When: 2014-08-31

Collection location: Pogonip Open Space Reserve, Santa Cruz, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Thomas Laxton (Tao)

No specimen available

This was growing on an oak log.


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Recognized by sight: I found this growing at the same spot on the same log one year and three days before this specimen was found. http://mushroomobserver.org/144109?q=2ADF6

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It seems to have a profound effect
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-09-01 19:16:11 CDT (-0400)

or none at all. I’ve given it to terminal cancer patients, and it had no effect. I’ve tried it on family and had no effect, either.

But for me, for this one instance, it worked REALLY well.

Thanks Daniel.
By: Thomas Laxton (Tao)
2014-09-01 17:21:29 CDT (-0400)

I have not tried to cook H. erinaceus but it sounds good, instead I dry them and grind them up to capsulate them as a supplement. I am aware of there medicinal properties. It sounds like they have done miracles for you. Hopefully they will do the same for me.

This is also a choice edible, Thomas.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-09-01 14:11:56 CDT (-0400)

Especially when the spines are less than 1/2 inch long, as this is. Looks like you’ve found a bedlog of naturally-innoculated Hericium, that should continue fruiting for several years yet.

Try sauteing the minced fungus with stir-fried rice, and whatever meat you prefer. This acts as an extender, and may well be medicinal as well. Works with lobster, crab, fish, chicken, pork, beef, etc.

My first experience with this was 25 years ago. I exhibited symptoms of multiple sclerosis. My leg (either leg) would suddenly go to sleep in the middle of a step. I would pinch it, but couldn’t feel my leg. After several minutes, the feeling would gradually come back. This symptom progressed so that I couldn’t depend on getting across a street. After my first meal of this fungus, I developed a low-grade fever (a sign of imuno-activation). Within 4 days the symptoms stopped. I have not had them since.