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Mushroom or Toadstool?

A mushroom or toadstool, is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus The terms "mushroom" and "toadstool" go back centuries and were never precisely defined, nor was there consensus on application. Delineation between edible and poisonous fungi is not clear-cut, so a "mushroom" may be edible, poisonous, or unpalatable. Many mushroom species produce secondary metabolites that can be toxic, mind-altering, antibiotic, antiviral, or bioluminescent. Mushrooms with psychoactive properties have long played a role in various native medicine traditions in cultures all around the world. They have been used as sacrament in rituals aimed at mental and physical healing, and to facilitate visionary states. Psilocybin mushrooms commonly known as "magic mushrooms" possess psychedelic properties. Although there are only a small number of deadly species, several others can cause particularly severe and unpleasant symptoms so collecting from the wild is inadvisable without a sound knowledge.

Mushroom or Toadstool?