"In my experience, psychedelic mushrooms … have the potential, if used carefully with knowledge and awareness, to be useful for developing sensitivity to the cycles of nature, to learn how we c an be in harmony with its processes." -Christopher Hobbs
These mushrooms have a variety of uses. In traditional Chinese medicine, these were used to treat a form of polyarthritis, Kashin-Beck disease, which was believed to be caused by another fungus on the grain.
You must read about these mushrooms. If you want the latest book to mention these, I would suggest none other than author Michael Pollan's new book - How to Change Your Mind. He is the best selling author of Omnivore's Dilemna, Foods Rules and In Defense of Food. My favorite book by Mr Pollan is Botany of Desire. To borrow a from a review, it is "[a] brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs–and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences."