i didnt read all the replies so ignore if redundant. i was under the impression soma is fly agaric? or amanita? mushroom. i think the active ingrediant is muscimol maybe. i know in some cultures a shaman will ingest the whole mushroom which can be poisonous and the folks partaking in the cerimony will drink the shamans piss which contains only the filtered muscimol. but im not sure why all that. if i remember too if you roast the flesh of the mushroom properly first it neutralizes the toxins but leaves the active ingrediant in tact. as you may well imagine, my memory may or may not be derived from reality Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!