Mushroom Medicine


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Mushroom Medicine


People frequently ask me, “What is your favorite Mushroom?”

The answer has varied over the decades but generally shifted between well-known and lesser well-known medicinal polypores.

My favorite fungi of late are the psilocybin-containing species.

The promise they hold for the alleviation of numerous mental health issues is immense.

Anxiety, treatment-resistant major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction are destroying the very fabric of western society.

Fifty years ago, The War on Drugs halted promising research into all psychedelic drugs.

But due to the dedication of today’s courageous clinical scientists, psilocybin, combined with psychotherapy, offers new hope for millions of patients.

I often say it is a damn shame when politics gets in the way of good science.

This book follows the ceremonial use of “magic” mushrooms by ancient civilizations, and then a peek at the famous and infamous fun guys and fun gals involved during the past and present century.  It includes the positive results of over 100 up-to-date human clinical trials; and explores the topics of  ‘set and setting’, micro-dosing, music, and synthetic versus natural psilocybin.

Interest in medicinal mushrooms has exploded in the last decade. Mushroom products on store shelves have increased every year, with market share growing by leaps and bounds.
In this book, Robert Rogers takes a deep dive into 65 genera and nearly 160 species of lesser-known mushrooms, and their potential health benefits.
These include Agarikon, Albatrellus, Armillaria, Artist’s Conk, Barometer Earthstar, Big Brown Cat, Chicken of the Woods, Cauliflower, Clouded Funnel, Collybia, Diamond Willow fungus, Concealed Polypore, Fairy Ring, False Turkey Tail, Fried Chicken, Chanterelle, Hawk Wing, King Bolete, Leucopaxillus, Milk Caps, Milky White, Nameko, Parasol, Phellinus, Piopinno, Puffball, Ramaria, Red Belted Conk, Red Polypore, Russula, Shaggy Mane, Suillus, Tiger Milk, Truffles, Tricholoma, Tylopilus, Umbrella, Wax Gills, Wax Caps and numerous minor mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.

Black and white, 280 pgs., Nov. 2022

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