Date(s) - 15/Apr/2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
🌿A Natural & Cultural History of Magic Mushrooms in BC – Andy MacKinnon
Magic mushrooms have been employed in spiritual practices in Mexico and Central America for millennia. The visionary powers of these mushrooms first became known to the world in 1957, and in the early 1960’s they sparked a social and cultural “psychedelic revolution” soon dominated by LSD. The discovery that magic mushrooms grew commonly and abundantly in the Pacific Northwest and in British Columbia helped make Canada’s westernmost province a focal point of social change. Recent advances show promise for carefully monitored treatment of some psychological disorders, see for example Canadian Nurse July 2020 Magic mushrooms and the future of mental health care.
This presentation will explore the natural history of BC’s magic mushrooms, and their role in the rapidly changing counter culture of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and up to the present day.
This presentation will be aired via Zoom Video Conferencing. On the Monday preceding the event, Nature Vancouver members will receive the Zoom link in the weekly e-News. To join the talk on Thursday, click on that link after 7:15 pm. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm. Non-members are welcome and should Email denis@NatureVancouver.ca well in advance to register for the link.