More Info On The 'Mushroom That Causes Spontaneous Female Orgasm Found In Hawaii'

Hidden on a remote island of Hawaii grows a rare mushroom that gives women such an intense aphrodisiac effect that when they smell it, some spontaneously orgasm, reports claim.

According to the story featured on Local 12, a CBS affiliate, American scientists John Halliday and Noah Soule had heard rumors that such a mushroom existed in Hawaii. The men were reportedly intrigued enough to go searching for this mushroom in order to test those rumors, The Independent reported. In 2001, the pair reportedly discovered the fungus growing from the remains of an old lava flow.

The scientists simply called the mushroom "Tropical Dictyophora." The name of the mushroom set off warning flags, but it turned out "Dictyophora" was once a real genus of mushroom. The online taxonomic databases Index Fungorum and MycoBank consider Dictyophora to be synonymous with the genus Phallus, more commonly known as "stinkhorns." Unfortunately, the link to the scientists' research paper that was reportedly published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms repeatedly shows a page indicating that too many people were attempting to access the paper for the server. Thankfully, a PDF file of the article in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms was available in a Begell House online archive.As far as scientific and academic publishing companies, it should be noted that Begell House is not among the most prestigious of publishers. Begell House was founded by William Begell in 1991 and its 40 journals generally focus on engineering and biomedical sciences. Although it is a real publishing company, and a real journal, it's a far cry from the BMJ, Cell or The New England Journal of Medicine.

IFL Science published an article reporting that the mushroom could cause women to have spontaneous, "earth shattering" orgasms.

IFL Science, being a global Internet sensation, immediately made the old study to go viral. According to Snopes, no other scientists are discussing it.
"Our research did not turn up any other scientific studies about this orgasm-inducing and unnamed Dictyophora species, and the one extant study is itself a bit flimsy. Halliday and Soule conducted a 'smell test' in 2001 involving 16 women and 20 men. Six women reportedly experienced spontaneous (but not 'earth-shattering') orgasms while smelling the fungus, and the other 10 (who received smaller doses) experienced an increase in heart rate. What caused the spontaneous orgasms? Halliday speculated that the fetid odor of the mushrooms may have had 'hormonelike compounds present' that had some 'similarity to human neurotransmitters released during sexual encounters'."
Most importantly, though, the research stops there. No one can find another study replicating the results.Science Alert discounts the story that the scent of a mushroom can give a woman a spontaneous orgasm even further.
"An obscure, 15-year-old study has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to a sensational claim made by a couple of scientists that an unnamed species of bright orange mushroom found in Hawaii caused spontaneous orgasms in a handful of women who smelt its odour. "But before you get too excited, we're sorry to tell you that there's no actual proof that this mysterious mushroom does anything of the sort, because all we're going off is a one-page observational study involving a very small sample size that's not yet been reproduced, and which makes some pretty dubious assumptions about female biology."
The Science Alert offered a possible explanation for the unidentified mushroom, without claiming that the expedition by the two male scientists didn't happen. It's possible, that report claims, that the mushroom was actually the fungus species Phallus indusiatus. That mushroom is found in tropical regions of Australia, southern Asia, Africa and the Americas. It's a phallus-shaped mushroom that is reportedly known to be a female aphrodisiac in Hawaiian and South Pacific folklore. It's called "Mamalo o Wahine," which reportedly translates to "women's mushroom." This species of mushroom, though not indicated for spontaneous orgasming, does have a record history of use in China as a medicine for women dating back to the seventh century.The original study noted that the alleged orgasms in the female study participants suggest a hormone-like compound that might be present in the volatile part of the spore mass that could replicate neurotransmitters in humans. Science Alert speculated that the study did actually happen and that perhaps the mushroom's suggestive shape influenced the women who participated in the study.

Then again, perhaps the women were merely faking it.

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