June 2018 Mycoscope
Magic Mushrooms
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Mycoboutique’s forays are very popular: The July 29 excursion is already full, while there is only a few spots left for August 5 in the Lower Laurentians. From mid-July to mid-August, it is chanterelle season in our area. In nature though, nothing is assured.

Abundance or not, these excursions are always the opportunity for healthy hikes, friendly meetings and stimulating discoveries. Mycoboutique proposes new dates: July 15 in the Laurentians, July 21 in Lanaudiere, and August 11 also in Lanaudiere, and others.

The formula is simple: we meet on-site about an hour away from Montreal at 9:30 in the morning, we hike in the forest with experienced bilingual guides, and we depart at 3:00 in the afternoon, before traffic gets too busy. In addition to this proven formula, Mycoboutique offers tailor-made excursions for groups, families and forest owners: A great idea for team building!

Initiation to Mushrooming
You aspire to know and recognize the best wild mushrooms around? Register now for an initiation (in French) to the best of them Sunday, July 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 in the store!
St. Denis Street Summer Fair
From Aug. 9 to Aug. 12, Mycoboutique participates actively in the seasonal St-Denis Street Fair: in front of the shop, numerous wild mushroom species will be exhibited and you can have your own harvest identified. On August 9th, at 3pm, our experts will demonstrate outdoor cultivation of mushrooms on logs. And it's free.
Make your own Fermented Food
Fermented foods and beverages are becoming more and more popular. Fermentation is a typical DIY process: the next Mycoboutique workshop is Sunday morning Sept. 16.

Throughout the ages, humans have eaten "magic" mushrooms as part of local religious rituals. During the 17th century in Northeastern America for instance, Jesuit missionaries reported that natives tribes used unidentified species in secluded feasts. Indeed, several hallucinogenic species are found in our pastures and forests, notably the Quebec psilocybe (P. quebecencis) and the more potent Liberty Caps (P. semilanceata).

The intended effect, a kind of mystical inebriation, is not always reached. Ambience and expectations matter. So does the concentration of three specific components:  psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystine. The species that contain the most, notably Psilocybe azurescens, P. caerulescens, P. cyanescens, P. cubensis, are the most sought-after by psychonauts: today these are cultivated extensively and, in most jurisdictions, illegally, as you can understand by reading some of our blogs.

Beyond inebriation, their therapeutic properties are the subject of intensive research. Numerous results  seem to confirm that specific components can alleviate depression, alcoholism, smoking, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and anxiety. Conclusions have been exceptionally convincing regarding anxiety in terminal cancer patients.

On this topic, Mycoboutique carries the best books, notably, the seminal Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World by Paul Stamets and the panoramic How to Change Your Mind in which Michael Pollan leads us through seventy years of search and discoveries. Availables in-store or online, of course.

A familiar reminder: Never eat mushrooms you are not sure of.

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