Need a reason to book a trip to Hawaii? Well, how’s an orgasm-inducing mushroom for an excuse?
According to an obscure study from the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, researchers discovered a bright-orange mushroom growing on flowing lava. The study, dating back to 2001, doesn’t even reach a full-page but does mention the species, Dictyophora. The name is derived from the Ancient Greek words diktyon (“net”) and pherō (“to bear”), suggesting that the mushrooms bear a resemblance to long net stinkhorns marked by their conical cap lined by a lace-like “skirt”.
Scientists John C. Holliday and Noah Soule, noted in their report:
On the island of Hawaii in the Central Pacific, there has long been the rumor of a bright orange colored mushroom with peculiar properties. Found growing only on recent lava flows approximately 600 – 10,000 years old, this variety of mushroom has the reputation of being a potent female aphrodisiac when smelled
In a small test, male and female volunteers were asked to breath in the fungus’ aroma. The smell triggered “spontaneous orgasms” in nearly half of the female volunteers, suggesting that the mushroom released “hormone-like compounds” similar to “human neurotransmitters released during sexual encounters”.
While the study doesn’t include a photo of orgasm-slinging mushrooms, it most likely resembles Hawaii’s stinkhorn fungus Phallus multicolor known for its signature brightly colored cap and lace net.
The only catch to these natural aphrodisiacs? While women are aroused by the aroma, men are repulsed by it. Go figure.