What is this mushroom story that can trigger orgasms in women?
It is no secret that some mushrooms can have somewhat peculiar effects on the body, such as causing hallucinations and even serious poisoning. However, according to Bec Crew of the Science Alert portal, a pair of researchers published a report a few years ago revealing that they have discovered yet another interesting facet of these versatile fungi.
According to Bec, the research in question was conducted by John C. Holliday and Noah Soule in 2001, where scientists describe a species of mushroom whose odor would cause spontaneous orgasms in some women.
As explained in the report, the joy fungus - which is of the genus Phallus (formerly Dictyophora ) - is orange in color, endemic to Hawaii, and can only be found on volcanic lava that was expelled between 600 and 1, 000 years ago. Hmm...
Researchers reportedly became interested in the mushroom after hearing stories about a very rare fungus enjoyed by Hawaiians with powerful aphrodisiac properties. The study involved 36 volunteers - 20 men and 16 women - who had to sniff the mysterious mushroom.
According to the researchers, the 16 women who participated in the experiment reacted to a greater or lesser degree to exposure to the fungus. Of the volunteers, six revealed that they had spontaneous mild orgasms after contact with the mushroom, while the other ten received lower doses and showed a slight increase in heart rate.
Based on their observations, the scientists concluded that the effect may be associated with hormone-like compounds in the mushroom that would have similar properties to neurotransmitters that are released during intercourse. And were you curious about what the male participants said after the experience? The men felt absolutely nothing - and only complained that the fungus was stinky.
Calm down there!
If you think the researchers have made a unique discovery, you should consider a few details before celebrating - and try to find a way to bring Hawaiian mushrooms to Brazil!
Scientifically speaking, there is very little evidence that such a love mushroom really works. This is because, to begin with, according to Bec, the study presented by Holliday and Soule has only one page and is based on observations involving an incredibly small sample to be considered relevant.
In addition, of the 36 volunteers, only six reported climaxing, while of the other 30, 20 were disgusted and ten only had a slight physiological reaction. By the way, besides monitoring the heart rate, the researchers don't seem to have done much to prove that the women did reach orgasm, not to mention that the results - as far as we know - were not replicated under conditions controlled by anyone else.
According to Bec, it is possible that the mysterious mushroom is of the species Phallus indusiatus, which can be found in the tropical regions of the Americas, South Asia, Africa and Australia. For in the South Pacific and Hawaii, this same fungus is reputed to be a female aphrodisiac, and there are records that it has been used by Chinese medicine since the 7th century.
Moreover, as the experiments were conducted in Hawaii, there is still a possibility that the women who participated in the tests were influenced by the mushroom's "fame". Therefore, the reactions they described may have been triggered by the power of psychological suggestion. In any case, just like you, we here at Mega Curious hope that scientists will identify the fungus correctly someday - and prove that it works!