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C13H18(20)N2O3P2, obtained from the mushroom
[New Latin Psilocybe, genus
name (Greek psilos, bare + Greek kubê, head) + -IN.]
"Well, I'm not wedded to
any of this. I just simply state the facts, and the facts are that, not DMT
so much, which is pretty common in many plants and animals, but psilocybin.
Psilocybin is 4-phosphoryloxy-NN-dimethyltryptamine. This is slightly technical,
but it is the only 4-phosphorylated indole on this planet. That's strange
because the way biology works is if you have a molecule useful in a biological
system, then in other biological systems you will get that same molecule
or tiny variants; methylated or o-methylated. So here is psilocybin with
the only hydrolation in the 4 position on the planet. Well now, they search
for extraterrestrial life with radio telescopes waiting for a signal. Fine.
Another way would be to search the biological inventory of this planet
for something that looks like it did not evolve from the main, broad flow
of animal and plant evolution.
And if you do that, this 4-phosphorylated indole is sticking up there like
a sore thumb. I'd like to see a paper about how many of these kinds of
are known to exist on this earth in life. And what's the explanation for
this? I've never seen anybody discuss this kind of thing. And yet to my
mind the psilocybin molecule is as artificial as a Coke
bottle. As it appears in nature. If you'll just inventory nature
you'd pick this molecule up and say, 'Well what is this!'"
McKenna interview in _The
Resonance Project_ #3 (1993)