Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Amanita muscaria, Amanite Tue-Mouches, Fausse Oronge, Fly Agaric, Matamoscas, Soma.


Aga is a mushroom. Its cap is red with white spots. Aga grows in sandy, acidic soils in the US. It is sometimes called “fly agaric,” because some of the chemicals it contains are poisonous to the common housefly. Despite serious safety concerns, people use the parts of aga that grow above the ground to make medicine.

Aga is used in homeopathy for nerve pain, fever, anxiety, alcohol poisoning, and joint pains.

Some people use it as a recreational drug to cause “mind-altering sensations” that are something like hallucinations.

How does it work?

Aga mushrooms have chemicals that cause the brain to misunderstand what the body is seeing, hearing, tasting, and feeling.


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Uses & Effectiveness

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of aga for these uses.

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Side Effects

Aga is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It can cause side effects such as sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, delirium, and death.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Aga is UNSAFE for anyone to use, but women who are pregnant or breast-feeding have the health of their baby as an extra reason to avoid use.


The appropriate dose of aga depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for aga. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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