As the founder of a functional mushroom company, I often get asked if our mushrooms will make you high. While functional mushroom-like lion’s mane and shiitake have magical nutritional benefits, they are not “magic mushrooms.”
But as a major mushroom enthusiast, it’s hard not to be also interested in the rich cultural traditions and passionate stories people share with actual psychedelic mushrooms.
We also now know from research conducted at John Hopkins, New York University, and U.C.L.A, that under specific circumstances, psychedelic mushrooms could potentially offer positive effects to humans. Unfortunately, plenty of incorrect information is being spread about their benefits.
With so much to learn about psychedelic mushrooms, here are the 7 things I really think everyone should know.
Important Note: This article is in no way telling you that you should consume Psilocybin, Amanita Muscaria, or other psychedelic mushrooms. This is for educational purposes only due to increased interest in their mental and physical health benefits. These drugs are definitely not without negative side effects. Psilocybin is also currently regulated as a Schedule 1 drug, and there are severe legal penalties for possession.
1. Psilocybin Isn’t the Only Psychedelic Mushroom
When you say “magic mushroom,” most people think of Psilocybin. Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic compound found in more than 75 species of mushrooms throughout the world. Fresh or dried Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are eaten fresh, dried, or powdered into capsules. It can also be synthesized in a lab.
While Psilocybin is definitely the most common compound in psychedelic mushrooms, it’s not the only one. Another psychedelic compound is muscimol. The Amanita Muscaria mushrooms (the iconic red and white toadstool) are the most common source of muscimol. You probably know it as the mushroom emoji on your iPhone.
With both mushrooms, the dose, setting, and person are all variables that affect results. They take 20 minutes to 2 hours to take effect and the trip will last 3 to 6 hours.
Psychological effects include heightened sensory experiences and perceptual distortions (brighter colors, taste), hallucinations, altered perception of space and time, an inability to distinguish fantasy from reality, and more. Based on anecdotal evidence, Amanita Muscaria is said to often produce “darker” trips than “happier” Psilocybin.
2. Psychedelic Mushrooms Have Been Used for Thousands of Years
It’s been a long, strange trip. Cultures around the world have used Psilocybin and Amanita Muscaria for both healing and spiritual growth for a very long time.
In Northern Algeria, there are 7,000-9,000-year old cave paintings depicting mushrooms. In Central and South America, hallucinogenic mushrooms were considered god’s flesh, and therefore highly sacred. In Siberia, Amanita Muscaria was used by Shamen in specific rituals to communicate with a greater spirit and the dead.
While the long historical use of anything doesn’t mean it’s good for humans, it’s hard to argue that “magic mushrooms” would not have a special place with our ancestors.
3. Psilocybin Could Be a ‘Trip’ to Jail
In the US, the possession, sale, and transport of Psilocybin are illegal. It is a Schedule 1 drug. Possession is a misdemeanor punishable …read more
Source:: MAXIM – News