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ushrooms can be dangerous
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THURSDAY, APR. 29, 1976
ring inspires some people to
er through verdant meadows
[liidking flowers. Others slosh
Migh muddy pastures scrutiniz-
piles of cow manure usually in
th of mushrooms containing
isikcybim, an hallucinogenic drug,
■thrives in such conditions.
I e health center on the Texas
1 University campus recently
tted a male student who was
Itened by his own hallucinations
[drinking some mushroom tea.
■he only physical ailment he had
■phat we gave him, said Dr.
Claude B. Goswick, director of the
Trital, He was referring to a drug
administered to induce nausea,
tl e hope that the student would
it any unabsorbed mushrooms
“1 don’t believe that people hal-
ujnating are having fun,” Goswick
|o|tended, “although they seem
[ectly all right afterwards. ” Gos-
said a “clean-cut” all-American
male came to the hospital for
last year after the mushrooms
[had eaten caused his Playboy
ter fold to appear three-
ensional, and virtually come to
ospital cases involving drugs are
[ally reported to either the Uni-
ity Police or Student Affairs.
Possession of psilocybin is a grade
misdemeanor punishable by fines
up to $2,000, one year in prison, or
both. Sale of psilocybin is a 3rd de
gree felony punishable by fines up to
$5,000 and two to ten years in pris
“I haven’t been confronted with a
case yet,” said Bradley Smith, assis
tant district attorney, when asked
whether possession of mushrooms
was considered possession of
psilocybin. “It would depend on the
circumstances, and whether the
conduct was knowing and inten
tional.” If proof existed that an indi
vidual had deliberately picked only
mushrooms growing in cow manure,
Smith said charges would probably
Symptoms associated with
psilocybin intoxication are varied
and include hallucinations, in
creased blood pressure, sweating,
dilation of the pupils, temperature
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increase, body hair standing on end,
nausea and vomiting. Increased
deep muscle tension, distortion of
time sense, emotional disturbances
such as extreme hilarity and diffi
culty in concentration, as well as
mental and physical depressiom are
Spanish conquerors of Mexico
found the Indians using psilocybin
mushrooms in religious ceremonies
for worshiping deities. The ancient
Aztecs referred to such mushrooms
as the “flesh of the gods,” and in the
Indian mind, Christianity offered
Psilocybe cubensis and Stropharia
cubensis are the strains of hal
lucinogenic mushrooms commonly
found near A&M. They have a
golden-orange nipple on top, are
whitish near the edge (turning black
with age), and have black gills un
derneath. The stem is whitish at top,
has a dark circle one-third of the way
down and is yellowish with blue-
green streaks toward the bottom.
When pinched or broken, the stem
There are several varieties of
poisonous mushrooms which re
semble Psilocybe cubensis, and can
result in illness and death if eaten.
Even experts have difficulty iden
tifying “safe” mushrooms.
Dr. W. A. Taber and his wife Ruth
are mycologists (specialists in fungal
life) on the A&M campus, specializ-
lUSTIN — A group headed by
[versify of Texas student body
identjay Adkins delivered a pet-
i yesterday to the office of Sen.
[n Tower, R-Tex., asking him to
iw his support for the con-
ersial revision of the federal
Adkins and about 10 other persons
gave the 1,500-name petition to
Tower aide Shrya Dair.
Tower is a cosponsor of Senate Bill
1, but his aide said it was uncertain
whether the senator supported all of
vggie dates studied
[survey on dating among Aggies
)eing conducted by the same
[pie who ran the breast-petting
key last semester.
Question books and answer sheets
be picked up at the following
On campus: Hughes 324, Krueger
400, Law 2K, Legett 52 & 55, Moses
104, Mosher 317, Puryear 3A.
Off campus: Barcelona 2406, Bed
ford 207B, Doux Chene 290, Old
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ing in the identification of all var
ieties of mushrooms. They are often
contacted by frightened mothers
holding a half-eaten mushroom in
one hand and a crying child in the
The effect of psilocybin mus
hrooms varies with dosage, indi
vidual mental and physical health,
environment, and contact with other
“I’d advise people to avoid mus
hrooms like the plague,” said Dr.
Goswick. “Hallucinations are
dangerous. You’re out of touch with
reality, and may do things that are
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