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Amanita muscaria: Ecology, Chemistry, Myths

Quentin Carboué
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Michel Lopez


Amanita muscaria is the most emblematic mushroom in the popular representation. It is an ectomycorrhizal fungus endemic to the cold ecosystems of the northern hemisphere. The basidiocarp contains isoxazoles compounds that have specific actions on the central nervous system, including hallucinations. For this reason, it is considered an important entheogenic mushroom in different cultures whose remnants are still visible in some modern-day European traditions. In Siberian civilizations, it has been consumed for religious and recreational purposes for millennia, as it was the only inebriant in this region.
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Quentin Carboué, Michel Lopez. Amanita muscaria: Ecology, Chemistry, Myths. Encyclopedia, 2021, 1, pp.905-914. ⟨10.3390/encyclopedia1030069⟩. ⟨hal-03517194⟩


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