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It seems that the Queen of England may have some hallucinogenics close at hand. Let she who has never let unidentified mushrooms flourish in the back yard cast the first stone.
During preparations for a TV special last week, film crews noticed that one of the many mushrooms growing in the gardens of Buckingham Palace — the home of Queen Elizabeth II of England — was of the “magic” variety. The AP reports that mushrooms in the garden are not used by the palace kitchens for recreation or ragout.
If you’re still suspicious, here’s the fungal 411: The mushroom that film crews spotted was the Amanita muscaria (known as the fly agaric). It’s that classic, shiny red shroom with white spots – think “Alice in Wonderland.”
But the hallucinogenic mushrooms that we talk about when we talk about drug use aren’t this species at all.