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Hello all--
I recently made a wild mushroom soup, froze it, and ate the leftovers a week later. My husband claims that both times he ate it he had bizarre dreams on those nights. No, the soup was not made with "magic mushrooms"--just chanterelles, dried morels, shitaki, cremini, and portobello. But my husband claims that even these mushrooms can have a trace of halucinogenics. I think that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Any validity to his connecting the dreams to these shrooms? I slept through both nights as per usual.

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    Melanie Wong

    Some people are more sensitive than others to a slight toxicity in morels. I'd never had enough in one sitting to really find out until there was a fresh morel and chicken dish at a local restaurant. I was very ill that night.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I find that I'm just slightly sensitive to FRESH morels, batch by batch. Sometimes, nothing but delight; other times, weirdness, though more dyspepsia than hallucinations. I have pretty strange dreams whenever I dream, so I don't think I'd have connected any particular dream with the morels.

      NOTHING weird with dried morels, however, which is what I'm freely assuming you used, Chowbabe, since morels aren't "in season" for a month or so.

      1. re: Tom Steele

        Yes, I used dried morels. Interesting to know about the sensitivity, though. Many thanks to you and Melanie for your responses. Maybe my husband isn't so crazy after all...

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          Melanie Wong

          If you'd like another idea for using morels, see my post on the SF board about Saturday's lunch, La Paulée.

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          Melanie Wong

          You've just jogged something from memory. I seem to recall that undercooked morels are more toxic. Maybe the drying process also de-toxifies the compound.

          My reaction included some numbing and a feeling of almost paralysis in the jaw, also gastric upset.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            You MUST cook morels, if fresh! You're a very lucky girl Mel. You could have died. And where would I get all that wonderful wine info.?