Things to Know About Magic Mushrooms

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In stressful times, it's appropriate to feel the need to explore ways that allow for mental clarity and boost your sense of calm. Magic mushrooms or shrooms are known to have a long history with spiritual experiences and self discovery. Shrooms are wild mushrooms that have psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound. Much like cannabis, shrooms have been used in history for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the war on drugs that shrooms were demonized by society.

Magic mushrooms containing psilocybin look like ordinary mushrooms with long, slender stems that are whitish gray with dark brown caps or light brown caps with white in the center. From what we know from research, psilocybin activates serotonin receptors in our brain. Serotonin is located in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for impacting our mood, cognition, and perception. 

When taken, psilocybin is converted to psilocin in the body and influences the overall perception, often unusual. The effects begin anywhere from 25 to 40 minutes after taking and the trip can last up to 6 hours. A number of factors influence the effects, including age, weight, personality, emotional state, mental illness, and environment. Side effects of magic mushrooms can influence mental and physical effects. Users can also experience long-term changes in personality, as well as flashbacks when taking mushrooms. Common side effects include dilated pupils, euphoria, hallucinations, nausea, distorted sense of time and place. Just like cannabis, the amount will influence the impact of the trip:

  • 0.1 - 0.4 gram dried: Uplifting and happy nice feeling

  • .5-1 gram dried: Trippy visuals with friends

  • 1-2 grams: Beginning to trip

  • 2-3+ grams: Deep trip and not for beginners or without a professional

If you have a family history of schizophrenia, shrooms are definitely not for you. It’s important to note that unless you’re an expert forager, looking for shrooms in the wild is a risk. You could die from eating the wrong mushroom. 

Shrooms are still illegal. It is likely that shrooms will be legalized as a therapy and for medical purposes. It will be very unlikely that it will be used for recreational use due to the stigma. Mind altering drugs like shrooms definitely need to be explored as time goes on to better the effects. 

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