‘Shroom Supplements: Can They Help with Stress and Anxiety?

Amanita Muscaria shows anecdotal evidence of mental wellness. Do we have enough research to call it beneficial though?

Meagon Nolasco
Published in
6 min readJan 5, 2022

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Y’all know I love me some ‘shrooms. Not in the psychedelic trip kind of way. But I seem to be inadvertently fascinated with the medicinal properties these fun fungi provide. Especially as it relates to mental health and wellness. Today while perusing the news, I stumbled upon an article about a type of mushroom I hadn’t heard of before: Amanita Muscaria.

This fungus among us is not only legal but also does not possess psilocybin. Psilocybin is the active ingredient in what many of us know as magic mushrooms. Amanita Muscaria possesses a different kind of active ingredient that scientists and historical native cultures claim can help with stress, anxiety, relaxation, and restful sleep. It also has a funny history with the creation of modern-day Santa Clause stories.

Will we be seeing this trippy toadstool on the store shelves soon as a dietary supplement? What are the benefits of it and how do we access them? Are these mushrooms the root of our modern-day Santa Claus tales? What are the dangers of taking a substance such as psychedelic mushrooms and rushing their production?

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