What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is the compound responsible for the wonderful journey you embark upon when you ingest a magic mushroom. It’s a naturally-occurring chemical found in some types of mushrooms commonly found in Europe, the United States, South America, Africa, basically every continent besides Antarctica.
Mushrooms containing psilocybin are usually brown or tan. The most commonly known species in the Americas is the Psilocybe Cubensis. Sometimes, some poisonous mushrooms have been mistaken for magic mushrooms and led to unwanted consequences. This is why, even if shrooms grow in your backyard, you shouldn’t pick them unless someone experienced has made sure that they aren’t poisonous.
Psilocybin and all magic mushrooms are classified as psychedelic drugs. When you take psilocybin, your body ingests it and turns it into psilocin, which is the actual chemical that takes you on your trip. The compound works by activating the serotonin receptors in the prefrontal cortex. It’s the part of the brain that affects cognition, perception and mood.
What this means is that, unlike other psychedelic drugs that stimulate other parts of the brain and evoke panicked or fearful reactions, psilocybin does not shape your experience. You definitely won’t get any jump-scares, nor will you start to feel paranoid.
Even though a psilocybin trip is usually very visual, this doesn’t always mean that you will see things that are not there. The most significant change will be your perception of everyday items. Things that were dull and uninteresting become new and exciting, colours become livelier, and your everyday world becomes bright.
Psilocybin works through your expectations. That is, your mentality and state of mind can shape your experience. If you go in scared, jumpy or paranoid, you probably won’t have the best trip. But if you’re calm and accepting, you’ll be able to go on a journey of introspection. And if you’re hyped up and excited, you’re likely to get even more amped while on your trip.
What To Expect From Magic Mushrooms
If you’ve never tried any psychedelics before, you must know that they are nothing like alcohol or cannabis. It’s a completely different experience, one that reveals the innermost depths of your own mind.
On a proper recreational dose, the experience is very visual. You’ll see geometric patterns and even colors in some cases; the vibrancy of everything in your field of vision will increase dramatically, things will become warm and hazy, and you’ll feel extremely attached to nature and your primal instincts.
On a low dose however, the experience is only slightly euphoric and mostly therapeutic. You’ll observe increased creativity and a general feeling of well being and gratitude.
Many psilocybin users claim that their first psychedelic experience was the most defining experience in their life and that it changed them in a certain way, for the better of course.
The Effects and How Long They Last
We briefly explained how dosage affects trips in the last subheading, but now we’ll elaborate on magic mushrooms’ actual effects.
You can expect to feel relaxed and, perhaps, a little excited. Expect your heart to be beating hard. Expect to feel giggly and maybe even a little confused. There’ll also be the sense of time flying past or slowing down.
The experience takes you on a journey of introspection by showing you the world as you’ve never seen it before. The trip’s intensity relies on the dosage and whether you ate the mushroom dried, fresh, or cooked into food or a drink. But your state of mind also has a part to play. As we said before, the psilocybin is the medium, but your expectations shape the experience.
You should start feeling a change about 20 to 30 minutes after you eat your shrooms. The effects should peak about 80 minutes to two hours after consumption.
On average, a magic mushroom trip should last about four to six hours. However, some people report still feeling the effect a little bit, even eight hours after taking it. There are also reports of feeling a “glow” the next day.
So, as you can see, the duration of your trip can be longer or shorter than the average time. It’ll depend on individual differences such as:
- Your dosage.
- Your age and weight.
- How frequently you use it.
- Body mass
- Your diet.
- Your exercise routine.
- Water consumption
- Whether the mushrooms were cooked or not.
- Whether they were dried or fresh.
- The mushroom species
- The mushroom’s growing conditions.
By the way, dried mushrooms are way more potent than fresh ones. This is because the water content in dried mushrooms has drastically reduced, so the compounds are not diluted anymore.
Are They Safe?
Magic mushrooms are the safest psychoactive substance out there. They’re not habit-forming, nearly impossible to overdose on and non-toxic. This doesn’t mean that you should gobble up 10 dried grams of shrooms with honey and go about your day all carefree and cheerful.
They do have their negative effects. It all depends on the dose you take, along with the set and setting that you consume them in. At low doses like 500mg to 1g (dried), shrooms are absolutely harmless. It’s only after the 2g mark that things begin to get slippery for beginners.
Feeling fear before taking mushrooms is considered normal within the psychedelic community. Like Terence McKenna once said; take it easy, but take it!
Just like any psychedelic, the risk lies in having a fear of “losing control” during the experience. If this fear gets out of hand, the user might have a terrifying experience. This is the main reason why having mental support during your experience. It could be a doctor, a trip sitter or a shaman. Unless you’re really experienced with psychedelics, we don’t recommend consuming high doses of magic mushrooms alone.
If you’re afraid of having a bad trip, just remember; let the experience consume you. Surrender to the substance, let your mind flow, and try not to rationalize or obsessively analyze the thoughts that cross your mind. Simply observe.
Magic mushrooms are known to help with the following conditions:
- Suicidal Tendencies
- Spiritual Or Existential Distress
Magic Mushroom Dosage Chart
- Microdose: 50mg to 500mg
- Creative Dose: 0.5g to 1g
- Concert Dose: 1g to 3g
- Heroic Dose: 4g+
How to Avoid a Bad Trip
We’ve said it twice now, but we’ll repeat it: Your expectations and mindset will affect your magic mushroom moment. So, to get the best stimulation, we’ve written some tips that’ll help guide you to a good shrooms experience.
- If you’re new to psychedelic drugs, take your time with them. Go slow and be patient. Don’t take more because you feel like the effects aren’t kicking in fast enough. For first-timers, the Creative Dose is large enough. The risk of having a bad trip significantly increases for newbies at higher doses. More Importantly, consult with a medical practitioner if you need direction as regards dosage among other things.
- Take your shrooms with people you know, trust and like and who like you right back. This tip is also for first-time mushroom eaters. If they’re there to eat shrooms with you, if they’re going to remain sober and can act as a trip sitter for you, that’s fine too.
- Remember your set and setting. If you’re feeling a whole bunch of negative emotions, the chance that you’ll have a bad trip will be increased. Your shrooms will be there once you’ve calmed down.
- Don’t drive. In some people, the effects can last up to 12 hours, so it’s not to drive until the morning after.
- Be careful if you decide to pick your mushrooms. Mistaking poisonous mushrooms for magic mushrooms can cause devastating products. It’s best to just buy your magic mushroom products in Canada from a trusted source like WeedSmart.
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This article is aimed at providing knowledge-based information about the magic mushroom and not in any way a recommendation for its use.
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