Street Drug Review:
What are Magic Mushrooms?
Psilocybin is a hallucinogen and the principal psychoactive, or “mind-altering,” component of a certain species of mushrooms known as “magic mushrooms.” “Magic mushrooms” may be sold on the street as dried whole mushrooms, or as a brown powdered material. Psilocybin can also be made in illegal labs and sold on the street as a white powder, in tablets, or in capsules. Manufactured psilocybin is less safe than the naturally occurring kind. Magic mushrooms are often eaten raw or cooked. They may be steeped in hot water to make a mushroom “tea” or mixed with fruit juice to make a drink sometimes called “fungus delight.” Less often, the powdered mushrooms or psilocybin may be snorted or injected. (1) They have never been shown to cause lethal overdose or addiction, although when combined with other types of drugs the consequences can be unpredictable.
Random Fact: Magic Mushrooms are being researched for their ability to help treat those suffering PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
Effects of taking Magic Mushrooms?
- dilated pupils (causes blurred vision)
- nausea and vomiting
- dry mouth
- numbness, particularly facial numbness (paresthesia)
- exaggerated reflexes
- sweating and increased body temperature followed by chills and shivering
- muscle weakness and twitching
- increased blood pressure and heart rate
- confusion and disorientation
- severe agitation
- loss of coordination
- loss of urinary control
- Psychosis. Some people have developed prolonged psychosis resembling paranoid schizophrenia. Psychosis is a mental disorder that affects the personality and is characterized by a loss of touch with reality. (2)
Now to the tune of safe injection sites and legalizing marijuana….I’m not endorsing drug use, but I’d rather you be smart about doing them.
The Safer Way to do Shrooms
1. Tell a sober person you trust when and where you intend to take the drug
2. Do not slam the whole bag in five minutes the first time you try them (they take time to kick in)
3. Take less than 1 gram to start and wait up to 90 minutes before taking more to “intensify” the experience
3. Purchase them from someone you trust (?)
4. Just so you know, they are often grown in manure- aka- animal poop
5. Stay away from operating motorized vehicles, especially if you don’t wear a helmet/seatbelt (t’s illegal and really, really stupid)
6. Have a “plan” in case of a bad trip
7. Talk to someone who has done them before to prepare for the experience
8. Do them in a familiar environment
9. Don’t eat unfamiliar mushrooms in the woods just because they look similar….then again, go for it- I’m a supporter of Darwinism
10. Take them with someone who has done them before
11. Do them in a relaxed environment. Busy places (noisy, crowded) can cause information overload and lead to a bad trip
12. Don’t take them if you are in a bad mood
13. Don’t take them if you are on other mood altering drugs (anti-phsychotics, antidepressants, anti-convulsants, etc)
Want to read more?
- A Magic Mushroom… Magical for your body-health that is! (kissthecookontv.wordpress.com)
- What Are Psychedelic Mushrooms (narcononreviews.wordpress.com)
- After Medical Marijuana, Medical Psilocybin? (dish.andrewsullivan.com)
- Psychedelic Mushrooms Could Help Treat PTSD (animalnewyork.com)
- Rocky Mountain High: Magic Mushrooms Prompts Rescue of Naked Female Student (thecollegefix.com)
- Psychedelic Drug Use in United States as Common Now as in 1960s Generation (medicaldaily.com)
- Ottawa proposes stiffer requirements for keeping safe injection sites open (ctvnews.ca)