3 Arrested In Connection With Peddling ‘Magic Mushroom’ From Alipore

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Kolkata: Narcotics Control Bureau’s eastern zonal unit have seized 2.49 gms of Magic Mushrooms from Alipore on Saturday.For the first time in the city a different kind of drug ‘Magic Mushroom’ has been seized.

Reportedly,three persons are arrested for possessing Magic Mushroom that naturally produce psilocybin, which, when imbibed by humans, can trigger “magic,” hallucinogenic effects.It is said that along with Magic Mushroom NCB has also seized 13.5 gms of Psilocine/ Pslocybin containing medicines, 20 blots of LSD and some 9 Ecastacy producing pills from the two accused Vivek Sharma and his cousin Rishab Sharma. NCB has confirmed that these two men peddled the drugs with the help of a Kolkata based DJ Deep Chakraborty, the Narcotics department has also arrested him.

The two cousins Vivek Sharma and Rishab Sharma used to purchase the drugs trough ‘Darkenet’ using ‘Tor software and Bitcoins’. All these persons were arrested and they will be produced in Alipore court on Sunday.

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Narcotics Eastern Zonal Director Dilip Shrivastav said “Investigation is on and we will get to the bottom of this matter.”

What is ‘Magic Mushroom’?

Magic Mushroom’ or psilocybin mushroom, also known as a psychedelic mushroom, is one of a polyphyletic group of mushrooms that contain any of various psychedelic compounds including psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. Common colloquial terms for psilocybin mushrooms include magic mushrooms, shrooms, and mush.They are used mainly as an entheogen and recreational drug whose effects can include euphoria, altered thinking processes, closed and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time, and spiritual experiences. Biological genera containing psilocybin mushrooms include Copelandia, Gymnopilus, Inocybe, Mycena, Panaeolus, Pholiotina, Pluteus, and Psilocybe.

Long before magic mushrooms became a way for hippies to turn on, tune in, and drop out, and well before ancient mesoamerican mystics employed them in religious ritual, they had their use as an insect repellant. Some 200 species of mushrooms naturally produce psilocybin, which, when imbibed by humans, can trigger “magic,” hallucinogenic effects. But obviously these mushrooms didn’t evolve to send humans on psychedelic trips.

Psilocybin also affects insects’ minds, making them less hungry. Given that most magic mushrooms grow in environments particularly welcoming to insects—the mushroom’s natural predator—it’s likely the psychedelic compound developed as a tool for evolutionary survival.

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