Anyone of a certain age will remember there was always some long-haired unhealthy looking guy at the party doling out various varieties of “magic mushrooms” as a change from the bitter weed or booze. Certain species of mushrooms were supposed to unlock repressed of forgotten memories, especially from childhood. A lot sager than LSD and a lot cheaper than hypno-therapy. But did these Magic memory Mushrooms actually work?
One of the problems is that unless you have access top a means to confirm your recovered memory, it may be a false one. So in order to be sure it is a valid, corroborated memory you’ll need a person, a record, a photo or a video to check.
Unless you have a retentive memory, memories are weak and fickle things, and can be re-shaped subconsciously after the event by subsequent events, emotions or people’s testimonies given as fact. Add to the fact that the mushrooms, while unlocking your memories, may be tainting them with their active chemicals and you have a problem.
The first thing to say is that experimenting with mushrooms is really a no-no. Some varieties can only be identified with the aid of a microscope, and some deadly shrooms are very similar in look to edible and/or magic mushrooms.
.Psilocybe mushrooms are the type that can cause hallucinations, or give you the belief that you have uncovered a childhood memory because they contain the psychotropic tryptamines psilocybin and psilocin.
Unlike manufactured psychotropic drugs such as LSD, magic mushrooms have a long history dating back thousands of years as part of religious or spiritual ceremonies. But the bottom line is that in experiements in the 1970s and 80s, in test conditions, controlled amounts of magic mushrooms failed to produce memories that could be corroborated. Some were blatantly wrong, like someone who believed they had a kid brother who disappeared at age 6 months, proved to be false, and some who fell into the alien abduction camp.
Recent UK study has revealed that 12 – 15% of people aged 16 or over have tried magic mushrooms. Mostly rural rather than inner-city. I guess they just don’t travel well.
Oh well, back to the edible and non-hallucigonec varieties- they keep your memories locked away and uncorrupted, and also tase better!