The psychoactive properties of mushrooms are not well understood, but they have been used for centuries. They can induce a euphoric and/or hallucinogenic state that will differ from person to person. Some people may be able to experience the effects of the mushroom, while others may find it too intense or overwhelming. Mushrooms are typically eaten raw, although some people do enjoy them cooked in butter with garlic and salt over pasta or rice. If you’re interested in tripping on mushrooms, here’s what you need to know.
How does psilocybin affect your brain?
Psilocybin is thought to act as a prodrug to psilocin. Psilocybin is converted to psilocin by dephosphorylation in the gastrointestinal tract and liver before binding to receptors as an agonist. Psilocin has been shown to show affinity to 5-HT 1A, 5-HT 2A, and 5-HT 2C serotonin receptors, which are involved in anxiety, depression, hallucination, memory formation, mood regulation, sensory gating processes. The effects of psilocybin resemble those of LSD or mescaline from peyote cactus.
A rush of euphoria
After you’ve consumed the mushrooms, your body starts to release serotonin (a.k.a. “the happy chemical”). This is what makes you feel good and relaxed. Some people describe this feeling as being wrapped in a soft blanket or warm glow that extends throughout their entire body. Often people experience uncontrollable laughter since they get so much pleasure from such simple things as touching an object or feeling a sensation on their skin. It’s common to feel waves of energy and tingling sensations all over the body during a trip, especially when moving around. If you’re tripping with someone else, don’t be surprised if you suddenly burst out laughing even though neither one of you know why.
When most people talk about hallucinations, they refer to seeing things that aren’t there or visual images and figures in their minds. Hallucinations are more common when ingesting psychedelic mushrooms than on other substances like LSD or DMT. Some people may see illusions of animals, flowers, and bugs that don’t exist. It’s not uncommon for people to experience a “waking dream,” where they’ll see colors and shapes that appear extremely vivid.
Bouncing vision is a term used to describe the effect of seeing things repeatedly for less than a second before they disappear. It’s often described as two images bouncing back and forth at rapid speed on top of each other. The amount of time is usually quite short, but it can be disturbing if you’re unprepared for it or don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late.
Rapid breathing, increased heart rate
After consuming psilocybin, the user typically will begin to feel a sense of relaxation. Their fingers may tingle, and their arms may feel heavy. The feelings are often described as a floating sensation, perhaps similar to swimming in water (some people have said it feels like they are on the ocean).
Altered perception of time,
People under the influence of psilocybin mushrooms often report that they experience some level of hallucinations, such as visual distortions or seeing geometric patterns. They might also hear things differently than normal; voices and other sounds can seem far away but still be audible at the same time. Some users may experience synesthesia — an overlap in the senses where someone tastes colors or sees sounds. Others may claim that they see images from their past flashing in front of their eyes.
Psilocybin mushrooms are known to induce a sense of empathy in those who consume them. Some users report feeling like they understand the universe better, while others say they feel less judgmental and loving towards other people. According to some users, the colorful geometric patterns — also known as fractals — can also make people feel connected to their environment.
Physical effects of the mushrooms include nausea, dry mouth, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. Users may also experience soreness around their eyes as well as droopy eyelids. The intensity of each of these physical symptoms depends on the amount consumed by the user. Some people report seeing little to no physical symptoms throughout their trip, and it is believed to get better with experience.
Mushrooms can make you believe in something bigger than yourself. When you’re ‘tripping,’ you may notice that everything seems more beautiful and interesting, or you can feel like the little details in life are a big deal. People who trip on mushrooms sometimes describe it as a “spiritual experience.”
Some people feel that when they trip on mushrooms, their ego “dies.” This means all the unnecessary thoughts and worries in your head subside. You can feel more connected to yourself and everything around you while in a mushroom-induced hallucination state.
Increased sensory stimulation
Mushrooms create a state of sensory stimulation, which can range from pleasant to overwhelming. The part of the brain that senses different textures, temperatures, and other sensations is amplified. In some cases, your hearing may be more sensitive than usual, so those interested in trying mushrooms should consider listening to music or nature sounds before they consume these drugs because it may be too intense if you’re sober while tripping.
Psilocybin is a psychoactive chemical in magic mushrooms, so when you consume them, it can cause hallucinations and affect the way you think and behave. You may find that time slows down or speeds up during an intense trip.
It’s common to see swirls on surfaces, colorful blotches covering objects and walls, geometric patterns on physical objects around you (such as in furniture), amplified sound, smells, tastes, changes in temperature from hot to cold throughout your body sensation, rapid mood swings, and euphoria/anxiety as well as out-of-body experiences.
You may also find that objects will appear to be animated as if they’re moving on their own, and you may have phantom limbs, a phenomenon where you think that your body parts are missing or something is wrong with them. You might even feel like you’re dying or going crazy during an intense trip, which can last between three to eight hours for a single dose depending on the potency of the mushroom and how much was consumed.