Psilocybin or magic mushrooms are naturally occurring and are consumed for their hallucinogenic effects. They belong to a group of drugs known as Psychedelics because of the changes experienced to perception, mood and thought. The key ingredient found in magic mushrooms is psilocybin. When psilocybin is taken, it is converted in the body to psilocin, which is the chemical with the psychoactive properties.
Magic mushrooms look much like ordinary mushrooms. There are many different types of magic mushrooms. The most common ones in Ireland are called Fly-Agaric/Amanita Muscaria and Liberty Caps. Magic mushrooms look similar to poisonous mushrooms that can cause a person to become very sick and can result in death. They can also come as dried material in capsules. Synthetic psilocybin appears as a white crystalline powder that can be processed into tablets or capsules or dissolved in water.
Can increase the chances of a bad trip and can also lead to panic.
Mushrooms should not be taken by people on psychiatric medications as a relapse or worsening of the condition could occur.
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.
The effects of taking Magic Mushrooms with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.