Anthropology

Hallucinogenic lichen — chromatography investigates

“LC-MS revealed that psilocybin, tryptamine and several other compounds having hallucinogenic properties were in the lichen — making this lichen a unique specimen. A species of lichen found in the Ecuadorian Amazon region is thought to contain psilocybin — one of the first species outside of ‘magic mushrooms’ to contain psilocybin. Lichens are a species that are interesting to biologists because they are a composite organism. The lichen — Dictyonema huaorani — is a new species to ethnobotanists…”

Unfortunately, the small sample quantity and the lack of pure reference compounds means that the team cannot definitively state that the lichen is magic. With some psychedelic substances showing potential health benefits — one day we could be joining the shaman on a psychedelic lichen trip. The new lichen was discovered by ethnobotanists Jim Yost and Wade Davis in 1981 — when they were working in the rainforests of Ecuador. A local tribe — the Huaorani people — told them about the lichen that shaman used in their rituals. The tribe had not used the substance for four generations — 80 years — but it was still known about. The tribe was only small and isolated from other tribes in the dense rainforests. Among some tribes, hallucinogens are used as part of social event, they help to make a journey into your subconscious —perhaps the reason we use magi mushrooms to have outer body experiences or experience other worlds.

Original Article (Chromotography Today): Hallucinogen lichen – chromotography investigates
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