A Technicolor Lining To The Storm?

by Chris Bodenner

Hurricane Irene could cause a boom of boomers:

[O]ne 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 [David Moye].

But a word of caution:

Simon says the real danger of the mushrooms isn't the psilocybin. "Some mushrooms can attract a fungus that makes them more toxic," he said. "It looks like a gray mold on the under side. Just a few differences in temperature can make a difference." 

[Dr. Suneil] Jain says that's why experienced mushroom experts pick mushrooms when they are as fresh as possible. "The optimal time to pick is right after the storm before the other elements can affect them," he said.

Happy hunting.