John W. Allen

John W. Allen
Publishing Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies · Exotic Forays in Third World Countries

Mycology and Graphic Arts

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Introduction
I am an independant researcher of the entheogenic and lubible use of psilocybian fungi througou the agers. Author of more than 3 dozen academic and ephemeral publications and 14 books, 4 CD-ROMS, and one Medical poster of psilocybian fungi. I have lectured world wide on the mushrooms and photographed many species. Discovered of Psilocybe samuiensis Guzman, Bandala and Allen, and recently a new species was named in my honor., Psilocybe allenii Borovixcka, Rockefeller and P. G. Werner.
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July 2010 - July 2011
Independent Researcher
Independent Researcher
Position
  • Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies Vol. VIII
Description
  • Vol. VIII: "Sex, Mushrooms and Rock and Roll" 2. The Chemistry of Psilocybe villarrealiae from Jalisco, Xalapa, Veracrus, Mexico. 3.Chemistry and Cultivation of Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Position
  • Mushroom Identification Workshops geared to the study of magic mushroooms and poisonous lookalikes. Also workshops on the cultivation of exotic species of psilocybian fungi and the study of the cultural use
Position
  • passed and present traditional use and contemporary use throughout the world.
Education
July 1987 - May 1997
University of Hawaii Private Research Assoc.
Field of study
  • No Degree (Audited many classes)
July 1976 - November 1976
Washington Technical Institute and Seattle Community College Capital Hill
Field of study
  • Graphic Arts
July 1973 - June 2011
Ethnomycology - autodidact
Field of study
  • Self Taught and Highly Respected by my Peers

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Publications (51)
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This is a preview of Magic Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. One of two versions. One a smaller versions of 100 limited edition sold out completely. this new edition is 8 1/2 X 11 large size of 47 copies printed on Silky Glossy Paper and Perfect Bound (no staples). Printed by Chulalongkorn University Press, Bangkok, 10303. Thailand. A smaller ve...
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This article reviews evidence for India's entheomycological traditions-religious practices using fungi to produce spiritual experiences-and proposes needed studies. The proposed fungal identity [Amanita muscaria (L.) Lam.] of the entheogenic Soma and the identity of soma substitutes still lack adequate ethnobotanical studies. Furthermore, the need...
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This is a new short series on several books being sold on Amazon's web site as eBooks on magic mushrooms that are phony books created by unknown authors in the Nederlands and elsewhere. There are over 120 such books being hawked on Amazon as eBooks with Kindle editions. I purchased 32 new books from Amazon in the spring of 2020, only to learn that...
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This is a Russian language version of John W. Allen's Mushroom Pioneers. Translated by Саши дред (Sasha Dreadlocks). Published 2020.
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Those among you readers who have followed developments over the years on the subject of magic mushrooms are undoubtedly familiar with the colorful personality and fascinating life and times of John W.. Allen (JWA) who greatly contributed to the science of magic mushrooms. As “Mushroom John" he also ran a popular website where the recreational aspec...
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This is a photographic ictorial of seveal species of psilocybian fungi that was published back in 1993. Published bt Herman DeVries.
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RESEARCh GATE AUTOMATICALLY PUT MY FULL TEXT HERE OVER THE SHORT PREVIEW I POSTED HERE A DEW MONTHS AGO - THUS DELETING THE ORIGINAL SHORT PREVIEW. THE ROBOT ASSUMED IT WS THE SAME PUBLICATION< ALTHOUGH THE TITLE WAS DIFFERENT: MY APOLOGIES TO MEMBERS This is a preview of the redacted version of the actual Originally published in Ethnomycological...
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This is a Table from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360496565_Does_India_have_entheomycology_traditions_A_review_and_call_to_research
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This is the original Online edited edtion published online in 2006 and this edition is copyrighted by John W. Allen and Erowid. The Original edition of Mushroom Pioneers was published in 2002 as a CD-ROM book by John W. Allen as Wthnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies Volume VII, Mushroom Pioneers. There will be a new updated book ver...
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THis is a preview of the forthcoming revised 2020 edition of Mushroom Pioneers in book form. Only five copies were printed in 2002 while this book was originally one of four CD-ROM books I published in my Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies as Vol. VII. This will apper in the lage fall of 2020 after volume X of my jurnal will be publ...
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THis is just the Introduction to the new journal's first article. Ethnobotanical Journals: Divine Gifts of the Gods Volume I "The Western Preparation of San Pedro Cacti Echinopsis pachanoi. Also known as Trichocereus pachanoi.: A Picorial by John W. Allen.
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This ia a new, all revised edition of Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies Vol. IV, originally published in 1998. This volume contains data not included in the original article by Mark D. Merlin and John W. Allen that appeared in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol. 40:21-40. (1993). 90 Pages and 24 colored photographs. All ads for b...
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Throughout history, only an elite few scholars possessed the arcane knowledge of the history of Amanita muscaria (Fr.) Hooker, also referred to as ‘SOMA.’ Two such researchers include the late ethnomycologist, R. Gordon Wasson and Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty. Both believed that ‘SOMA, an ancient mysterious drug plant elixir, was made...
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For many years I have been engaged in researches respecting the early methods employed in the healing arts, both amongst civilized and uncivilized peoples. It has been my object, in particular, to trace the origin of the use of remedial agents. Why were certain substances used in treatment of various diseases? Was their adoption the result of study...
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Richard Evans Schultes was the first to suggest the possibility that there may have been a cultic use of mushrooms in South America, specifically the Northeastern Andes region of the Amazon. Schultes and Hofmann noted that a Jesuit priest had mentioned that the Yurimagua of Northeastern Andes in Peru used a potion, possibly made from a tree fungus...
Poster
These are the blurbs for vol. X. They are also included in the front of the book as well as the back cover.
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I: The Symbiosis of Entheogenic fungi, Illicit Drug Use, and Tourist Influence on Third World Indigenous Peoples. The following notes regarding indigenous third world inhabitants who cater to tourist influence through entheogenic fungi association is not a scientific report but merely a subjective report based on some personal observations of the a...
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The evolutionary lifecycle of a mushroom from spore to fruiting body to deterioration and decomposition back into the Earth.
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A brief introductory to the use of Psilocybe cubensis as a ludibly used species of psilocybian fungi amongst tourists populations in Mexico and rare use by indigenous peoples.
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I first became aware of the presence of entheogenic mushrooms as occurring on the Island of Fiji after reading a private communication written to R. Gordon Wasson concerning an accidental ingestion of psilocybian mushrooms. The letter was written in response to Wasson’s May 13, 1957 and June 10 (International Edition) of a Life Magazine publication...
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I first became aware of the presence of entheogenic mushrooms as occurring on the Island of Fiji after reading a private communication written to R. Gordon Wasson concerning an accidental ingestion of psilocybian mushrooms. The letter was written in response to Wasson’s May 13, 1957 and June 10 (International Edition) of a Life Magazine publication...
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Numerous species were removed from the previous lists of Allen, Gartz & Guzmán (1992) and Guzmán, Allen & Gartz (2000). These earlier compilations had included several species due to false positives, doubtful relationships, and/or no bluing present whatsoever. This current list is restricted to those species that have been chemically analyzed (indi...
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Cultivation and analysis of Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata, a new bluing species from Ohio and Bethany West Virginia is presented. Cultivation of this species was demonstrated on hardwood substrate. Analysis of both caps and stems revealed the presence of psilocybin, in most cases psilocin and always low concentrations of baeocystin. Psilocybin, psilo...
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My Review of “A Visionary Guide to Mushroom Magick by Arik Moonhawk Roper with essays by Daniel Pinchback and Erik Davis and notes from mycologist Gary Lincoff. Abrams. New York. 2009. 119 pages.
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A novel 2,3-secoaromadendrane-type sesquiterpenoid metabolite, psilosamuiensin A (1), was isolated from the broth of Psilocybe samuiensis. The structure of psilosamuiensin A was established by spectroscopic data and its configurations were confirmed by single crystal X-ray crystallographic analysis. This is the first report of psilosamuiensin A fou...
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In 1998, Guzmán reported, “11 species of Psilocybe from the state of Jalisco of which 55 are now recognized from Mexico.” In his paper, Guzmán described two new species, thus describing a total of 8 neurotropic Psilocybes from the State of Jalisco. Small collections of Psilocybe villarrealiae were harvested by one of the authors (FCS) in Jalisco fo...
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As the author of the oldest selling field guide on magic mushrooms, “Magic Mushrooms of the Pacific northwest,” published in 1976, and having sold over 100,000 copies, I am appalled that Mr. Letcher failed to note this fact in his book, “Shrooms.” I have just a short point of view on this and some issues here should be noted in my review. I remembe...
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Psilocybe pegleriana is first reported from Thailand. It was cultured in the laboratory. This mushroom is a fimicolous pantropical species, that does not stain blue and belongs to section Merdariae.
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Two new records from Mexico and one from Cambodia of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe antioquensis, originally known only from Cambodia are discussed. This fungus grows on soil in subtropical meadows, and it is defined by its subumbonate pileus, long pseudorhiza ovate-subrhomboid thick-walled spores, and for their pleuro- and cheilocystidia. I...
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Abstract for my lecture at this symposium in Hua Hin, Thailand.
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SUMMARY The distribution of 214 species of neurotropic fungi in the world is discussed. The neurotropic fungi considered are divided in: 1) species with psilocybin's indoles, or probably with these substances, 2) species with ibotenic acid, 3) ergot fungi, and 4) species used as sacred fungi but without any reliable chemical studies. In the first g...
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An abridged version of this publication appeared in High Times Magazine Vol. 146:40-41, 68. Trans High Corp. New York. October 1987.
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On New years eve of 1998-1999. a young female (age 34) experienced a most dysphoric reaction brought on after the consumption of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe cyanescens. This is the first reported case of a dysphoric reaction due in part to the consumption of Psilocybe cyanescens.
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On the advise of Richard Evans Schultes, he suggested that i create a seriss for my research studies and thus began Ethnomycological Journals: Sacred Mushroom Studies Vol. I. The first of my journal publications.
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Several specimens of Psilocybe and Copelandia species in Koh Samui, Thailand were recently collected for herbarium deposit and scientific study. This paper presents an ethnomycological and biochemical study of one of the species; P. samuiensis Guzmán, Bandala and Allen, a new psychoactive gill fungus reported from Thailand. Mycelium for the cultiva...
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An inquiry into the field identification of a psychoactive Agaric commonly referred to as the "Weed Mushroom" Panaeolus subbalteatus [syn.=Panaeolus cinctulus].
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Several fungi species collected in the Hawaiian Islands have been reported to be psychoactive. Previous chemical analyses together with the present study indicate that 5 coprophilous and one non-coprophilous species occurring in the islands are now known to contain psychoactive alkaloids. At least some of these species are consumed in the Hawaiian...
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Psllocybe samuiensis Guzman, Bandala & Allen is described as a new species from Koh Samui, Thailand. It belongs to the hallucinogenic fungi of the Section Mexicana Guzman. This is the fwst record of a bluing Psllocybe from Thailand and the first species of the Section outside of the Americas. The form and size of the spores, the presence of pleuroc...
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This paper presents the results of recent ethnomycological exploration in southern Thailand. Field observations, interviews and collection of fungi specimens were carried out primarily on two islands, Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan, situated in the western region of the Gulf of Siam. Some fieldwork was also conducted in the northern Thai province of Ch...
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Die Autoren untursuchen die in der toxikologishen Literatur angegebenen psychoaktiven Eigenschaften des Pilzes Panaeolina foenisecii, der in Nordamerika, Hawai, Neuseeland und Australien vorkommt. Dabei warden verschiedene Erlebnischerichie vorgestelit. Der Pilz scheint u. Psilocybin zu enthalien und gilt in der Subkultur als einer von vielen braus...
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Recent ethnomycological investigations on the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan in the Gulf of Siam, Thailand (Allen & Merlin 1992) revealed that many restaurants were offering food items containing psychoactive mushrooms known as hed keekwai. In English this refers to a "mushroom which appears after water buffalo defecates." The hed keekwai mu...
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A comprehensive review is presented of the recreational and accidental ingestion of psychoactive mushrooms in Australia and New Zealand; 15 recognized species are considered from Australia and eight from New Zealand. Common epithets, potency levels, and methods of ingestion are discussed. Legal aspects involving the use of these psychoactive fungi...
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With the recent identification of a deadly agaric Amanita virosa (Fr.) Quel. , by Dr. George Wong on Oahu and Dr. Don Hemmes on Hawaii Is. some other fungi which might be psychologically harmful, if not physically dangerous, are noted. Hallucinogenic mushrooms belonging to Psilocybe, Panaeolus, and at least 10 other genera, have been investigated s...
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In December 1972, an 18-year-old male apparently took an accidental overdose of heroin. After becoming ill, he attempted to receive treatment for his condition by being admitted to the emergency room of Wahiawa General Hospital. When confronted by attending physicians in the emergency room as to the nature of his illness, the youth stated that he h...

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I have two co-authors of papers we wrote. Research Gate is causing me problems. They recognize my journal and then their forms do not. Then they ask me to invite people who are deceased, and when I cannot, because they are dead, their forms do not allow me to continue.
I also have poor vision and only one eye to read. NOT Good. I cannot figure how to fix typos in my titles of my journal issues because Research Gate Forms do not show the complete title which has the issue volume and No. issue in the titles.
What can I do. Seems I cannot even contact them to discuss this problem?
Thank you for your time and Consideration in this matter.
John W. Allen
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In my forthcoming journal, two of my co-authors have passed away, yet i get these emails asking me to constantly invite them to join me in my lab. I ,message the overlords but no answers/
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I just read a new paper posted here by Constantino Manuel Torres. However when I put his name in the search engine here, it says there is now one here with that name?
I wanted to send him a mesage concerning some errors n his aper in regards to Psilocybe species mentioned in his paper. The paper is on Psychoactive Plants of South America.
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Hello Robert, I am interested in reading your paper of Drug Toxicity and wondered if you would be interested in any input into drug doses for various Entheogenic species of fungi and plants as well as those drugs of a chemical nature that are illegal yet available to those who seek them out.
I have over 54-years of personal experience and use; with my personal use of such plants and chemicals, as well as dosages used by others not as knowledgeable as I am.  Including caring for some who had adverse negative or dysphoric reactions from accidentally consuming more than their minds or body weight required to achieve an altered state of consciousness.
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Peter I noted above the P. cubensis photo in your book Mushrooms of Peru.   The photograph is by Rich Gee and was given to me for use in my book and I posted it  on numerous sites, including Facebook, Mycotopia and my web site.    I hold the copyright along with Rich Gee.
As for Amanita muscaria, it was introduced into Hawaii on the isle of Kauai by Flash pines in the mountains in the late 1800s.  I am sure if it was in Peru that it would have been found years ago.   Jim Jacobs is an expert on ethnobotanical plants and shrooms in Peru. I noticed that you did cite the paper by Guzman, me and Gartz in your book.  Thanks for the download and please try to correct the photo credit.  Thank you. 
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Not sure if that is permissible. I have a book from Ronin Publ. I am sure that Ronin will not allow me to post it here as it is a new book, so I am asking if this is permissible here and how would I let others who follow me know of the book. It due to be published  November 2014.  "Magic Mushrooms and Fungi" by John W. Allen.  200 pages and 214 colored photographs.

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Document the sacred use of mushrooms in India and provide technical data to support mycological research on India's entheogenic species. We will provide our own research and that of others that can be used to help identify entheogenic species in India