psilocybin

Psilocybin Mushrooms

Overview

Psilocybin mushrooms, often referred to as “magic mushrooms,” are a type of fungi that contain the psychoactive compound psilocybin. These mushrooms have been used for centuries in various cultures for their hallucinogenic properties. Psilocybin is known for its ability to alter perception, consciousness, and cognition, often resulting in profound and unique experiences.

Other names given to Psilocybin Mushrooms:

  • Fungi
  • Shrooms
  • Psychedelic mushrooms
  • Booms
  • Zooms
  • Caps
  • Golden tops
  • Liberty caps (specific species)
  • Blue meanies (specific strain)
  • Cubes (short for Psilocybe cubensis, a common species)

Experience

The experience of consuming psilocybin mushrooms can vary widely depending on factors such as the dosage, the individual’s mindset, and the setting. Users typically report intense sensory experiences, changes in perception of time and space, and altered states of consciousness. These experiences can range from euphoric and enlightening to frightening or challenging, known as a “bad trip.”

Effects

The effects of psilocybin mushrooms can include:

  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Altered sense of self and ego dissolution
  • Intensified emotions
  • Enhanced creativity and introspection
  • Changes in perception, such as synesthesia
  • Spiritual or mystical experiences
  • A sense of interconnectedness with the universe

How to

  • Oral Consumption:
    • Raw or Dried: The most common method of consumption is eating the mushrooms raw or dried.
    • Capsules: Psilocybin can be ground into powder and put into capsules. This method allows for more precise dosing.
    • Tea: The mushrooms can be steeped in hot water to make tea, which some find to be gentler on the stomach.
  • Edibles: Psilocybin mushrooms can be incorporated into various food items, although this can make dosing more challenging.
  • Microdosing: This involves taking very small doses of psilocybin, usually about a tenth of a recreational dose, to potentially improve mood, creativity, or focus without inducing a full psychedelic experience.
  • Clinical Settings:
    • Synthetic Psilocybin: In research or therapeutic settings, synthetic psilocybin is sometimes used. This allows for precise dosing and purity.
    • Controlled Administration: In clinical trials, psilocybin is administered under strict supervision and with professional guidance.
  • Extraction and Concentration: Psilocybin can be extracted and concentrated, but this process is more complex and less common.

Can you mix it with other substances? Click here for a detailed chart of safe drug combinations.

Benefits & Risks

BenefitsPotential for personal growth and self-discovery.
Promotes creativity and new perspectives.
May help with anxiety, depression, and PTSD in therapeutic settings.
Altered states of consciousness may lead to spiritual insights.
Some users report long-lasting positive changes in attitude and behavior.
RisksRisk of a bad trip, which can be psychologically distressing.
Possibility of adverse physical reactions like nausea or vomiting.
Legal risks in many countries.
Potential for misuse or abuse.
Limited scientific research on long-term effects and risks.

Therapeutic Use

Psilocybin is being explored as a potential therapeutic tool for various mental health conditions. Research suggests it may be effective in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction when administered in a controlled, clinical setting. Some clinical trials have shown promising results.

Personal Growth

Many individuals report personal growth and increased well-being after using psilocybin mushrooms, often describing profound insights, increased empathy, and a greater sense of purpose in life. These experiences are sometimes referred to as “entheogenic” or “spiritual.”

Legality

United StatesIllegal at the federal level, classified as a Schedule I substance.
Decriminalized in: Denver, Colorado, and Oakland in California.
Mushroom Spores are federally legal prior to germination.
CanadaIllegal, except in therapeutical use.
JamaicaLegal, not regulated.
AustraliaIllegal.
BrazilLegal, not regulated.
United KingdomIllegal.
NetherlandsTruffles, which contain psilocybin, are legal and sold in smart shops. However, magic mushrooms themselves are illegal.
Portugal, Czech Republic, SpainDecriminalized.
Rest of EuropeIllegal.

History & Stats

Psilocybin-containing mushrooms have a long history of use in various cultures, with evidence of their use dating back thousands of years in Mesoamerica. In modern times, they gained popularity in the 1960s counterculture movement. Research on their therapeutic potential has grown in recent years, with notable studies and clinical trials.

Myths

There are various myths and misconceptions surrounding Psilocybin, such as:

  • using them is always dangerous or leads to addiction.
  • every experience is the same.
  • they can make you see things that are entirely disconnected from reality.
  • they are a gateway to using more harmful substances.

It’s important to approach psilocybin with caution and understand its effects and risks. Have you had an experience with psilocybin and need support to integrate it? Or do you plan on having one and want the best setting possible? Book a session with one of our coaches.


Sources:
  • DEA Confirms That Psychedelic Mushroom Spores Are Federally Legal Prior To Germination, Marijuana Moment

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