“The Mushroom Cure” explores using Magic Mushrooms as Medicine

The Mushroom Cure

Off-Broadway Play “The Mushroom Cure” seeks to bring awareness to using Magic Mushrooms, or Psilocybin, as medicine.

Magic mushrooms. Shrooms. Mushy-mushy. Psilocybin mushrooms are called by all different names but generally speaking it’s not medicine. Or even worse art. But one Chicago theater is aiming to change that with The Mushroom Cure.

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The Greenhouse Theater, in association with The Marsh, will be hosting an off-Broadway play this spring that hopes to challenge how we think about alternative medicines and the benefits of psychedelic mushrooms. The Mushroom Cure, written and performed by Adam Strauss will play April 4th-May 5th 2019.

The Mushroom Cure is based on the true story of one man’s journey as he tries to cure his OCD through psychedelics. Based on very real scientific research that shows that obsessive-compulsive-disorder could be cured hallucinogenic mushrooms, Strauss embarked on his own journey of vigilante pharmacology with hilariously harrowing results.

What are “Shrooms”?

Shrooms, or Magic Mushrooms are lay terms that refer to a polyphyletic group of mushrooms and fungi that contain psychedelic compounds including psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin.

Psilocybin mushrooms have been incorporated into religious rites and ceremonies since the beginning of man. From Spain to Algeria, Mesoamerica and pre-Columbian Guatemala to present day, the hallucinogenic mushroom is depicted in everything from cave-art to monuments.

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In modern times shrooms have enjoyed a life of controversy and mystique as they have been rallied against as dangerous and championed as a cure for everything from migraines to cancer. Although very much illegal in most of the world, psilocybin mushrooms have been the base of much scientific study.

Listed as Schedule I drugs under the UN 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, magic mushrooms are considered easy to abuse and are still not considered acceptable for medicinal use.

The Mushroom Cure

First ran in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Mushroom cure garnered widespread acclaim. From there it appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, winning the festival’s overall excellence award for a solo performance. It has since seen its way the off-Broadway circuit from the Cherry Lane Theater in New York to The Marsh in San Francisco.

The Legal Stuff

Myco Supply in no way encourages, the taking of, selling of, or growing of psilosybin mushrooms or any other fungi in their polyphyletic group. The growing of, selling of, or taking of any mushroom or fungus falling under the general label of “magic mushroom” is illegal and punishable by law.

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