It is almost impossible to imagine modern life without stimulants. Coffee, for instance, is one such stimulant – hardly anyone asks why you need a drug to feel awake, when that very question seems to me to be a rather essential one.
I answer that question elsewhere, but there are types of people in our society who don’t fare so well, and these are people in whom something is wrong with the nervous system, so they constantly feel they have to be on their guard, constantly living in the pressure of a ‘fight or flight’ reaction which causes exhaustion and stress, and ultimately always results in a flight to a stimulant that manages to overcome the lethargy they experience.
Cocaine, speed, Meth
Substances like that, in other words. And then I’ll take it a little wider and add all the substances dispensed for ‘ADHD’: Aderall and other substances that are simply a chemically modified form of speed. Speed that is even dispensed to children to ‘pay attention in school’ without any sense of responsibility on the part of the dispensers for the brains of these poor children.
Could Amanita be an alternative?
Amanita also has a stimulant side. Indeed, it is one of the most powerful stimulants you will find in nature. It is the forest’s gift to animals to help them get through the winter.
I dare say that microdosing Amanita is a much, much better and, for your body, healthier idea than taking advantage of speed or aderall or any other chemical stimulant.
The common stimulants cause a dangerous kind of vasoconstriction, and Amanita doesn’t do that at all. You know the ‘tightness’, a phenomenon you get on MDMA too, which often includes speed.
With Amanita, the talking point is ‘Ibotenic acid’. This is an acid that acts on the glutamate receptors of your brain. That’s where the discussion usually ‘ends’ then, and what they don’t tell you is that a bag of chips does the same. The glutamate recpetors are essentially sugar receptors that generate energy and thus stimulate it. So nothing special, they are running all day in modern society.
We need to get back to a science…that is scientific. The stories surrounding Amanita Muscaria originate in a certain sect and are not supported by scientific research. If Ibotenic acid is actually harmful it should be proven by scientific research, and by the fact that such damage can be observed in nature. It is known that deer, for example, eat this mushroom all the time – if it is so harmful to brains, you would think that deer knew to become particularly stupid creatures in evolution.
And this was confirmed for me by a medical specialist on reddit. Back to the question: as a stimulant, is Amanita more suitable for people who suffer from lack of lust, from lethargy, from a nervous system that is not properly configured?
The answer is an unflinching yes. If I had to choose a song that is the Amanita Muscaria theme song, it would be ‘Lust for Life’ by Iggy Pop. Lust for life! Lust for life! You like to shout it out after eating 1 or 2 hats of this mushroom.
And that many people would benefit from that lust for life is a fact. That dark pharma’s products with their speed and addictive pills are better – you are welcome to believe that from me. I do want to tell you that the Amanita mushroom has never been found to be addictive. There has never been anyone in this world who has had to withdraw from this mushroom.
Martijn Benders, Mierlo, 22-01-2023