Mixed mycological messages

I thought it was great to see a mushroom-related shop going up in West Asheville. The Mountain Xpress did a great spotlight story on this unique store. I am myself an avid collector of wild edible mushrooms from Asheville's surrounding forests.

The article went to lengths to state that the owners are very adamant that they don't sell spores for growing psychedelic mushrooms. The owners even went so far as printing a sign for the register area that says, “Don't even ask!"

I thought this was really funny. The bright mural on the side of the building depicts a mushroom growing at night that many a novice mycologist will recognize as Amanita muscaria — the most easily identifiable psychoactive mushroom out there!

— G.J. Cage

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