This common Autumn mushroom has been illegal to pick, prepare, eat or sell since 2005 as they are now considered a class A drug. Liberty Caps contain the active ingredients psilocybin and psilocin, which can cause hallucinations and in some cases, nausea or vomiting.
|Common Names||Liberty Cap (EN), Magic Mushroom (US), Shroom (US), Cap Hud (CY), Łysiczka Lancetowata (PL), Hegyes Badargomba (HU)|
|Scientific Name||Psilocybe semilanceata|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5|
|Average Cap width (CM)||1|
The cap can vary in shape, size and colour. When young it is translucent brown and will stay brown if the weather is wet, if the cap dries it becomes buff/white/grey/silver but almost always has a darker to black bottom edge. The cap has a ‘nipple’ which can be quite pronounced or barely present and the bottom edge always tucks under. When fresh, the cap has a translucent covering that, if you are very careful, can be peeled away.
The gills start light grey/black, are mottled and have a lighter edge but become very dark purple/black as the spores are released.
The stem is off white, slightly shaggy on close inspection, can have a blueish base with mycelium still joined. The stem usually curves and bends and is rarely straight.
More common in fields, moors and grassland where animals are grazed but can be found in lawns and in parks.
Some of the Mottlegills from the genus Panaeolus can look similar but none have both a pronounced umbo and a bent and curving stem. Some of the grassland bonnets (Mycena sp.) might look similar with age too, however their striated cap might be a relatively easy giveaway.
Dark purple. Ellipsoid.
Magic Mushrooms are currently treated the same as heroin or LSD and are class A drugs but very recently (Oct 2021) the government was looking to change this due to the apparent benefits from treating certain illnesses with psilocybin and psilocin, the active components of Magic Mushrooms. These include chronic depression and PTSD. The research is ongoing but they do seem to be proving useful in the medical field.
i have come across many of these little gems in the past. From memory although now a class A drug they were not in the 70s (or earlier) and you could pick them without having to worry about the law. How times change!
The U.S have legalised magic mmushie usage for over 21’s. Apparently their big statue is to be renamed, The Statue of Liberty Cap.
Decriminalisation and legalisation are two different things, and they aren’t even decriminalised in every US states. In most of the US, possession is still illegal, but they aren’t priority any longer (check the term: deprioritisation, please)!
Anyone know what Ireland’s laws are on psilocybin mushrooms are?
It is illegal to possess, consume and trade it since 31/01/2006 (check S.I. No. 53/2006 – Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations).
these mushrooms grow wild and free,why is it any business of any government or authority to tell people what to choose to do with them. Do they propose creating a poison to eliminate them. If a law cannot be upheld then the law is an “ass”.
Their argument will be… why should the NHS pay tens of thousands because someone has been admitted for liver failure just because some moron goes foraging without knowing what they are looking for.
Any counter argument is blasphemy
Counter argument is rediculous… Government don’t want the masses awake. Hence they are illigal…
I’d imagine the percentage of liver failure due to (any) mushroom misidentification compared to alcohol consumption (£taxes!) is probably pretty negligible. Not that i’m arguing for more state control there either! :/ And these days, the NHS would probably just leave you waiting in the corridor ’til your liver had done itself in anyway…
Spot on Sarah. Many uses for this mushroom. Not taken them in a long time though. Marry have to put my waking boots on.
Psilocybin does have therapeutic properties, it is proven especially in areas of mental health.
Druids ate the ‘ Fly Agaric’ as they beleived it imported knowledge and enlightment.Why I wonder has it been categorised as a class A drug. They grow naturally in abundance at certain times of the year.People should be able to foarage and pick them as they wish.
Alcohol is a Drug does a lot more damage to people but its legal!! Alcohol is a depressant yet it is glamorised and disguised in many different ways.
Alcohol is toxic but freely available. Alcohol duty generates revenue for the goverment
looking for an alternative to pain killers.
A lot of research is happening with the chemicals from Liberty Caps which is of great interest but we are a foraging company and can’t advise them for medicinal use as we don’t know enough about the subject.
I consumed liberty cap mushrooms many years ago. I have bi polar depression which is hell sometimes but have learned to live with it, becoming somewhat normal part of every day life. I generally go with the flow. I have decided this year to use LC’s and document my journey. Knowing what I got from them many years ago, I am of the view they will help me. I’ve thought a lot about it and consider my decision to be based on sensible research. I don’t know if it will work but I do know short term that it most probably will have benefits. Personally I couldn’t give a hoot what the Government say. It’s my decision. It’s a benefit that one took only a handful of times, spaced out(pardon the pun) over many years
If it works this time I expect to share my experience with the medical profession and I would indeed be prepared to go to prison for it. I’m on medication, have been for over twenty years. I’m a complete basket case without it and with it I’m functional,however life could definitely be better. In my mind I’m very motivated but in practice not so much. I don’t want or need negativity with authorities but if it works then I’m prepared to be punished, however unjustly but prepared nevertheless. I’m just looking for a brighter future, nothing more nothing less.
P.S: I would not advise anyone to do this without thorough research and yes, I will document everything from dosage, time and equally important, mood! I will also discuss everything with my GP, I’m not asking for permission to do this, as previously stated, it’s my decision.