posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 03:00 PM
reply to post by blupblup
Oddly enough, or rather quite uniquely, there is no known history of psilocybine use in China. The only known reference is for a cure for 'laughing
sickness' caused by accidently ingesting 'weed mushrooms', psilocybine producing mushroom. Clearly the Chinese used various mushrooms both for
culinary and medicinal purposes, but not for spiritual reasons, and there doesn't seem to have been any taboo against it either.
It is perhaps because they relied so heavily on mushrooms and fungi as a food source, unlike the West that didn't really embrace mushrooms as a
protein source, that they rejected their psilocybine producers Panaeolus subbalteatus which tend to grow like a weed, hence the name 'weed
mushroom', amongst other crops of mushroom. And also because of the low level of cattle domestication in favour of pigs. Psilocybine cubensis is
certainly connected in our early history to cattle domestication, and it still shows a preference for cow pats today, although it doesn't baulk at
sheep droppings either, but pig poo just doesn't have the same benefits it seems.
The Chinese may have used Amanita muscaria, though again there is no evidence, but as R Gordon Wasson pointed out, all evidence points to that
practice originating in Siberia and spreading south into Europe. As a friend I mentioned this too pointed out to me, it is perhaps therefore, that
like Santa Claus, or St Nick, no conincidence that certain Buddhists sects wear a red cap. So it could be that it also spread into China from Siberia
too. Or an even more tantalising option, that it began in China and spread into Europe via Siberia. Which would also lead us to question whether in
China, Psilocybine was in fact once used, but was abandoned as a result of widespread domestication of the pig, and as a result of agriculture in
general in prehistory.
But they certainly used that other weed, it grows, I have been told, prolifically and with gay abandon along virtually every roadside.