Honey with Psilocybe mushrooms: a revival of a very old preparation on the drug market?

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In 1996 samples of suspicious honey preparations were confiscated at the Dutch-German border. The labels on the 50 ml jars indicated that the honey contained Stropharia cubensis (better known as Psilocybe cubensis). The jars were filled with honey with a ca. 1 cm layer of fine particles on the top. The particles were collected and subjected to microscopic and chemical analysis. By microscopy mushroom tissue (plectenchym) and spores typical for the genus Psilocybe were identified in all samples. The HPLC analysis with atmospheric pressure mass spectrometry and diode array detection revealed psilocine but psilocybine was not found. The quantitative analysis was very difficult due to the matrix problems. A search showed that the honey with Psilocybe can be purchased in Dutch coffee shops without any limitations although psilocine and psilocybine belong to listed substances according to Dutch law.

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Received: 1 July 1997 / Received in revised form: 27 August 1997

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Bogusz, M., Maier, RD., Schäfer, A. et al. Honey with Psilocybe mushrooms: a revival of a very old preparation on the drug market?. Int J Leg Med 111, 147–150 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004140050135

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  • Key wordsPsilocybe mushrooms
  • Honey
  • Psilocybine
  • Psilocine