Weekly Dose of Woah #8 [January 23, 2019]

Mushroom Turns Blue WoahStork Wednesdays

Today is Wednesday, so you know what that means:

It’s time for your Weekly Dose of Woah!

This one had us literally saying “woah“. We couldn’t believe the incredible change of color this mushroom exhibits after being cut open!

Now, we know mushrooms of specific varieties can certainly make you say “woah“. But this time it’s not due to any psilocybin; this Blue Bolete (Suillellus luridusmushroom is home to several acids that have a visual color changing effect (and its not a hallucination).

The colour change observed with tissue injury is caused by variegatic and xerocomic acids, both of which turn blue when oxidized enzymatically upon exposure to air.

Wikipedia.org

In other words, when the acids inside the mushroom meet the air (Oxygen specifically), a chemical reaction occurs, where the byproduct is a chemical that absorbs blue wavelength light (that is…looks blue to us)

Pretty sweet, huh?

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About Nicco Reggente, PhD 149 Articles
Nicco is the co-founder and CEO of WoahStork and Strain Genie-- two companies dedicated to bringing to life his passion of bringing personalized medicine to the cannabis industry. Nicco received his PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on machine learning applied to neuroimaging datasets. He previously received two B.As from NYU in Psychology and Philosophy.

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