Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The lucky winners were the proprietors of Magic Truffles, who had a culture of these psychedelic truffles, so-called philosopher's stones. A series of videos (and text), Hamilton and the Philosopher's Stone, tells the tale. They can produce up to 18,000 tons a year.
The history of this formerly rare fungi goes back to the slightly crazed doctor and mycologist Steven Pollock, who found a specimen around Tampa, Florida and named it psilocybe tampanensis. Pollock was later murdered under mysterious circumstances (Harper's, pay wall).
In the article about Pollock, I found it fascinating the lengths that a later researcher went to in order to spread and preserve the strain, i.e. "with news of the coming of Hurricane Erin he quadrupled production, inoculating fifty-pound bales of straw day and night ... dispersing billions of spores into the stratosphere."
Posted by Insane Brain Train at 9:40 AM