishable under law. However, the DEA does afford companies the ability to apply for federal psilocybin registration. Under this regulation, a company can be allowed to conduct any of seven activities, including manufacturing, distribution, reverse distribution, research, import, export, and chemical analyses.

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Do I need a license to grow mushrooms?

Yes, to grow psychedelic mushrooms in the United States, the company must be approved for federal psilocybin regulation with the DEA or in a state with a regulatory agency set up to govern the use of mushrooms, such as Oregon. In order to grow functional mushrooms, cultivators do not typically need a license.