Structure and distinctive features
You can find this mushroom in any forest zone on the territory of Russia and in general in that part of the Northern Hemisphere where a temperate climate reigns. He willingly enters into symbiosis with both deciduous and coniferous plants. Amanita's growing season starts in June and lasts until October. Not only in Slavic languages - in many European languages it also got its name due to the fact that it was actively used in the fight against flies. In addition, here and there, this mushroom has become an integral attribute of religious and other rituals.

Structure and distinctive features

The trademark of the fly agaric is its cap with a diameter of 8–20 cm. Initially resembling a hemisphere, as it grows, it becomes flat and even concave. The color ranges from bright red to almost yellow. Usually the hat brightens with age. It is "decorated" with white or pale yellow round warts. Old mushrooms sometimes lose these marks due to rain. But along the edges of the cap they often have a pronounced banding. In young fly agarics, the plates are white, in mature ones, they are slightly yellowed. They are usually thick, with a widening in front and an uneven edge, and they are also quite common. The white pulp near the skin of the cap turns yellow and has a pleasant aroma and taste.
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The leg, in turn, reaches 10–20 cm in length and 2–3.5 cm in thickness. It can be either white or yellowish. Its upper part is weakly striped, and at the base, the leg is dense and tuberous-swollen. On this tuberous thickening, several rows of warts are located in a circle, resembling flakes in shape. The ring is very soft, and therefore sags over time. It is completely white apart from the yellowish edge.


Amanita muscaria grows on all continents except Antarctica. Studies at the molecular level give modern scientists the opportunity to quite confidently assume that Siberia in the Bering Sea region became the cradle of this type of mushroom. And they have inhabited our planet since the Cenozoic era, that is, from 20 to 30 million years.

If we talk about less specific versions, then the forests of the Northern Hemisphere are considered the birthplace of the red mushroom. First of all, in the boreal and temperate zones. And also - the relatively warm regions of the mountain belts located in Central Asia and America, as well as in the Mediterranean. Then the mushroom expanded its possessions to most of the European, Asian and North American countries. And already in the 20th century, together with coniferous seedlings, he "colonized" the Southern Hemisphere: African, Australian, New Zealand and South American territories.
Modern scientists have found out that the fly agaric bears its name is not entirely deserved. After all, the insecticidal properties attributed to him for centuries, in the traditional sense, he does not have. Numerous experiments have confirmed that the substances contained in this mushroom kill flies, but not directly, but indirectly.

Here's the thing. As we remember, in a mature mushroom, the cap takes on a concave shape, and rainwater accumulates in it, which becomes an ideal medium for the active dissolution of alkaloids. Such a "tincture" in a matter of minutes intoxicates the flies who have decided to quench their thirst. Falling asleep, they drown and die. The same effect can be achieved by finely chopping the fly agaric into a container and pouring water or milk into it. If you promptly remove the disconnected insect from the liquid and leave it "on land", after 10-12 hours it will wake up and return to its usual way of life.

People also face similar problems. These can be both small children left unattended and having tried a bright, beautiful mushroom, as well as adults who have irresponsibly approached the acquisition of a hallucinogenic experience. It also happens that inexperienced mushroom pickers confuse them with representatives of other species. For example, very young specimens, due to their light colors, resemble raincoats, and old ones, whose flakes have already washed off, are edible Caesar mushroom.
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Fly agaric bears its name is not entirely deserved


The concentration of active ingredients depends on a number of factors.
Amanita's key active ingredients are a duo of ibotenic acid and muscimol. In order for an adult to show the first signs of psychotonic syndrome (it is also called mycoatropin), as a rule, one hat is enough. It is better if it is large and fresh. We are talking about 30-60 mg and 6 mg of ibotenic acid and muscimol, respectively.

However, these are averaged data that can be used by professionals who know what kind of material they are working with. The concentration of active ingredients depends on a number of factors. For example, fly agarics growing in Siberia contain significantly more alkaloids than their other relatives. Moreover, in spring and summer, the concentration of muscimol and ibotenic acid is an order of magnitude higher than in autumn.

With regard to deaths, the only documented episode occurred in the nineteenth century in the United States. But in the last century, representatives of the North American Mycology Association (NAMA) have not recorded a single reliable case of death due to the use of red mushroom. The lethal dose in this case is a very conditional concept. 20 fresh amanita fruit bodies are considered to be such. You can use this amount only with intent. In addition, modern medicine makes it easy to suppress the negative consequences of an mushroom overdose.
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In many sources, by inertia, this mushroom is still called deadly, but in fact, adherents of such formulations tend to exaggerate too much. The active ingredients of the fly agaric dissolve easily in water, especially during boiling. Therefore, it will not be difficult for a more or less experienced specialist to turn the fly agaric into a completely edible mushroom. The most common recipe has 3 key ingredients. First, boiling twice or three times and removing the broth. Secondly, long-term drying. Thirdly, soaking and boiling. Although many are generally limited to a few boils with the removal of the decoction.

One of the hallmarks of this mushroom is the unpredictability of the consequences. The result is influenced by the region where the mushroom grows, and the dose taken, and the physical condition of the person, and even the morale. Sensations can be very diverse: visual and auditory distortions, mood swings up to euphoria, relaxation, drowsiness, trembling, low blood pressure and loss of balance.

An impressive overdose on the verge of poisoning is fraught with delirium, confusion, irritability and, of course, hallucinations. In especially difficult cases, convulsions are annoying. Even a coma is possible. It usually takes 30-90 minutes from the time of consumption to the onset of symptoms. The peak of sensations occurs 3 hours after the start. And a complete return to the normal state occurs in 12-24 hours. However, the residual effects sometimes last for several days.

Due to the aforementioned unpredictability of the consequences, the red fly agaric remained in the shadow of psilocybin mushrooms for a very long time. They were significantly more popular due to their predictability. And that's the key to massive recreational use. The spectrum of potential effects is very wide: from sedation and even sleep to excitement, hallucinations, accelerated living of many different lives, as well as micro- and macropsia, when a person perceives himself to be significantly reduced or increased.

The situation changed markedly when the persecution of psilocybin-containing mushrooms began. After legal prohibitions, their use in many countries has become problematic. Then adherents of microdosing began to pay more and more attention to fly agarics. There are plenty of vivid examples all over the world. Thus, in some regions of Lithuania, the ritual use of these mushrooms infused with vodka is increasingly practiced during wedding feasts. And in general, more and more local holidays are not complete without their use. In addition, the Lithuanians also harvest dried fly agarics, and then supply them to the Sami, the inhabitants of the Far North, who use them in shamanic rituals.

The traditions of the use of amanita by peoples who have lived in Siberia from time immemorial are actively reviving. We are talking about the representatives of the Uralic language family living in Western Siberia, and about the Paleo-Asian peoples living in the Russian part of the Far East. But the Tungus and Turkic ethnic groups on the territory of Central Siberia practically do not use the entheogenic properties of this mushroom, although occasionally there are single evidence of such ceremonies.

In the western part of Siberia, the traditions of using the red amanita have always been strong. But its application for a long time remained in the competence of shamans. It was a convenient way for them to achieve trance. Otherwise, they had to achieve this state by ritual dances for several hours. That is, in the west of Siberia, the fly agaric was primarily a ceremonial instrument.

But in the east of the region, these mushrooms were not the prerogative of shamans. Yes, they actively used them for mystical rituals, but ordinary members of the tribe also used fly agarics, so to speak, for recreational purposes. It was in Eastern Siberia that a simple but effective way to filter the components contained in these mushrooms was invented. To avoid a number of side effects, the local tribes came up with the idea of drinking the urine of people who ate fly agaric. Despite this filtering, psychoactive elements in this case have an even stronger effect.

People did not come to the discovery that the human body is an excellent filter of their own free will. The Koryaks are a classic example. This ethnos had a strict ban on self-collecting fly agarics, and not everyone had the financial opportunity to acquire them from a shaman. Only rich Koryaks allowed themselves such a luxury. And the poor - yes, that's right - were content to consume their urine. Over time, they noticed that in this way they get not only the worst, but even the best effect.

The traditions of using fly agarics differ significantly from tribe to tribe. Modern researchers have about 15 ways to use them. They are eaten raw and dried, baked and fried. Decoctions and extracts are prepared from them. And the most exotic method is eating deer meat, previously fed with fly agarics.

Of course, the goal that a person pursued has always played an important role in ceremonies. For example, shamans used primarily old fruiting bodies for their rituals. And hunters and young men who underwent the initiation rite used young unopened hats peeled from the skin, because they contain the highest concentration of active substances.

Amanita was an integral component of the concoctions that Scandinavian and ancient German berserkers and Ulfhednars consumed to achieve a frantic state on the eve of battle. According to some hypotheses, the red fly agaric, along with ephedra and harmala, was part of soma, a ritual drink of the Vedic and ancient Persian cultures.
The use of this mushroom also has the reverse side of the coin. Many people, on the contrary, tried to get rid of psychoactive elements and turn it into an ordinary edible mushroom. Since its toxins are distinguished by excellent water solubility, a fly agaric, cut into small pieces and boiled several times, is no different from, say, a porcini mushroom.

A detailed instruction on the detoxification of the fly agaric back in 1823 was compiled by naturalist and doctor of medicine Georg Heinrich von Langsdorf. And already at the end of the century, his colleague Felix Archimedes Pouchet actively promoted the idea of eating amanita. One of his arguments was a comparison with cassava, a tuberous tropical plant that was an important source of food for the tribes of South America, but required mandatory detoxification before eating.

North America did not lag behind in this regard. Local residents also actively ate amanita for the most prosaic purposes. For example, the famous botanist Frederick W. Covill, in his works of the late 19th century, mentioned a black seller who traded in Washington these mushrooms prepared according to his special recipe. He steamed and soaked them in grape vinegar. The result of these manipulations went well with the steaks.
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Without psychoactive substances, the fly agaric looks like a porcini mushroom
They also like to eat fly agarics in some regions of Japan. Local residents also see them primarily as edible mushrooms, and not as a component of mystical rituals. In particular, in the city of Nagano and the prefecture of the same name, they are most often pickled and salted.

In the current conditions of globalization, such traditions are gaining popularity far beyond their regions. Therefore, they began to look at the red fly agaric from a different angle around the world. A vivid evidence of this is the publications of mycologist David Arora on the traditions of using these mushrooms in food and methods of detoxification.

In his works, the author insists that the fly agaric in the specialized literature should be described primarily as an edible mushroom. Adding instructions for neutralizing its toxins, of course. Today, says Arora, the fly agaric is a victim of many prejudices. And this is the only reason why many would prefer to die of hunger than to try the "poisonous" mushroom.

But let's get back to the ritual use of fly agarics.


There are 3 main stages of the fly agaric trip
Researchers distinguish 3 main stages of the fly agaric trip. In some cases, they come in sequence. And some show effects that are characteristic of only one of them. They are as follows:

1. The person feels unreasonable fun and excitement. He feels stronger and more agile. This stage is usually typical for young people.

2. Hallucinogenic effects make themselves felt. A person is still aware of himself, his actions and can even conduct a dialogue, but as if he is in a different dimension. Therefore, he can hear and see previously inaccessible, which means that he can experience an incredible experience.

3. The stage of altered consciousness begins. A person loses connection with the real world, completely plunging into the illusory. However, for quite a long time he retains motor activity and the ability to speak, and only then finally falls into a deep narcotic sleep.
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Even the great Paracelsus, almost 5 centuries ago, suggested using the red fly agaric for the prevention of tuberculosis and the treatment of diabetes. And traditional healers took it into service even earlier, and the range of application was extremely wide. Tinctures and other preparations based on fly agaric helped to heal wounds and bruises, as well as to treat diseases of the stomach, nervous system, glands and joints.

Biochemists have carefully studied the active ingredients contained in the fly agaric. First of all, they drew attention to the antibiotic pigment of a fiery orange color. Among other things, it is able to significantly slow down the development of tumors. This pigment is contained in the skin of the cap. But the pulp is also rich in various healing elements.

Therefore, today not only traditional healers, but also huge pharmaceutical companies use the properties of red mushroom to combat a wide range of ailments: from tonsillitis and tuberculosis to epilepsy, sclerosis and even cancer. However, the toxicity of raw materials is still a problem even in the eyes of the scientific community. Therefore, in many countries, mushroom-based preparations are not used. But there are enough of those where prejudice did not prevail. These are, among others, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Russia, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand. Also, fly agaric is one of the important figures in homeopathy. Preparations based on it are recommended for combating most diseases known to modern medicine.
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It is able to significantly slow down the development of tumors.
But let's go back to the past again. How did people who initially saw an insecticidal agent in the fly agaric discover its healing properties? Most likely, such thoughts were prompted by observation of animals. Cows, deer, elk, squirrels, bears, and even some birds have been seen eating amanita. Presumably, it was livestock, which, after eating mushrooms, became no worse, but on the contrary, only better, and turned out to be a weighty argument.

By the way, the Slavic tribes became pioneers in the field of using fly agarics for treatment. Moreover, the peoples of Siberia, where this mushroom became an integral attribute of shamanic rituals, adopted healing knowledge from immigrants from the Slavic lands. The Slavic trace in the popularization of the fly agaric is also indicated by its most active use in our time on the territory of Eastern Europe.

A long time ago, Slavic healers empirically came to use fresh only the lower part of the legs of young mushrooms. Everything else was sent to dry, and then ground into powder. Today's amanita connoisseurs practice a finer division through scientific research, but overall this trend was correct.

Means for external use of fly agaric are ointments and tinctures. They are effective in treating wounds, burns, frostbite, abscesses, ulcers and some skin conditions. After all, even fresh mushroom caps applied to the wound actively contribute to its healing. However, this mushroom is able to take care not only of the skin. Amanita relieves pain in bones, joints and muscles, and also fights salt deposits. Itching, soreness and swelling of the auricles are also in his competence. With visual impairment, cataracts, conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids, fly agaric is also actively used.

As for internal use, alcoholic tinctures on fly agaric in folk medicine have always been considered drugs of a wide spectrum of action. Diarrhea and constipation, pain in the heart and stomach, paralysis and sclerosis, erectile dysfunction and menstrual irregularities are just some of the problems that are commonly treated with amanita-based preparations. Not to mention, they boost immunity and promote longevity.

The effectiveness of these drugs has been proven for centuries. That is why both homeopathy and traditional medicine subsequently came to their use.


The value of the red fly agaric is difficult to overestimate. It remains only to thank the ancestors who, by trial and error, revealed its full potential and carried this knowledge through the centuries to give it to us. And thanks to the research of modern scientists, we can achieve amazing results that humanity could only dream of in the past. Amanita's potential is fully disclosed. It's time to reveal yours.