magic mushroom

noun

Definition of magic mushroom 

: a fungus (such as genus Psilocybe) containing hallucinogenic alkaloids (such as psilocybin)

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Psychedelic drugs like magic mushrooms and LSD may have a hidden side effect: reducing domestic violence. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Men who use psychedelic drugs are 'roughly half' as likely to abuse their partners, study says," 6 June 2018 In addition to serious hydration, this magic mushroom filters out free-radical damage, helps promote cell renewal, and aids in the skin's natural collagen production to target and prevent the signs of aging from all angles. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Exclusive: Volition Beauty Launches Snow Mushroom Water Serum Just in Time for Summer," 6 June 2018 Along with hallucinogens like mescaline and psilocybin (that is, magic mushrooms), LSD was often blamed for bad trips that sent people to the psych ward. Michael Pollan, WSJ, "The New Science of Psychedelics," 3 May 2018 Millions of baby boomers were coming of age and starting to experiment on their own with LSD, magic mushrooms, peyote, and other hallucinogens. Don Lattin, Slate Magazine, "The War on Drugs Halted Research Into the Potential Benefits of Psychedelics," 3 Jan. 2017 Our idea of magic mushrooms is crisp, golden (legal) substances with the power to lend a bass note of flavor to grain salads, turn a piece of ricotta toast into a meal, or stand alone as a savory side. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "18 Healthy Kale Recipes That Are Anything But Basic," 8 Dec. 2017 Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, isn’t far behind: Several Phase II trials for use as an antidepressant have successfully concluded, and a protocol for Phase III is scheduled to be submitted to the FDA next year. Josh Dean, WSJ, "How MDMA Went From Club Drug to ‘Breakthrough Therapy’," 18 Oct. 2017 The indescribable high, intense emotions, and intimate sense of self experienced under the influence of magic mushrooms are similar to another kind of trip: a religiously mystical experience. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "Religious Leaders Are Experimenting with Psychedelics for Scientific Purposes," 11 Jan. 2017 On the East Coast, a Harvard University researcher dosed seminary students with psilocybin to show that the active ingredient in magic mushrooms could inspire an authentic religious experience. Don Lattin, Slate Magazine, "The War on Drugs Halted Research Into the Potential Benefits of Psychedelics," 3 Jan. 2017

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magic mushroom

noun

Medical Definition of magic mushroom 

: any fungus containing hallucinogenic alkaloids (as psilocybin)

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