What Are Magic Mushrooms?

What are psilocybin mushrooms?

Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, are a species of mushrooms that possess psychedelic properties and are often used as a psychedelic drug.

Magic mushrooms have been around for thousands of years and have been used religiously as well as spiritually in many tribes.

Today, shrooms are considered illegal in almost all countries. However, many people still use them recreationally, as some of the effects can be incredibly profound.

How are magic mushrooms grown?

One of the main reasons psilocybin is the go-to psychedelic for many people is because it’s quite easily grown. There are a few things necessary before beginning to grow them, but after acquiring them, it’s very easy to mass-produce them.

Shrooms require relatively specific conditions for being grown, so they are often grown in small or large containers. These containers must have the correct soil, holes in the top for sufficient airflow, and a few other things that are specific to growing shrooms.

What are some of the effects of psilocybin?

It is also often said that the effects are quite challenging to explain to someone who has never had a psychedelic experience. Sometimes people describe it as attempting to explain what colors look like to a blind person.

However, the common effects of psilocybin often include strong visual and/or auditory hallucinations. Other effects include bodily sensations and tactile enhancement. It is also not uncommon for users to have feelings of oneness with the universe as well as enlightenment.

Another extremely prominent effect is the inability to sleep. This is another almost universal effect of psychedelics.

Dosage of magic mushrooms

Unlike psychedelics such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms are weighed in grams. The standard dose for a new and inexperienced user would generally be from one to two grams. However, other factors are important such as body weight, sex, and what other medications a user might be on before the experience.

Experienced users who are looking to have a very intense trip/experience would typically take five or more grams of magic mushrooms. At a dose above five grams, very intense and life-changing experiences are likely to take place.

Also understand that once a substance as powerful as psilocybin has been consumed, it is very hard to reverse or cancel the effects. Many people claim that other drugs such as benzodiazepines are somewhat effective at canceling the effects of shrooms and/or LSD.

However, it’s generally a good idea to be 100 percent positive this is an experience you want before ingesting a drug such as magic mushrooms.

What exactly is a psychedelic “trip?”

When going into a psychedelic experience, you can end up having what people call a “good” or a “bad” trip. These terms are often misused and are nothing more than a description of how a person’s experience went.

There are many things you can do to maximize your chances of having a good trip, although nothing is ever guaranteed.

For someone’s first experience with shrooms, as mentioned previously, it is a great idea to start with around one to two grams of shrooms. This is essential to get new users acclimated to the basic effects of psilocybin.

Another thing that can be done to increase one’s chance of having a good trip is to test your substances. Assuming you haven’t grown the shrooms yourself, it is a great idea to get a psilocybin testing kit. It is worth noting that purchasing a test kit online is completely legal and can potentially save a user’s life.

Is psilocybin safe to consume?

Much of media has led the general public to believe that psychedelics are dangerous drugs that should never be touched. Surprisingly, it’s about the exact opposite. Physically, psilocybin mushrooms are one of the safest drugs that can be consumed. However, there are side effects when taken irresponsibly. Irresponsible users may experience the more negative effects that shrooms have to offer.

It is also worth noting that nobody has ever died from overdosing on shrooms, as the amount needed to overdose would not be able to fit in the stomach. The point of all of this is to understand that this is a very powerful drug that should be treated as such.

Dependence potential and dangerous interactions

Much like most other psychedelics, psilocybin is non-habit forming and has a very low chance of abuse. Similarly to LSD, the desire to use magic mushrooms again goes down after each use, deterring users from repeated use. This alone makes LSD and psilocybin different from almost every other schedule one drug in the United States.

It is also worth noting that there are potential risks when combining mushrooms with other drugs. Stimulants such as nicotine or cocaine have a great chance to increase anxiety and ultimately throw the user into a bad trip. Make sure to be cautious and research combining anything with a drug as powerful as psilocybin.

Psychedelics for treating depression and anxiety

Many studies have shown that drugs like LSD, psilocybin, and MDMA (ecstasy) have great potential for treating disorders such as depression and anxiety. Under the supervision of a psychiatrist, drugs such as these can teach people incredibly valuable things about their minds that otherwise may have never been learned.

Studies specifically for MDMA have been shown to help heal people with post-traumatic stress disorder. This would mean soldiers and people with otherwise incurable post-traumatic stress disorder would now have a new and promising option if this does become available.

The legality of magic mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are currently illegal in most countries around the world. However, there are a few exceptions that give the future of psychedelics hope. Colorado, as of July 2019, has decriminalized psilocybin mushrooms.

This means that anyone with possession of this drug will not be charged and will likely only have the drug taken away from them. This is very good news for users of all kinds of psychedelics and could be the first of many states to decriminalize drugs like mushrooms.


Psychedelic mushrooms are an incredibly powerful drug that should be treated with great respect. They give the user intense visual and sometimes auditory hallucinations that are often life-changing. Recent studies of psilocybin mushrooms also show that they have great potential to help heal disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Psychedelics are an incredibly strong and interesting group of drugs that truly do have the potential to change the world.