In article <4p46ts$1m9 at solaris.cc.vt.edu>, dgaines at vt.edu (David N. Gaines) wrote:
>In article <4ou9v8$inl at oceanie.shom.fr>, gerault at shom.fr says...
>>A young man died from an overdose after consuming Psilocybe
>>a group of friends,he had consumed more than 50 of these mushrooms in
>>intakes on the same day.
>>Left unattended, he died on the very evening after a few-hour-long coma.
>>Lapsing into coma for a few hours and dying? The symptoms of his death do
>not sound like any I have heard of from typical mushroom poisoning. Thus,
>if he had ingested some other toxic species along with his original dose
>there would have been a characteristic reaction to that toxin.
>Psilocibe semilanceata are quite small and 50 does not sound like a huge
>ammount. Could he have eaten something else which greatly synergized the
>psilocibin or some other component? Was it an alergic reaction? Did
>this happen in France, and does that region have a subspecies of P.
>semilanceata which contains additional neurotoxic substances not found in
>the North American species? A more complete pathology report would shed
>light on this issue.
>David Gaines (dgaines @vt.edu)
>I know people who ate Psilocybé semilanceata for YEARS in France with No poisoning.