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Naturally-occurring fungi which contain varying amounts of the conscious-altering substances psilocybin and psilocin. Users of this drug eat it or drink it in a tea to experience a powerful psychedelic trip similar in tone and effect to LSD. There are more than 90 species of magic mushrooms worldwide.
What it is, what does it look like, how is it ingested?
Mushrooms ingested to get high contain psilocybin and create a similar psychedelic experience as taking LSD. They can be eaten raw or dried and made into a tea. These types of mushrooms are also known as magics, mushies, shrooms, or liberty caps and are small and tan in color. Learn more about the basics... of using magic mushrooms.
What it does, the physical and mental effects while high, what happens in the brain, after-effects of using shrooms.
Taking mushrooms produces a trip that varies depending on your mood and the circumstances under which you use them. Some users report a very pleasant experience, while others feel paranoid or frightened. Using mushrooms leads to hallucinations, which can distort one's perceptions of color, time and movement. Learn more about the effects... of doing mushrooms.
How much mushrooms will cause an overdose? What is a lethal dose of the drug?
The usual dosage for mushrooms varies from between one and five grams. Experienced users may take more.
Risk of overdose, bad trips, what are the long term effects of use?
Magic mushroom users can have flashbacks that recreate a trip after it has ended. Being tired or stressed out can trigger a flashback. Difficulty concentrating and memory loss may also occur. Learn more about the dangers and long term effects... of mushrooms abuse.
How addictive is it? Is addiction a myth? Do I have a problem? Signs and symptoms of mushrooms abuse and dependency.
Mushrooms are not physically addictive. Someone may turn to them repeatedly to escape from their everyday life though. A user may start by taking a small dose and then repeat the process if they don't feel the effects of the mushrooms within a short time. Learn more about mushrooms addiction... and the effects of long-term use.
What are the signs of an overdose? What to do if you spot symptoms of a mushroom overdose.
The risk of overdosing on Liberty Cap mushrooms is not very high. Fly Agaric mushrooms are toxic, and can lead to death from liver or heart failure.
It would be wise to call your local emergency line if you or someone you are with is possibly experiencing an OD. Check out our drug emergencies resource page to see a list of US poison control centers and addiction resources. Once the emergency is over, please consider seeking treatment.
What are the effects of mixing magic mushrooms with LSD, cocaine, alcohol, amphetamines, cannabis, ecstasy (MDMA), heroin, tobacco and other drugs?
Combining mushrooms with alcohol can increase its depressive effect and create a negative trip for the user. Combining one mind-altering drug with another is not a good idea, since you are only giving yourself a double dose of a hallucinogen. Learn more about mixing... mushrooms and other substances.
Are magic mushrooms illegal? I got caught with shrooms, am I going to jail? How long are sentences for magic mushrooms dealers; what about just possession for recreational use? Is it a felony?
It is illegal to grow, possess, buy or sell magic mushrooms in the U.K. Under U.S. law, mushrooms are a Schedule 1 drug and also illegal to possess or distribute. Learn more about the legal and criminal aspects... of the drug.
Can magic mushrooms be used for purposes other than recreational, like spiritual or medicinal?
Some magic mushroom users do report having a "spiritual" experience. Mushrooms have been used by people throughout history as a food source and also for their psychedelic properties. Rock paintings and other ancient art appears to depict people with mushrooms and images that may be seen while under the influence.
Why do celebrities use magic mushrooms? Pop culture and shrooms in the mainstream press.
With shows like HBO's Entourage glorifying but also showing the harsh realities this substance has brought about, there's little wonder it maintains constant media exposure in the modern world. From scientific to sensational and celebrity, below are a few examples of magic mushrooms coverage in the press.
What are the detection times? How long do shrooms stay in my system? Will I pass a mushrooms drug test?
Most standard drug tests don't look for magic mushrooms. This substance can be detected in your blood or urine for seven days after ingesting them. Mushrooms aren't physically addictive and don't build up in your system like other drugs do.
But should you want to detox, mushrooms detox should be supervised by trained personnel for safety reasons. Learn more about mushrooms drug testing and how long it takes to detox... from shrooms.
Are magic mushrooms poisonous? Can you smoke mushrooms? Is there a good way of disguising the taste?
A number of questions are commonly asked about mushrooms and its effects, its origins. From the ordinary and logical line of questions to the often bizarre, we present answers to questions... about this drug.
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