Destroying Angel Mushroom

Destroying Angel Mushroom
by Matthew Jacobsen

The most deadly poisonous fungi are two types of Death Cap called Amanita phalloides and its albino form A. phalloides ssp. verna. Their caps are white or various shades of green, their cuticle does not usually exhibit any remnants of a veil whilst , their stipe, which widens at the base, is encased in a tall, membranous, white volva.

Experiments have proved that although high temperatures lessen the virulence of the poison, they do not destroy the toxic substances. Finally the character of the Death Cap arises during which the poison fully penetrates the blood stream so that any late stomach-pumping is ineffective.

Agaric has a stupefying effect and in some countries it is used as a narcotic. It resembles the deistic potion known as Soma, which dates back. more than 3,000 years. It is also the same hallucinogenic drug: which was used long ago in Siberia, Kamchatka and Chukotka.’ by the indigenous population.

Fly Agaric contains muscarine in its fruit-bodies but only small quantities and the poisonous consequences resulting from this are thus limited. However, the substance called choline which is a chemically related poison, is present in large quantities. The main poisonous substance present in the Fly Agaric: is nevertheless strong acid. Finally the general poisoning cause.’ by the fruit-bodies of the European type of Fly Agaric can recognized by general discomfort, an inclination to vomit, loss. of vision and dizziness.

After this treatment, using preparations of octathionic acid, was developed so that currently it is possible to cure all cases of poisoning by Death Cap, providing the nature of the poisoning quickly established and the recognized procedures are employed.

The course of poisoning by Death Cap is as follows: the first signs appear 8 to 12 hours after the mushrooms have been eaten, although occasionally it may be even later, between 24 and 40 hours. Poisoning becomes evident through stomach aches, cold sweats, vomiting and diarrhoea. The abdomen becomes sensitive to pressure, the liver is swollen and urine is produced only in small quantities. Later the pains recede but periodically return. The patient is conscious throughout, but becomes weak ; the heart-beat periodically falters, the limbs grow cold and the pulse is faint and irregular. The patient becomes unconscious in 2 to 3 days and dies in 5 to 10 days.

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