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This is a joke, right?
I went looking for elaboration on where the idea to use this even comes from, and I think I mostly got an alternative medicine site warning people that a lot of the cheap stuff isn't even made of zombie fungus, oh no.
So, at the very least, it's not a low-effort joke. Either high-effort, or serious.
I think it may have been that site that told me Chinese sports doctors claim it's a performance enhancing supplement (i.e. what they say they're giving the athletes when they're actually giving them steroids). certainly if you offered me this stuff I'd run.
It's 2019: today's joke is tomorrow's startup, is the day after's scandal / business school case study.
Bring on the clickers!
I was 100% sure this was another Obvious Plant (dot com) production. It even showed up in my RSS reader right after one of his posts. O modernity!
This is kind of interesting since I just got back from Bhutan yesterday. Bhutan is cordyceps country. They're weird little fungal things that grow wild and supposedly have all sorts of health benefits. Bhutan has some of the best, and since Bhutan doesn't have a lot to sell besides tourism and hydropower, they've been building up the cordyceps export business. We didn't try any of them straight, but we did have some in a glass or two of ara. That's the local wine / firewater that people brew from grain and distill in their backyard. It's evil stuff, and since it's strictly a cottage industry, we couldn't bring any home with us. Border authorities like things like tax seals and printed alcohol levels. The Bhutanese are fuck that. Our driver and guide took home plastic water bottles full of the stuff. The woman who brewed the batch we tried soaked some cordyceps in it which gave it a musty, mushroom-like note. We have no idea if it fights stress or cures cancer or anything. My guess is that it works best soaked in a bottle of ara, but you might try rye or vodka.
Sorry, I read that book. You can't fool me.