Eating Magic (and Other) Mushrooms in Laos.
Above Photo: Drug Menu featuring Magic Mushrooms in Vang Vieng, Laos. (faszination-suedostasien.de)
It wasn’t that long ago that you could openly munch or slurp magic mushrooms in a variety of food and drink offerings in the backpacker heaven of Vang Vieng, Laos.
Apparently the levels of Pychobilin in psychotropic jungle mushrooms in Asia is extremely high, which is why picking them and eating them is not recommended, as one of the backpacking characters in my Vietnam War-backpacker crossover novel, novel BACK discovers.
Each day, people in Laos still gather enormous quantities of regular mushrooms from the jungle.
When we were in Sepon, I was intrigued to see collectors of non-magic Laotian mushrooms return with bags of them from the jungle. The men spread the mushrooms on the road for a few hours and regularly turned them as they quickly dried in the hot sun, before taking them to be sold them on a stall in the local market.
For an account of what taking magic mushrooms does to you, I thought this article was excellent, and, of course, relevant for BACK because the writer describes taking them in Vang Vieng. I, however, haven’t and wouldn’t take them, and I don’t recommend anyone else does either: http://www.adventurehowto.com/bad-habits/shrooming-in-vang-vieng
Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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