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The Amanita Muscaria or Fly Agaric is considered by some as hallucinogenic, but is also deadly poisonous if one eats too much. What is too much may vary, and I, for one, would not recommend it to any who think they want to get high. It is, of couse, not so positively deadly as the Destroying Angel, a pure white mushroom which can be identified by the bulb at the bottom with the flange left by the cap which is joined to it like an egg at first. There is no vail part way up the destroying angel like there is in edible white mushrooms or this one. The hooka smoking caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland with one side makes you tall the other makes you small mushroom was as an image this Aminita, and either side may truly make you dead.