Bear Eats Psychedelic Mushrooms, Trips in the Forest, Hallucinates


Who knew that bears like to get high, too? Though we can't vouch for the scientific veracity of this video, it sure is fun to watch, and we're wondering where we can find mushrooms like that in the forest, too! Or maybe at the Union Square Greenmarket? It comes to us from Literal Bears I'm Jealous Of, and the link was supplied by Francis Lam. Thanks, Francis!

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Amanita muscaria
The pretty orange mushroom we see the bear eating is indeed a psychedelic 'shroom known as Amanita muscaria, which grows in the temperate regions of North America, where it usually occurs among stands of pine trees. Note that the mushroom is technically poisonous, as many psychedelic substances are. It has been used by Siberians in religious rituals. Read the Wikipedia entry here.



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Thelonius Bostik
Thelonius Bostik

bring your mushroom love to me where it will be deified:Models From The Earth

jose louis
jose louis

All right Mr. Sietsema, get back to work!

"Wildman" Steve Brill
"Wildman" Steve Brill

I remember watching that scene in a Disney movie, I think called The Bear, in the 1980s. Although I leave the hallucinogens to the bears (or the hippies!), this species, Amanita muscaria does grow in NYC parks. I last found it between Forest Park Drive and the tennis courts in Forest Park, Queens. Check out my foraging tours at wildmanstevebrill.com, or my WildEdible app in the iTunes Store!

font.f1 {font: 12.0px Helvetica}Happy Foraging!

"Wildman" Steve Brill

America's Go-to Guy for Foraging

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