These awesome creatures have a lot of aces hidden up their sleeves. Mushrooms or more specifically the thin threads that make up the body of a mushroom, called mycelium, are responsible for a sometimes vast underground network that connects different plants with each other through their roots. Through these fungi information pathways, they share news of new pests to be wary of, nutrients, and can even sabotage unwelcome species by releasing toxic chemicals into the intruders’ roots. What else could they be hiding? Or sharing? It’s no wonder that they also pack some pretty powerful psychoactive substances. Some scholars have theorized that Amanita Muscaria (the iconic red cap toadstool in our greeting card) is the Soma mentioned in the Vedas, as well as the source of visions that inspired the earliest forms of Christianity.
From the Rigveda: “We have drunk soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered.
Now what may foeman's malice do to harm us? What, O Immortal, mortal man's deception?” ✨🍄✨