Saturday, March 21, 2015

Could Magic Mushrooms Change the World?

British author Simon G Powell thinks he'd have had a slightly less eventful job had he never discovered magic mushrooms. "Probably working in a bookshop, or something," he says when I ask him to speculate.

Instead of chasing up late DVD returns, however, the 50-year-old has just released his second book about shrooms titled Magic Mushroom Explorer: Psilocybin and the Awakening Earth. Psilocybin—if you haven't already been informed via those glow-in-the-dark velvet posters at your local record shop—is a psychedelic tryptamine compound found in around 200 types of mushrooms worldwide. Or, in layman's terms, the stuff that makes you see weird shit when you eat them.

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