The life-form of psilocybin evolved from its great ancestor Muscarine, which we can date back to millions upon millions of years ago. It is also presumed to have been practiced in religious studies over 6,000 years ago, and modernized by its first mention in the London Medical And Physical journal just shy of the 1800’s, by a man who had picked mushrooms and fed them to his family, going on to describe fits of uncontrollable laughter from his youngest child. Valentina Pavlovna Wasson was a Russian-American paediatrician, and author. Valentina studied ethnomycology alongside her husband, R. Gordon Wasson. The Wassons became the first European Americans to participate in an indigenous mushroom ceremony, later publishing an article in Life magazine about their experiences, publicizing the magic of said mushrooms. It was understood in 1956 uncovered by Robert Heim, that the mushroom they had in fact brought back from Mexico was psilocybe.
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