So I thought Indonesia was supposed to be ultra-tough on drugs. How come I see signs in plain site with things like "Yes, we have @#$%ing magic mushrooms here!" And can buy them over the counter at nearly every restaurant and bar in Kuta?
Are "magic mushrooms" not hallucinogenic/illicit drugs?
yes they are hallucinogenic but indo seems to turn a blind eye in certain places to this. Biggest problem I have heard is you don't know how strong the concoction is. When we were on Gili Trawangan in June this year they are advertised everywhere. On the dive boat loads of gap year kids talking about how f@@ed up they were going to get. Then I hear some is so mild you wouldn't even know you had some. Then some dive DM's said this is the best place on the island, evidently one of their dive buddies asked for a super strong shake and had to get shipped to Lombok as a gibbering mess, after having it.
Personally is not something I would take but hey it's out there, And if that floats your boat try it. I'd ask around before hand to get a handle on that sort of stuff as a warning.
They're not illegal in Indonesia, or at least they're in some kind of opaque area. They're often available in warungs well off the tourist trail -- it's not just a tourist thing.
Yes, they can really mess with your head, can be mildly hallucinogenic -- handle with care!