No, it’s not a hoax – there is a type of mushroom that can make women spontaneously orgasm, just by smelling it.
You may think that someone, somewhere, accidentally stumbled upon this amazing discovery: you’ll be surprised then to learn then this was found through actual scientific processes. Back in 2001, John Halliday and Noah Soule were the first people to record this and publish the results in a real scientific journal (although the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms doesn’t sound like the most exciting publication).
Hawaii, home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is pretty volcanic. The scientists had heard of an unusual fungi orange growing in lava flows there – one that was rumoured to cause women to suddenly climax for no apparent reason. Long the stuff of legends, the fungus (from the Dictyophora species) only appears to grow on lava flows that are between 600 and 10,000 years old and has been deemed a very intense aphrodisiac when smelled by women.
Intrigued, the male duo packed their lab coats and test tubes and off they went. But (my main question) how did Halliday and Soule go about actually testing this?
The pair had volunteers breathe in the fungi’s (pungent) aroma and whilst their arousal levels were being measured. Results showed a significant increase in arousal for women with nearly half of the women experiencing spontaneous orgasms. As for the men – not one orgasm was reported and male participants described it “smelled like shit”.
Those critical thinkers out there might question the validity of self-reported female orgasms. However, the scientists use some sciency words to make it legit. The explanation for this fascinating phenomena is something to do with “hormone-like compounds present […] may have some similarity to human neurotransmitters released during sexual encounters.”
The name Dictyophora is also no longer used to describe the mushroom; indeed, it is more correctly considered part of the genus of mushrooms called Phallus – yes – really – also more commonly known as “stinkhorns”. Spontaneous orgasm or no, the idea of chomping on a fungus which quite literally could be translated as “stinky dick” is really rather off-putting.
The only real question of interest left is; when will it be available on Amazon as an aerosol?