Hallucinogenic mushrooms are any species of mushroom that contains the naturally occurring psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin and are also commonly known as psychedelic mushrooms, psilocybin mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms have an extended history of traditional use as a strong entheogen. In the Aztec Nahuatl language, the name of psilocybin mushrooms is Teonanácatl, which means “flesh of the gods.”
A mushroom trip can last several hours and can induce a deep sense of connection with nature, plant spirits, and the illusory self. This guide contains all the basic information you will need to begin your magic mushroom healing journey.
What are magic mushrooms?
There are about 200 species of psilocybin mushrooms that grow in nature, and they all contain the major psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin, along with other psychoactive compounds such as baeocystin and norbaeocystin.
Almost every continent in the world has at least one species of magic mushroom growing on them. They have been around for thousands, if not millions of years, and are fairly easy to grow or find in nature.
Identifying the psilocybin mushroom requires some knowledge, as species vary in appearance. However, almost all species grow well in humid forested areas near bodies of water. Some even grow best on cow manure and can be found in virtually any field where animals are grazing.
Some of the more common species of magic mushrooms include Psilocybe cubensis (light brown/white caps, with a thick white stem), Psilocybe semilanceata (thin, wavy stems with dark bell-shaped caps), Psilocybe cyanescens (wavy caps in bell shape). sole) and Psilocybe azurescens (conical candy cap with a thin stem), and almost all can be found growing in Europe or America.
The “Fly Agaric” mushroom, Amanita muscaria, is perhaps the most famous in the world; With his red cap and white spots, he appears in fairy tales and folklore as a magical and sometimes poisonous mushroom. However, this golden teacher mushroom is not a psilocybin mushroom as it contains a different psychoactive substance, with a very different psychoactive effect and it can be poisonous. It has an extended history of shamanic use in native Siberian peoples, but is usually not considered a standard “magic mushroom.”
Magic mushrooms in shamanic culture
It is not known for sure when humans first consumed magic mushrooms, but cave paintings in northern Australia suggest that magic mushrooms were part of indigenous Australian cultures, around 10,000 BC. Similar representations of psychedelic mushrooms have been found in other ancient human civilizations, albeit in later times, including Mesoamerican and South American cultures.
Psychedelic mushrooms influenced the development of the cultures that used them. There is considerable evidence that these mushrooms were used in religious ceremonies dating back to 1500 BC. C. C. in pre-Mayan cultures. They were consumed for his or her healing properties and for the visionary states they might induce. The use of psychedelic mushrooms is depicted in many Mesoamerican art and sculpture forms.
Indigenous groups in Mexico still use psychedelic mushrooms as an integral part of their culture.
The use of magic mushrooms is practiced by Nahuatl, Matlazinc, Totonac, Mazatec, Mixe, Zapotec, and Chain groups, and the ceremonies typically combine Catholic and native elements.
What to expect on a magic mushroom trip
The effects of a magic mushroom trip will depend on several factors, including the species of mushrooms you eat, the way you eat them, your environment and mindset, and your sensitivity to entheogenic substances.mushrooms
Generally, a mushroom trip begins about 30 minutes to an hour after ingesting the mushrooms and can last between three and six hours.
The trip may involve:
Vision changes: such as the increase in the intensity of colors, the transformation and movement of stationary objects, or the appearance of detailed geometry.
Changes in your thoughts: like intense emotions, alterations within the perception of your time, and encounters with spiritual beings. Changes in your body: such as the spread of radiant heat, nausea, or tingling.
An experience with mushrooms can put some people in contact with a mystical power or force. These types of experiences can be known as spiritual, mystical, transcendental, or numinous. They can involve an encounter with plant spirits or divine entities. People who are lucky enough to possess these experiences can witness the interconnectedness of the universe and find out revelations about themselves or the planet around them.
The intensity of the experience may depend on the dose of psilocybin you take in. Fresh and dried mushrooms will contain significantly different amounts of psilocybin, and different species can vary dramatically in the amount of psilocybin they contain. Even the caps and stems of individual mushrooms can have different psilocybin contents.
As a rough guide, a coffee dose of the favored Psilocybe cubensis would be around 1-2.5 grams of dried mushroom; a moderate dose between 2-3.5 grams; and a high dose above 5 grams.
Amplifying the healing potential of magic mushrooms
The powerful experience of mushrooms can be used for healing, personal transformation, or spiritual exploration. But the quality of the experience will depend on setting the right environment and mindset.
Preparing your mind and environment for the trip will make a positive experience more likely. It’s impossible to be too prepared for a mushroom trip, and it can make the difference between a life-affirming experience and a terrifying one. Follow these basic guidelines to get the most out of your mushrooms:
Set a clear intention. This can greatly help you get through the chaos and uncertainty of a mushroom trip. What are you looking to achieve with this experience and why are you doing it?
Prepare a comfortable and safe environment. Being in a familiar place, with access to comforts and comfortable clothing. Prepare fresh fruits and healthy foods for when you are hungry. Prepare the environment to be quiet, calm, and peaceful.
Have a sober babysitter with you. Preferably someone with experience with psychedelics. Your role will be to stay safe and calm down if you need guidance during the experience.
Does consciously. Follow our dosing guidelines above. Know what you are taking and start with a low dose if this is the first time.
Expect the unexpected. Although your intention will help you focus, the psychedelic experience is notoriously unpredictable and you may lose control of the direction of travel. If that happens, prepare to let go and remember that you are safe and comfortable.
Treat depression with magic mushrooms
Some clinical studies have suggested that magic mushrooms might be wont to treat severe depression in people that haven’t found relief from typical treatments.
Recent large studies have shown that one moderate dose of magic mushrooms can significantly reduce depression scores in patients with treatment-resistant depression. The antidepressant effect of mushrooms also lasts much longer than typical treatments, with reduced levels of depression maintained for several months after treatment.
A large part of the reason magic mushrooms appear to be so effective in treating depression is due to their ability to induce a unique mystical experience. Participants who describe a highly spiritual or personally meaningful experience with psilocybin mushrooms were more likely to possess reductions in depression scores, consistent with one study.
This research should not be understood to mean that magic mushrooms can cure everyone’s depression. The people who have participated in these clinical trials are people who have been suffering from depression for many years, have tried many different treatments, and have consulted with many different health professionals. The mushroom treatment also didn’t work for all study participants, and it didn’t work at all for some participants.
It is important to remember that if you are suffering from depression, it is risky to consider magic mushrooms as a sure cure. Always talk to your GP about other treatments before considering psychedelics. Remember that people in clinical trials receive intensive therapy, a lot of support, and take magic mushrooms in very controlled clinical settings.
Taking mushrooms on your own in the dark is unlikely to treat anything, much less a mental health condition.
Microdosing with hallucinogenic mushrooms
Microdosing is an increasingly popular way to ingest magic mushrooms. Unlike a full dose that will induce a psychedelic experience, a microdose will hardly be noticeable. You will be able to carry out your daily tasks without profound changes in perception.
The idea of mushroom microdosing is that you will enjoy the subtle effects of psilocybin mushrooms, including increased creativity, focus, and mood, without having to put everything on hold and endure several hours of psychedelic travel.
For starters, a standard microdose is less than a tenth of what it would normally take to have a full experience. This is usually about a quarter gram of mushrooms. Take a dose once every three days and keep a diary to keep track of the effects. If you don’t notice any positive effects, try increasing the dose slightly. If you notice negative effects such as increased anxiety, insomnia, or nausea, try reducing the dose.
Just microdose for a few weeks at a time and then take long breaks. Microdosing should be viewed as a catalyst for positive changes in your life, rather than a substance that you develop a dependency on. Also, the long-term health effects of micro-dosing are unknown, so use caution.
The legality of magic mushrooms
Today, magic mushrooms are illegal in many countries. They are categorized as a category A substance within the UK and listed as a Schedule 1 drug in most of us. Canada and most European countries prohibit mushrooms to varying degrees.
There are often different rules regarding dried, fresh, and homegrown mushrooms in each country, so check your local laws. Some countries allow the cultivation of magic mushrooms and will even allow the sale and purchase of grow kits and spores. In the Netherlands, magic mushrooms are legal in the form of magic truffles; a fungal stage of earlier development that still contains psilocybin.