The cap of P. semilanceata is 5–25 mm (0.2–1.0 in) in diameter and 6–22 mm (0.24–0.87 in) tall. It varies in shape from sharply conical to bell-shaped. Often with a prominent papilla (a nipple-shaped structure), and does not change shape considerably as it ages. The cap margin is initially rolled inward but unrolls to become straight or even curled upwards in maturity.
The cap is hygrophanous, meaning it assumes different colors depending on its state of hydration. When it is moist, the cap is ochraceous to pale brown to dark chestnut brown. But darker in the center, often with a greenish-blue tinge. When moist, radial grooves (striations) can be seen on the cap that correspond to the positions of the gills underneath. When the cap is dry, it becomes much paler, a light yellow-brown color.
Moist mushrooms have sticky surfaces that result from a thin gelatinous film called a pellicle. This film becomes apparent if a piece of the cap is broken by bending it back and peeling away the piece. When the cap dries from exposure to the sun, the film turns whitish and is no longer peelable. (LIBERTY CAP)
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On the underside of the mushroom’s cap, there are between 15 and 27 individual narrow gills that are moderately crowded together, and they have a narrowly adnexed to almost free attachment to the stipe. Their color is initially pale brown, but becomes dark gray to purple-brown with a lighter edge as the spores mature. The slender yellowish-brown stipe is 45–140 mm (1.8–5.5 in) long by 1–3.5 mm (0.04–0.14 in) thick,and usually slightly thicker towards the base. The mushroom has a thin cobweb-like partial veil that does not last long before disappearing; sometimes, the partial veil leaves an annular zone on the stipe that may be darkened by spores. The flesh is thin and membrane-like,and roughly the same color as the surface tissue.
It has a farinaceous (similar to freshly ground flour) odor and taste. All parts of the mushroom will stain a bluish color if handled or bruised, and it may naturally turn blue with age. (LIBERTY CAP)
How many mushrooms do you need for a trip?
The following chart gives an indication of the dose needed for a medium and strong trip, which will be affected not only by the
strength of the mushroom, but by your previous experience and tolerance. Regular users will experience tolerance (needing more of the drug to get the same effect) – in fact, tolerance to mushrooms is so rapid, that after about a week of daily use, the dose needed to get high would become unswallowable and possibly poisonous. (LIBERTY CAP)
Because of wide variations in both the size and water content (fresh mushrooms are between 5% and 90% water). It is difficult to estimate the number of mushrooms needed for a trip. The dried weight of mushrooms is a much better guide to a desired dose. However, because the law forces retailers to sell only freshly picked magic mushrooms, estimates of the weight of fresh mushrooms needed are also given. The potency (or strength) also varies depending on both the country the mushroom comes from. And if they are wild or cultivated (indoor growing techniques can greatly increase potency).
What drugs are mixed with magic mushrooms?
Mixing other drugs with magic mushrooms is generally not advisable, though many users recommend smoking cannabis as the effects are coming on, because cannabis is an anti-emetic. It reduces nausea and vomiting, the main unpleasant side effects of mushies. Some users also take a half to full dose of ecstasy just before they neck their ‘shrooms. In order to produce a happy,
‘centred’ trip, and to reduce the risk of a bad trip.
By contrast, some people sniff cocaine or speed, or take other trippy drugs like LSD or harmaline when on mushies – often to get more intense experiences. Or just to get more energy (mushies can sometimes be ‘mongy’ on their own). Lastly, as well as using other drugs to intensify or modify the main effects. Some mushroom users use depressant drugs to assist the ‘come down’ into ordinary consciousness afterwards – such as alcohol or tranquillisers – though this is not advisable.