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Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide 1st Edition
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He has written five books on mushroom cultivation, use and identification; his books Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator (coauthor) have long been hailed as the definitive texts of mushroom cultivation. Other works by Paul Stamets include Psilocybe Mushrooms and Their Allies (out of print), Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, MycoMedicinals: an Informational Treatise on Mushrooms, and many articles and scholarly papers."
Top Customer Reviews
Stamets explains the often-conflicting taxonomy of Psilocybe mushrooms (one species, for example, received two different names because two writing teams who had travelled together wrote it up separately -- one published first and *their* name has "priority," even though some people use the name given by the other team; despite the name difference the mushroom described is the same species).
Stamets is no prude. He writes quite bluntly about psilocybin-containing mushrooms (including his own tripping on them), and he is EXTREMELY (and justly) critical of other mycologists who not only refuse to describe such mushrooms, but, in one case Stamets cites, have said that it is better for people to die from eating poisonous mushrooms than for people to be able to safely identify psilocybin-containing mushrooms! Stamets gives descriptions and photos of poisonous look-alike mushrooms and gives a step-by-step identification procedure for the psilocybin 'shrooms. In most cases identification is straightforward and can be done within a few minutes; in other cases look-alikes can be lethal and suspect mushrooms have to be carefully gone over to avoid poisoning.Read more ›
That said, this book is a real gem, with detailed summary descriptions of several dozen known and suspected psilocybes. Each description is accompanied by at least one color photograph. Stamets uses very scientific terminology in describing each psilocybe-- considering the consequences of a false identification, it's important for the author to be as precise in his descriptions as possible-- but there are also several helpful pages of charts at the end of the book which explain what all of this technical jargon means.
This is far and away the best field guide to psilocybe mushrooms that I've seen so far. I can truly recommend this work without reservation!
general review on their nature and habitat. There is an extensive section listing many different kinds of Psilocybes and similar mushrooms with a thorough description and photograph on most of them.
If there is a single flaw in this book, it would be that the pictures are small, and therefore difficult to scan for details. Also, some of the pictures aren't very good in general, making it difficult to see how the mushrooms in the pictures match the descriptions in the book. I would suggest more and bigger photographs for the second edition of this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with any kind of interest in Psilocybe mushrooms
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must have for mushroom (psilocybin) enthusiasts. Lots of pictures and pages of quality information. Get to know the Great Healer!Published 9 days ago by Paul
Thought this would be cool to store on my shelf to read every now and then but the glue binding was cheap and the book is already falling apart 1 year later.Published 29 days ago by Sean
I bought this book as more of a field guide to identifying wild mushrooms. This book (like the Title says) is no more than a collection of mushrooms from all over the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacob Henry
Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide
This is the most recent of the books about Psilocybes and their ilk, and the one that will be of most use to... Read more
A wealth of information and insight from author Paul Stamets. Along with identification and biological information on mushrooms, he includes personal history and stories that are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura K. Potosky
Fantastic. Exactly the quality of book you'd expect on the subject from Mr. Stamets.Published 3 months ago by Psychedelic Slacks