Magic mushrooms are used in different parts of the world for thousands of years. These fungal organisms are also known as psychedelic mushrooms or shrooms. In this article, we will discuss the various effects of magic mushrooms on people. Read on if you want to understand how magic mushroom works once digested in the body.
Shrooms can either be grown from wild or commercially cultivated. There are different methods possible to consume magic mushrooms but the most popular way is to eat it dried or raw. Mushrooms that are considered “magic” can alter an individual’s perception or consciousness. Other several factors influence the overall effects of shrooms to people. The ability of shrooms to change the perception or consciousness of people is the result of the different psychoactive chemicals found in this fungal organism.
What gives shrooms capability to alter the mind?
According to an article on Verywell, magic mushrooms may contain psychoactive or hallucinogenic ingredients such as psilocybin and psilocin. These substances are also known as psychedelics that have structures similar to the neurotransmitter serotonin. The main psychoactive principle in magic mushrooms is the psilocybin. This chemical once absorbed in the body can bind to serotonin in the brain causing some sensory distortions. The hallucinations and mood changes reported by users are described as a dreamlike sense with a feeling of expanded consciousness.
Based on some research, aside from the hallucination effects, psilocybin has the ability to repair brain cells that is why magic mushrooms are beneficial to those who suffer from depression or other mental health concerns.
How to recognize magic mushrooms?
Mushrooms can be edible or poisonous. It can be lethal if you accidentally consume a mushroom that contains toxic. This is why you must know how to identify the different kinds of mushrooms. Magic mushrooms have a lot of similarity in appearance with poisonous mushrooms. Before we give physical descriptions, it is also important to take note that magic mushrooms can also be classified into two strains which are psilocybe and cubensis. Each strain has its distinct characteristics from each other.
Psilocybe type of magic mushrooms look like:
- Mushrooms grown from these strains usually have a dark chestnut brown color when moist but it can change into light tan or yellow when they dry.
- Other mushrooms from this strain can have purple-brown color as well.
Cubensis type of magic mushrooms look like:
- Magic mushrooms from this strain have a cap that is conical but flattens out into a plane as it ages.
- Young mushrooms from this strain are reddish or brownish.
- The color changes with age and becomes more golden in appearance.
Effects of Magic Mushrooms
Now that we have a little bit of a background about magic mushrooms it is time that we talk about the effects. Magic mushrooms can cause hallucinations that distorts and alters the thought or mood of an individual. The experience can also be either positive or negative.
The effects depend on how many magic mushrooms a person consumes. If it is a small dose the person may not even feel that they are under the influence of some hallucinogenic ingredients. On the other hand, a larger dose of magic mushrooms can cause some to act unpredictably.
Fresh mushrooms have a dosage that is estimated to be at least 10 times higher or 10 to 50 grams rather than the recommended recreational dose of up to 5 grams. Magic mushrooms can be consumed raw, boiled, or even cooked with other food. After the magic mushrooms are digested, psilocybin is enzymatically converted to psilocin. The duration of the effects can last from 4 to 6 hours.
Some people who use magic mushrooms say that the feel the effects in 30-60 minutes after ingestion. Once the effects start to occur, you may experience some psychological and physical effects which are listed below.
Psychological Effects of Magic Mushrooms
- Strong emotions
- Euphoric feeling
- Heightened senses
- Sensory hallucinations
- Time perception
- Impaired judgment
- Disordered thinking or paranoia and in some cases psychosis.
- Mood changes including anxiety or panic and depression
Physical Effects of Magic Mushrooms
- Muscle weakness or relaxation
- Coordination problems.
- Excessive sweating.
- Dilated pupils
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
Once you start to feel the effects, experts recommend staying as open to your feelings and ideas as you can to have a more meaningful and effective experience. Additionally, try to relax and remain present at the moment. After a couple of hours, the effects will gradually start to fade. This is the best time to write or talk about your experience with a family or friend to share what you have been experiencing. You will slowly start to feel back to your normal self.
What will you feel after?
Based on what most people say after consuming magic mushrooms, you may experience to think more clearly and feel freer with your emotions. You can also experience exhaustion the next day. Other people experience improvement with their mood and overall outlook in life.
Even though many people have positive and meaningful experiences with magic mushrooms, some people experience having a bad trip mood or even extreme paranoia. Moreover, some individuals may not only just experience a couple of hours heightened creativity but it can even last for over a year after the occurrence of some neurological changes.
The strength or intensity effects of magic mushroom depend not only on the type of strain or dosage but also the where and how of its growth. Magic mushrooms are still considered illegal because of its hallucinogenic components like the psilocybin as being a Scheduled I controlled substance.
Despite that, there is still an increasing study researchers have been conducting about this type of mushroom. Researchers have proven that magic mushrooms are beneficial to treat some mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. However, there are still a lot of things that we need to learn and discover about the effects of magic mushrooms in the human brain.