Ever heard about psilocybin or psychedelic mushrooms? Do you need information on psychedelic mushrooms’ effects? Go through this article to find out more about the effects of mushroom on the body and brain.
Most of us use mushrooms in many cooking recipes due to their flavor and even their nutritional value. Mushrooms are basically fleshy fruiting bodies that are produced by some types of fungi. While the ones that are edible are used for culinary purposes, some of them are poisonous. Some of the mushroom varieties are psychedelic in nature. I am sure you might have heard about ‘shrooms’ or magic mushrooms. Since ingestion of these mushrooms induces hallucinations, these are also called happies or liberty cap. An altered sense of consciousness or reality that one experiences for a while after one consumes these mushrooms is referred to as a ‘trip’. Magic mushrooms’ effects on one’s body as well as the brain is attributed to the presence of a psychoactive substance called psilocybin. Scroll down to know more about the physical and mental effects of such psychedelic mushrooms.
What are Psilocybin Mushrooms
As mentioned earlier, psilocybin is the active ingredient that is responsible for the altered sense of reality. When one ingests a magic mushroom, psilocybin gets converted into psilocin. The effect of this hallucinogen is manifested in the form of distorted perception and other sensations. It is believed that the structure of psilocin is somewhat similar to that of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin is known to affect one’s mood and perception. Thus, the ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms causes changes in the sensory perception or a distorted sense of consciousness. The higher the dosage, the stronger will be the effects of shrooms on the brain and the body. The effects of shrooms are usually more intense if one ingests these mushrooms on an empty stomach. Here’s some information on effects of mushrooms on the body.
Effects of Psilocybin Mushrooms
The effects of shrooms have sometimes been compared to the effects of another hallucinogen or drug called lysergic acid diethylamide. As I mentioned earlier, magic mushrooms are psychoactive and alter the sense of consciousness. Thus, on ingesting these, one starts viewing his/her surroundings in a whole new way. One’s perception or sensory abilities might hit a whole new level. The visual and auditory elements in the hallucinations might be very dramatic. One might see vibrant colors, bright light and might be able to view the small details in the surroundings. Another interesting aspect is that the state of mind one was in while ingesting these mushrooms will surely determine the effect of the psychedelic mushrooms. How long does the trip last? Well, shroom-induced trip may begin about twenty minutes after one ingests mushrooms. Such psychedelic trips could last from four to seven hours. While a light dose might induce relaxation and euphoria, high doses would give rise to stronger auditory and visual distortions. Warped patterns, rippling surfaces and other such distortions might be experienced.
Comparisons between otherworldly mystical experiences and mushroom trips have been drawn by some of the users. However, one can also experiences intense fear or get totally paranoid during these psychedelic trips. If the user was not in a right frame of mind while he/she ingested these mushrooms, these emotions might even get intensified. If taken in high doses, the hallucinations might occur for a longer time. Now that you have some idea about the effects of magic mushrooms on the brain, let’s move on to the effects of shrooms on the body. Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are some of the common physical effects of these mushrooms. One might also experience tingling sensation in the body. Hot flashes, muscle spasms, sweating, loss of appetite, excessive yawning, fatigue, pupil dilation, numbness in the limbs or numbness in the mouth are some of the effects that might be experienced by the user.
This was a brief overview on the effects of psychedelic mushrooms. Though the effects of mushrooms are not as strong as LSD’s, it would be in one’s best interest to refrain from the use of such psychoactive substances. If you are too keen on trying these, make sure that you pick up the ones that are non-poisonous in nature. The consequences could be fatal if you end up consuming poisonous mushrooms. Do make sure that these psychedelic mushrooms have not developed a moldy growth.