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Effects Of Psilocybin Mushroom Use

When someone consumes Psilocybin mushrooms, or "magic mushrooms," they may experience hallucinations, euphoria, and depersonalization. Some may have an unpleasant experience, or even worse, pick and eat the wrong type of mushroom.

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What Are The Effects Of Psilocybin Mushrooms?

Mushrooms containing the Hallucinogenic substance Psilocybin are consumed by people who are attempting to experience a Psychedelic high. When someone ingests what are commonly called “magic mushrooms,” Psilocybin activates serotonin receptors in the prefrontal cortex, affecting perception, cognition, and mood.

The effects of Psilocybin mushrooms depend on the potency and amount that is consumed. The potency depends on the origin and species of mushroom, the growing conditions, the harvest period, and whether they are consumed fresh or dried. Dried Psilocybin mushrooms have 10 times the amount of active ingredients as fresh Psilocybin mushrooms. The taste of Psilocybin mushrooms is generally bitter, so people will brew them as a tea, add them to food, or cover them in chocolate to mask the flavor and make it easier to consume. The effects of Psilocybin mushrooms start within about 30 minutes and can last as long as 6 hours. Users may feel effects similar to those of the Hallucinogenic drug LSD.

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What Does It Feel Like To Use Psilocybin Mushrooms?

An altered perception of space and time is what most people who use Psilocybin mushrooms want to feel. Many feel that going on Psychedelic trips will bring them peace, clarity, or help them see the world in a new light. Some of the effects of Psilocybin mushrooms include euphoria, a spiritual awakening, visual distortions (such as vivid colors and halos of light), derealization, and depersonalization. Users may feel like their surroundings are not real or that they are disengaged from their surroundings.

The physical effects of Psilocybin mushrooms include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Undesirable mental effects may also occur, including:

  • Unstable emotions
  • Impaired concentration
  • Distorted thinking
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Frightening hallucinations

When a person is experiencing negative thoughts and feelings during a Psilocybin trip, they are having a “bad trip.” Someone undergoing a bad trip may feel that the people around them are deceitful or evil, that their life has no worth, or that the trip will never end. Some users have described seeing walls melting or their friends’ faces being distorted into monstrous visages. While the effects usually subside within a few hours, some users may continue to experience negative effects by developing Hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder (HPPD).

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Hallucinogen-Persisting Perception Disorder

HPPD is usually reported after using LSD, but it can also occur after using other Hallucinogenic drugs. A case of HPPD will involve visual disturbances after a trip that usually only lasts a short time but could last for years. The visual disturbances may invoke bright circles, blurry patterns, and size distortions.

There are two types of the condition. The first type is random, brief flashbacks, and the second type is ongoing changes to vision that come and go. The symptoms may be distressing or interfere with daily life, causing panic attacks, depression, and anxiety. A doctor can diagnose HPPD and provide medications and tools to manage the symptoms.

HPPD is not the only risk associated with consuming Psilocybin mushrooms. Consuming the wrong type of mushroom can result in death.

Can You Be Addicted To Psilocybin Mushrooms?

While drugs like LSD and Psilocybin are not as addictive as many other illicit drugs, they can still create a tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. Continued use of Psilocybin mushrooms results in an increased tolerance, where the user will need to consume more of the drug to feel effects. Cross-tolerance can also occur, where a user will develop a tolerance to other Hallucinogenic drugs. For a few days after using Psilocybin mushrooms, users may experience psychological withdrawal and have trouble discerning reality. Abusing drugs to escape from reality is a sign of addiction. Please contact a dedicated treatment provider today if you or a loved one needs help with starting rehab.

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