Many factors contribute to the magic mushrooms experience, including dosage, thinking, settings, and the body’s personal chemistry. With that in mind, individual journeys are specific to people, times and places, and there is no way to accurately predict what will happen. However, understanding the general experience and benefits of magic mushrooms can help you prepare for your trip.
What are magic mushrooms?
Magic mushrooms are wild or cultivated mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychoactive and hallucinogenic substance.
Magic mushrooms containing psilocybin look like common dry mushrooms, with stems of whitish-gray and dark brown, with a light brown or white in the center. Dried mushrooms are rusty brown and have isolated areas of off-white.
You can eat, mix with food, and drink tea. You can also smoke with cannabis or tobacco. Liquid psilocybin, a natural psychedelic drug contained in Liberty Cap, is also available. The liquid is light brown and comes in a small vial.
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Magic Mushrooms: What To Expect
Magic mushrooms are generally eaten whole and dried, and most people will agree that they do not taste good. Some people put mushrooms in tea, nutella or peanut butter, mix juices and smoothies, or grind them into capsules to hide their taste. Each of these methods has slightly different effects. For example, drinking mushroom tea is faster than eating mushrooms. If you swallow the capsule, the effect will appear with a slight delay.
A typical trip with a medium dose of psilocybin mushrooms (1-2.5 g) is an increased intensity of the emotional experience, increased introspection, and a temporary condition between arousal and sleep. Includes changes in psychological function in the form of a “sleep experience”. Brain imaging studies show that the journey of psilocybin is neurologically like a dream, giving us a good idea of the ideas that come from having a psychedelic experience.
During the experience of psilocybin, you can expect perceptual changes, synesthesia, emotional changes, and a distorted sense of time.
Perceptual changes include images such as lights and halos around objects and geometric patterns when the eyes are closed. You can also experience vibrant colors, tracers, distorted vision, and the sensation of breathing in the surrounding world.
Thoughts and feelings can change. It is not uncommon to be tolerant of the thoughts and feelings that we avoid in our daily lives, and to be surprised and happy with the world around us, the people of our lives, and our hearts. You can also feel the connection between peace and the world.
During the trip, we often see strong emotions that are fun and rewarding. If you experience unwanted emotions, it’s best not to resist, but leave them alone. Many who have reported the presence of strong negative emotions also report that they feel a sense of mild acceptance and separation at the same time, especially when they do not resist and remember that the emotions are temporary. Resisting emotions can lead to a “bad trip.”
Magic mushrooms’ physical side effects
Magic mushrooms’ physical side effects vary from person to person, but changes in heart rate (up or down), changes in blood pressure (up or down), nausea, increased tendon reflexes, tremor, dilated pupils, restlessness or agitation, This includes issues such as coordination. Some people feel deeply relaxed and calm.
One study also found that psilocybin can cause headaches that last up to a day in healthy people. However, no subject reported severe headache, so psilocybin is actually used to treat a clinical condition called cluster headache (see the “Therapeutic Use” section).