Dried Magic Mushrooms
Magic mushrooms go by a few different names, including psilocybin mushrooms and shrooms.
What Are Psilocybin Magic Mushrooms?
Magic mushrooms go by a few different names, including psilocybin mushrooms and shrooms. These mushrooms are just like other mushrooms in the fact that they are found in the wild. What sets them apart from regular mushrooms people find and eat (or even poisonous mushrooms) is that they contain psilocybin.
Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound. It is one of the most well-known psychedelics—and is very potent when ingested.
So, magic mushrooms are simply a name for mushrooms that contain psilocybin.
What Effects Do Magic Mushrooms Have?
People take magic mushrooms not for therapeutic effects but rather for the experience they are known to give. But the results everyone experiences will differ as many factors influence the effects shrooms will have on people.
Your magic mushrooms experience will be influenced by factors such as:
- Your weight
- How much you take
- Your personality
- What you’ve eaten lately
- Your mental health
Though their effects vary, magic mushrooms can offer both psychological and physical effects. Common effects of shrooms include:
- Seeing, hearing, and feeling sensations that are not real (but seem like they are)
- Distorted sense of time
- Lack of coordination
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
Because shrooms can cause paranoia and panic, among other effects, the mental state of users is essential. Those with mental health concerns or who suffer from issues like PTSD should not take shrooms, as they can trigger these issues.
How to Take Magic Mushrooms
Magic mushrooms are quite a versatile product and are suitable for use in multiple ways.
Like their more traditional counterparts, people can consume magic mushrooms in their raw form. But they can have a rubbery texture and a taste that does not appeal to everyone. This texture can make it challenging to eat raw shrooms. Thankfully, there are other options out there that many people may find more appealing to try.
Shrooms can also be mixed into edible products. Shroom chocolate bars and shroom gummies are popular ways to take magic mushrooms. Having them in this form is an excellent way to mask the flavour of shrooms.
Shroom capsules are also an option when it comes to consuming psilocybin mushrooms. These products are pre-dosed capsules that contain shrooms suspended in a carrier oil. These offer the benefit of allowing users to know precisely how much they are ingesting. Also, capsules are easy to consume and discreet to take.
Powdered magic mushrooms are another option. Shroom users can snort the mushroom powder or sprinkle it on top of other products.
Finally, people can also take raw shrooms and use them as an ingredient to different kinds of food. Mushrooms are suitable for many different dishes, so adding magic mushrooms to food is easy. It’s not uncommon for people to:
- Steep shrooms in beverages, such as tea
- Add grilled shrooms to their burger
- Use shrooms as a pizza topping
- Add shrooms to pasta sauce
Preparing to Take Shrooms
There are many ways to take shrooms, but just as important is where you take shrooms and the way you feel before you take them. All these things can influence your magic mushroom experience.
Any time you use shrooms, you should make sure you are in a comfortable, safe environment. If you are taking them with people or in a public place like a party, be sure you are around people you feel safe with.
If you are struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety or have a history of mental illness, taking shrooms is probably not the best idea. Instead, wait until you are in a better state of mind to ensure you don’t end up with a “bad trip.”
How Much Should I Take?
Magic mushrooms are quite potent and can take people by surprise if they are not prepared. That’s why the first time you try shrooms, you should start with a small amount. After allowing the shrooms to take effect and reach their peak effects, you can then take more if needed.
It’s always better to start low and slowly increase with each use until you achieve your desired effects.
How Long Do Magic Mushrooms’ Effects Last?
Shrooms can stay in your system for a long time—up to 15 hours. Throughout this time, users will experience effects on a spectrum of potency.
Once shrooms have been ingested, it can take approximately 30 minutes for users to start to feel their effects. Though shrooms can stay in your system for much longer, effects generally last three to six hours. Typically, the most potent effects happen between three to four hours after you ingested the shrooms.