Everyone knows the potential destructive power of hurricanes, but few people are aware that storms like Hurricane Irene encourage growth of psychedelic mushrooms.
Yes, it sounds trippy, but one of the strange aftermaths of a hurricane is an increased amount of mushrooms popping up — especially the psilocybin — or “magic” kind — the ones that cause hallucinations.
According to Dr. Casey Simon, an addiction expert based in Orange County, Calif., hurricanes create the perfect climactic conditions for the mushrooms to grow.
“Mushrooms are spores and they multiply in moisture and are spread by wind,” he told HuffPost Weird News.
Dr. Suneil Jain, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Ariz., goes even further.
“The moisture, humidity, the wind and the temperature during hurricanes is the perfect climate for mushrooms,” he told HuffPost Weird News. “Also, both hurricanes and mushroom growth are associated with new or full moons, so there may be a lunar element as well.”
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