Ever wanted to eat a super mushroom and grow tremendously in size? Maybe you have played your favorite video game and watched Mario save his princess many a time by eating the famous booster mushrooms. In fact, finding that big mushrooms in some of those gamer platform levels will really save your life & let you beat Bowser, and win the game!
But enough about video games, we are here to learn about real life. Well it may come as a big surprise, but mushrooms that make you grow do actually exist to a certain extent – at least they make you believe you are growing. You see the mushroom that you find in the famous Nintendo Mario game are based on an existing mushroom that goes by the name of Amanita Muscaria. This fungus has some really special properties and one of them is the effect that it makes a user feel like they are growing in size.
An effect that we also see not only referenced in Mario but also in Alice in Wonderland. The Amanita Muscaria is known as the flytrap mushroom as it attracts and traps flies as food. It is a red mushroom that is usually covered in white spots on the cap. And a large number of people eat them to try to get high, while others see them as a gourmet mushroom. It is indeed true if you boil them up in salted water then you will remove their psychoactive chemicals.
They are packed with a compound called muscimol which has been used for thousands of years for religious ceremonies in Siberia – notably by their shamans. The high is extremely different depending on the user: it may make you feel very good or it may make you feel very confused & bad. Though in nearly all the cases at some point the user felt like they were growing!