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Dr. Michael Beug
Hallucinogenic Mushrooms as Entheogens:
The Use of Psilocybin Mushrooms in Recreation,
Mental Health and Spirituality
338 Koshland Hall
Thursday, March 22, 2018| 7:30 - 9:30


Dr. Michael Beu presents: Hallucinogenic Mushrooms as Entheogens: The Use of Psilocybin Mushrooms in Recreation, Mental Health and Spirituality. This presentation begins with the 1957 Life Magazine article of R. Gordon Wasson, “The Discovery of Mushrooms that Cause Strange Visions” which introduced Psilocybin mushrooms to North American readers and prompted pilgrimages to Mexico. At this time, The Evergreen State College was coming into existence. In 1975, Paul Stamets, Jeremy Bigwood and Jonathan Ott simultaneously arrived at my door and a series of international hallucinogenic mushroom conferences begins, bringing R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hoffman (the discoverer of LSD) and many others to Olympia. Learn how, working with Paul and Jeremy, Beug determined which North American mushrooms contained psilocybin and psilocin and how potent each species was.

Michael loves to teach beginners workshops and lead forays. He also remains active as an identifier and speaker at regional mushroom club forays. His specialties are Ascomycetes, the genus Ramaria, and all toxic and hallucinogenic mushrooms. He is researching oak-associated fungi of the Columbia River Gorge, especially Cortinarius species, and has discovered more than 50 new mushroom species. His hobby is organic farming and winemaking.

Beug serves on the North American Mycological Association Education Committee, is chair of the Toxicology Committee, chair of the Editorial Committee. He won the 2006 NAMA Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology. He regularly writes about mushrooms in Fungi Magazine, NAMA's peer reviewed journal McIlvainea and newsletter, The Mycophile, and Mushroom: The Journal of Wild Mushrooming. Michael has prepared over two dozen PowerPoint presentations about mushrooms (available through NAMA as a two DVD set). He is a coauthor of MatchMaker, a free mushroom identification program covering 4,092 taxa with over 5,000 images of 1,984 illustrated taxa. With coauthors Alan and Arleen Bessette, he wrote Ascomycete Fungi of North America: A Mushroom Reference Guide.

Doors open at 7:30. Meeting starts promptly at 8:00.