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Wood-Lover Paralysis Survey

This survey has been designed by the Facebook group Psychedelic Mushrooms of Australia and New Zealand (PMANZ) and the Australian Psychedelic Society (APS) to gather information about the phenomenon of Wood-lover Paralysis (WLP).  If you have ever taken psilocybin / psilocin containing mushrooms then we would like to hear from you, even if you haven’t experienced wood-lover paralysis before.

It will help form possibly the first set of data collected on the frequency with which wood-lover paralysis occurs, how people have experienced it and what factors might be related to it. This information will be useful for educating the community about the phenomenon with the aim of equipping anyone planning to take wood-loving psilocybin mushrooms with an awareness of the possibility of experiencing wood-lover paralysis and knowledge of what to expect if it occurs. It will also help to address some important, basic questions about what individual and environmental factors might or might not be relevant to the phenomenon.

If you have not experienced wood-lover paralysis the survey will only take ~ 5-10 minutes, and if you have the survey will take ~ 20-25 minutes.

 

* We value your privacy and you will not be able to be identified from your responses *

 

Please contact Symon Beck or Caine Barlow via Facebook, or at [email protected] with any questions.

 

 

What we mean by “Wood-lover Paralysis”

Wood-lover paralysis refers to a phenomenon that sometimes occurs after consumption of species of psilocybin / psilobin containing mushroom which grow on wood, such as Psilocybe subaeruginosa, Psilocybe cyanescens and Psilocybe azurescens.  People who experience it report weakness to varying degrees affecting potentially any muscle you have control over moving, lasting varying amounts of time. This weakness may only affect one group of muscles like a hand or multiple groups of muscle simultaneously. The weakness can be relatively mild where only movement against significant resistance isn’t possible, or be so severe that muscles can’t overcome the force of gravity, potentially leaving limbs or even the whole body unable to move periodically. People generally feel like they would be able to co-ordinate the movement without difficulty if not for the weakness.

Wood-lover paralysis is not to be confused with the “body load” many experience with psilocybin. It is also distinct from intoxication impairing the ability to co-ordinate and execute movements. It can even occur at relatively low levels of psychedelic intensity.

Described here is an example of how wood-lover paralysis affecting the hand might be experienced when trying to do up a zipper. Firstly you can recognise the zipper and understand how it is supposed to work. Secondly, you know how you want to reach for and then grip the zipper, and how you need to move the zipper. You can reach for the zipper with reasonable co-ordination and may be able to grasp it to some extent. When you then try and do up the zipper your fingers cannot maintain their grip against the resistance of the zipper and you notice the weakness and lose your grip each time you try and apply force to the zipper.

 

Woodloving species include:

  • Psilocybe subaeruginosa
  • Psilocybe weraroa
  • Psilocybe aucklandii
  • Psilocybe cyanescens
  • Psilocybe azurescens
  • Psilocybe allenii
  • Psilocybe stunzii
  • Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata

 

 

If you have not experienced wood-lover paralysis the survey will only take ~5-10 minutes, and if you have experienced it the survey will take ~20-25 minutes.  The survey is in five parts:

Part 1. Information about yourself

Part 2. Experience with psilocybin / psilocin containing mushrooms

  • Some questions about your experience with psilocybin / psilocin containing mushrooms. Please give your best estimate where precise answers aren't possible.

Part 3. Experience with wood-lover paralysis.

  • Some information about your awareness of and experience with wood-lover paralysis

Part 4. Most recent experience of wood-lover paralysis

  • These questions ask you for more details about your MOST RECENT experience of wood-lover paralysis. Please answer the questions as they relate to your most recent experience of WLP only.

Part 5. Other experiences of wood-lover paralysis

  • A few final questions about any other experiences of wood-lover paralysis

* We value your privacy and you will not be able to be identified from your responses *

 

Part 1. Information about yourself

Part 2. Experience with psilocybin / psilocin containing mushrooms

Some questions about your experience with psilocybin / psilocin containing mushrooms. Please give your best estimate where precise answers aren't possible.

Part 3. Experience with wood-lover paralysis

Some information about your awareness of and experience with wood-lover paralysis