In the world of psychedelia, there is hardly a tool more revered than the magic mushroom; a type of naturally occurring mushroom that, when consumed in proper doses, can provide the user with psychedelic and hallucinogenic effects, commonly known as a “trip”.
There are several different types of psychedelic mushrooms, each one providing a bit of a different twist to the experience that user undergoes.
What Are Magic Mushrooms?
Psilocybin mushrooms, which are sometimes affectionately referred to simply as “shrooms”, are a big hit among folks who have used them at some point in their lives, whether they were attempting to trip to get something out of the experience or were just looking to try something new.
Most popular kinds of psychedelic mushrooms belong to the Psilocybe cubensis family.
These kinds of mushrooms can be found growing in many different parts of the world, most notably in the regions of Mexico, the southernmost part of the United States, as well as Central and South America. Psilocybin mushrooms can also be found growing in the wild in places such as India, Australia, parts of Asia, and Cuba.
Unlike the various types of fungi that are categorized as poisonous mushrooms, psilocybin mushrooms are perfectly safe to consume without fear of mushroom poisoning, with no known human toxicity. In fact, many folks who want to use shrooms for their hallucinogenic effects take them in larger doses in order to intensify the experience. In comparison to other psychedelic drugs, there has never been a recorded death directly attributed to magic mushrooms.
There are all kinds of different psychedelic mushrooms. In fact, there are over 60 different strains of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms. It is thought that the popularity of these types of magic mushrooms grew in popularity thanks to how simple it is to grow them indoors.
Despite being decriminalized in a few cities including Denver, Oakland and potentially even Washington, D.C., it is still very important to remember that psychedelic mushrooms are illegal in the United States at the federal level as they are listed as a Schedule I drug on the Controlled Substances list.
To use them legally, you will need to be a participant in a medical study that utilizes new types of psilocybin therapy. If you plan to use shrooms or any other psychoactive substances under any other circumstances, remember the legal risk and always be responsible.
What Are Magic Mushrooms Useful For?
Magic mushrooms are useful for different reasons to different people. No matter what they are used for, however, it is generally accepted that these hallucinogens have the ability to lead people to new experiences, and even allow folks to think about things in entirely different ways.
The deep introspective and psychedelic effects provided by magic mushrooms have allowed many users to realize new things about themselves or even kick bad habits.
For a majority of people who try or who regularly use psilocybin mushrooms, they are looking to achieve a trip, or a psychedelic experience that allows one to think about things in an entirely different light, often leading some to deep realizations or epiphanies about their lives or the world around them.
These experiences can also include visual and auditory distortions, which some users describe as seeing geometric patterns on the walls or even “closed eye visuals”, a scenario where visuals continue when the user closes their eyes. Many users will say that music also sounds much better or even takes on a life of its own when in this elevated state.
In recent years, these kinds of mushrooms have also begun to be studied for their potential uses in the medical field, particularly when it comes to mental health. Research led by Dr. Roland Griffiths at Johns Hopkins (hopkinspsychedelic.org), along with other research organizations, has been done in controlled environments using psilocybin therapy, where a patient sits with a licensed therapist accompanied by a specific dose of magic mushrooms, allowing them to discuss their feelings with the therapist in a new light.
The results of these studies and others suggest that magic mushrooms could potentially help folks who suffer with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (also known as PTSD), and other disorders. Mushrooms have also been used with terminally ill patients to help them come to terms with their condition, allowing some to find peace with their fate.
As you can surely see, hallucinogenic mushrooms can come in handy for all kinds of people, and can often prove to be a force for good in the lives of those who use it, whether recreationally or for medical studies. With luck, the positive effects and potential use of psilocybin will continue to be explored by researchers for years to come and yield even more information on how they can help people.
The Different Types of Psychedelic Mushrooms
There are a dizzying number of strains of psychedelic mushrooms, with new kinds being bred through the decades. The kind you get depends largely on what is popular in the area.
If you are choosing to grow for yourself, you will be able to select the kinds of spores you would like from the supplier of your choice, giving you the ability to make a more informed decision on the species of mushroom you end up with.
So, what are some of the more popular kinds of magic mushrooms?
- Liberty Caps – Psilocybe semilanceata
Liberty Caps are one of the most popular and readily available types of hallucinogenic mushrooms, being the type that occurs the most out in the wild.
Not only are these mushrooms growing all over the world and arguably one of the easiest to get your hands on, they are also some of the most potent in terms of their effects, making many psilocybin mushroom enthusiasts specifically seek them out for their stronger psychedelic effects.
- Flying Saucers – Psilocybe azurescens
Flying Saucer mushrooms, commonly known as Azzies in the psychedelic community, are the strongest type of magic mushroom that can be found growing out in the wild.
They are normally only able to be found naturally growing on the United States’ West Coast, coming up in areas like Washington, California, and Oregon. This is because these kinds of magic mushrooms thrive in warmer temperatures, preferably in the range of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Their preference for growing in this temperature range also makes them quite easy to grow inside.
Fun fact: These kinds of mushrooms get their name from their highly unique shape, looking eerily like an alien UFO. This unique shape also makes them simpler to identify out in the wild.
- Wavy Caps – Psilocybe cyanescens
Originating in the central regions of Europe, this species of magic mushroom has carved out a name for itself in the global psychedelic community. This is because of the fact that Wavy Caps are very potent, so users won’t have to take too many of them to enjoy the effects.
Not only are they revered for their high potency, but they are also easy to find these days. It is thought that, due to Wavy Caps’ preference for woody areas, including mulch and chips of wood, these mushrooms have spread around the world through the global distribution of gardening supplies.
- Teonanacatl – Psilocybe mexicana
Like its name implies, this kind of magic mushroom is native to Mexico where it still grows in the wild. Its name, Teonanacatl, means “flesh of the gods”, and the shroom was used in Aztec ceremonies.
These mushrooms are smaller, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they are going to pack any less of a punch. Teonanacatl are quite the potent type of Psilocybe mushrooms, and it shouldn’t take too much of it to have users feeling its powerful effects.
Various Ways to Take Them
One of the other great things about the different types of psychedelic mushrooms is the wide array of ways you can take them. You’re not limited to a single way of taking your mushrooms, and can get creative with how you would like to dose.
Those new to magic mushrooms should keep in mind that it would probably be a good idea to start off with a lower dose until you are more experienced. This way, you can get an idea for the effects of psilocybin mushrooms and how your body reacts to them without the experience being overwhelming.
It is possible that users could experience certain side effects at higher dosages of psychedelic mushrooms, including nausea, increased heart rate, or even a bad trip.
A bad trip is a psychedelic experience that goes the wrong way for the user, often making them think about negative things or to contemplate darker themes. These experiences can be enough to put many people off of using psychedelic drugs ever again, with some folks even experiencing flashbacks to a bad trip long after the experience is over.
Hallucinogens also have the potential to open the door for psychosis and other psychological illnesses in people who are predisposed to them. So carefully consider your own history of mental health before committing to taking any psychedelic drugs.
Bad trips and other psychological effects are a risk when taking any kind of psychedelic drugs, including LSD, peyote, mescaline, fly agaric, DMT, and more. So if you plan to take shrooms or any other hallucinogenic substance, always remember to respect them and never take more than you think you can handle, especially if it is your first time.
With all of that in mind, take a look at some of the main ways you can go about the ingestion of your shrooms.
The Simplest Method: Eat Them
By far the easiest way one can take magic mushrooms is to simply eat them. Psychedelic mushrooms are mostly tasteless (though certain kinds may have a bit of an earthy taste), but it won’t hurt to have something to drink nearby in case you need to wash them down with something.
While this might be a non-issue for the majority of folks, some people might not like the texture if they choose to take their mushrooms this way. When trying magic mushrooms for the first time, if you find that you are not the biggest fan of the way they feel in your mouth, you can always add something tasty into the mix, like Skittles. You can get creative with this.
Brew Them Up
Another popular way many folks choose to take their magic mushrooms is to brew them up into a shroom tea. If you’re not a big fan of the taste or texture of shrooms and would prefer to sip them in a tasty tea, this method will probably be the best choice for you to try your mushrooms.
There are actually several ways one can go about doing this, using things you might already have ready to go in the kitchen. If not, you can easily find all of the required items at any grocery store. For those interested, here are two simple and popular methods that you can use to make a hallucinogenic tea of your own:
- The hot water method: Using this method of shroom tea preparation, psilocybin is extracted using hot water.
- The lemon juice method: Here the psilocybin from the mushrooms is extracted using lemon juice. This is a popular method due to the belief that extractions made from lemon juice can actually strengthen the effects of the psilocybin, which is likely due to the fact that lemon juice and similar acids are capable of converting the psilocybin compound into psilocin. Psilocin is actually the compound that provides users with psychedelic effects.
Grow Your Own
Thanks to their relatively low need for maintenance and quick grow time, it is simple for most interested folks to grow their own Psilocybe mushrooms. With enough shopping around online, it is relatively simple to find a mushroom grow kit that can you can have delivered right to your home, giving you everything you need to get started with growing your very own magic mushrooms.
Microdosing has become a popular method of ingestion for all manners of psychedelic drugs, not just magic mushrooms. This is a technique used by folks who want to use psychedelics to help them become more productive, less anxious, and more clear-headed when they have something they would like to focus on.
When microdosing, there are no “trippy” effects, as the dosage is extremely low. People who microdose will measure out a small enough dose to take where they can safely go about their day, while still enjoying some benefits of their substance of choice.
Microdosing has become a popular practice in places like Silicon Valley, where programmers and many creative types tend to microdose in order to better focus on the task at hand with a clear mind and less anxiety, thanks to a boost of serotonin to help out in their day.
One form that folks can sometimes find magic mushrooms is in capsules with a predetermined dosage of psilocybin has been measured out in powdered form. Depending on the dosage desired, the user would be able to take one or more capsules to achieve results.
To make capsules of your own, simply grind some magic mushrooms into powder, measure them out in the dosage you would like for each one, and insert them into empty capsules. When you decide you would like to take them, it will be as easy as swallowing a pill, with no worrying about having to eat the shrooms or set aside time to make a tea.
This is definitely one of the simpler and more convenient ways to dose.
Magic Mushrooms and You
As you can see, there are all kinds of various types of psychedelic mushrooms out there, and so many ways you could go about taking them if you would like to give the psychedelic trip a shot for yourself. Whether it is something you have always wanted to try, or if you want to get something out of the experience, or even if you are taking part in a medical study, you will be able to potentially experience some of the positive effects for yourself and see just what the rage is about.
If you feel so inclined, you could also use some cannabis to accompany your trip, which many users claim makes the experience even more pleasurable.
Do whatever makes you comfortable during your psychedelic experience, as long as you always remember to stay safe, never take any kind of psychedelic substance and drive (this poses a serious hazard and the possibility of a DOI), and always be responsible in the amount you take.
If it is your first time trying magic mushrooms, always make sure you remember to start off with a small dose so you can get a feel for it. If you like how you feel, you can always increase your dosage for stronger effects. With time, you might just find that the psychedelic experience could be something that helps you come to new realizations and see things in new ways, hopefully even leading you into healthier ways of living or more positive ways of thinking.