Magic Shrooms is the collective name for all mushroom species that contain the psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin. These substances have hallucinogenic and psychoactive effects, and have been used by civilisations across the globe for centuries. They are also known as magic mushrooms.
Shrooms occur naturally in most places around the world, which means you can go look for them yourself. In most countries, the large-scale growing and trading of shrooms is not permitted, but because these mushrooms could naturally grow in your garden, growing them for personal use illegal is difficult.
In this article, I will provide some information regarding the effects of shrooms, an overview of different species of shrooms, and I will show how you yourself can search for or grow your own shrooms. Because this is an overview article, there are many links to other articles that contain background information. Make sure you also read those.
How do Magic Shrooms Work?
A mushroom is only considered a “shroom” if it contains the psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin. These substances have a hallucinogenic effect and are produced by hundreds of species of fungus. Many species of the Psilocybe family, such as the Psilocybe Cubensis and the Psilocybe Mexicana are particularly well-known.
Psilocybin is directly converted into psilocin upon ingesting, which subsequently affects the serotonin receptors in the brain. As a result, the brain starts responding as if there’s a lot of serotonin present. Serotonin regulates our behaviour and mood, and has an influence on many other activities in the brain, such as the creation of dopamine and endorphin. You can read more about the effects of psilocybin and psilocin on the brain in this article.
Psilocybin and psilocin are absorbed by the mucous membranes of the mouth and the stomach, which means that for the best and fastest results, you must chew the shrooms well. The effects start after 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the type of shrooms that have been ingested, the quantity ingested, and your metabolism.
In the initial phase, your body starts to feel a little heavier, your pupils become larger and light, and sound becomes more intense. These feelings increase in intensity, making it feel as if you’ve diving into a rabbit hole or are on a rollercoaster going through a tunnel in which you are shown all kinds of images, colours and patterns.
This is a good moment to lie down and surrender to the trip. Colours and sounds around you become even more intense. If you close your eyes, you see the patterns characteristic of Persian carpets and stained glass windows, only this time with colour combinations that you’ve never seen before.
If you truly go deep into yourself, you sink into a different state of consciousness. The world turns inside and the moment arrives that you see as much with your eyes closed as with your eyes open. You enter a world with doors, rooms and patterns that you could recognise from a church or temple in Mexico, Egypt or Greece. Halls and doors, gates and stairs, jungles, mountains, other planets, carnival, strange faces; the flight from one colour and atmosphere into another.
After the peak is over, the impressions are less overwhelming and the speed slows down. It becomes more like a jet stream that you can enter and drift off into other experiences. At this point, your heart has entered a level of profound gratefulness, love and peace. Enjoying music can be very nice here. The touch of a loved one might also feel more than amazing.
If you are unable to surrender to the trip and try to remain in control, this could result in a negative experience.