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write treatises and preach an enlightened gospel, but what do all their
knowledge and all their cautious advice weigh Small cliques of amateurs
exist, but the public is not stirred. In a recent elaborate American work on
mushrooms the author1 brings himself to write a chapter on mycophagy,
but confesses that he himself almost never lets mushrooms enter his mouth!
Not thus does one inspire appetite in others.
The major dangers associated with psilocybin poisonings are primarily psychological in nature. Anxiety or
panic states ("bad trips"), depressive or paranoid reactions, mood changes, disorientation and an inability
to distinguish between reality and fantasy may occur.
Recommended treatment for this type of poisoning should always be primarily supportive. Mycologist Dr.
Joseph Ammirati of the University of Washington and his colleagues claim that "no specific treatment can
be recommended for psilocybin poisoning in humans". Other doctors have "stressed the importance of
measures to reduce absorption of the toxins involved". This involves either, e.g., gastric lavage or emesis
Lincoff & Mitchell, 1977; Rumack & Saltzman, 1978; Smith, 1978).
1. Emesis. 15-30 cc of ipecac syrup followed by large amounts of oral liquids (500 cc).
2. Supportive treatment: i.e. the "talk-down" technique is the preferred method for handling "bad
trips". It involves non-moralizing, comforting, personal support from an experienced individual. This
is further aided by limiting external stimulation such as intense light or loud sounds and letting the
person lie down and perhaps listen to soft music. "On Being Mad." By Humphry Osmond. Saskarchewan Psychiatric Services Journal. Vol. I. No. 2. September.
1952. "The Mescalin Phenomena." By John Smythies. The British Journal of the Philosophy of Science. Vol. III.
February, 1953. "Schizophrenia: A New Approach." By Abeam Hoffer, Humphry Osmond and John Smythies. journal
of Mental Science. Vol. C. No. 418. January, 1954.
Numerous other papers on the biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology and neurophysiology of schizophrenia sad
the mescalin phenomena are in preparation
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