Psychedelics have become increasingly popular in the last few years as more studies on the substances are conducted by research institutions around the world. The most popular of these substances are LSD, MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms. If you’re yearning to know more about these substances and mushrooms and other fungi in general, but aren’t keen on reading papers in peer review journals, Netflix may be of use to you. The subscription-based streaming service has a documentary, titled “Fantastic Fungi.” that talks about different fungi,
The documentary reveals interesting things about mushrooms, some of which aren’t commonly known. For instance, did you know that mushrooms:
Helped win the world war
The penicillin mold was discovered by Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming in 1928. The antibiotic began to be used to fight off infections and illnesses almost a decade later, after American and British scientists finally found a way to mass produce the antibiotic.
This well-timed discovery also afforded the Allied powers an advantage during the Second World War, given that infections had claimed the lives of many in the battlefield. The use of penicillin helped American soldiers beat back Nazi forces and liberate Europe.
May help save the environment
Some single-celled fungus species have the ability to convert carbohydrates into carbon dioxide and alcohols. This process is known as fermentation, and this ability could help humanity deal with issues such as pollution.
Professor Suzanne Simard, who has specialized in ecology, also proposes that fungi may help slow climate change. This is because they help plants to store the carbon dioxide absorbed by plants during photosynthesis underground.
Are the heaviest and largest organism on the planet
Many believe that the biggest living organism is the blue whale, since it’s the heaviest living animal on the planet. However, you may be surprised to learn that the honey fungus, which is also known as the Armillaria ostoyae, is actually the biggest living organism on the planet.
The mushroom, which is more than 7,500 years old, weighs more than 34,000 tons and spans over 2,000 acres in the state of Oregon.
Connect the whole forest
Akin to the computer internet, the forest is connected by a fungal network that assists organisms to obtain nutrients from their environment. Trees are also known to communicate using the fungal threads as pathways, with some researchers suggesting that trees also use the pathways to feed each other by exchanging nutrients via the network.
There is much more we have yet to learn about psychedelic fungi, and the research being done by for-profit firms such as Tryp Therapeutics Inc. (CSE: TRYP) (OTCQB: TRYPF) is expected to unearth some health indications for which psychedelic compounds can be used as a treatment.
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