Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

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    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.

  • Common Names

    Shrooms

    Mushies

    Blue Meanies

    Golden Tops

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    How are they used?

    Magic mushrooms are eaten fresh, cooked or brewed into a tea. The dried version is sometimes smoked, mixed with cannabis or tobacco.

    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.


Amanita Muscaria
Liberty Cap


Side Effects of Shrooms

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Shrooms can affect everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the mushroom (varies depending on the type of mushroom)

    The effects of magic mushrooms usually begin in 30 minutes when eaten, or within 5–10 minutes when taken as a soup or tea and can last for approximately 4–6 hours.

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Shrooms can affect everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the mushroom (varies depending on the type of mushroom)

    The effects of magic mushrooms usually begin in 30 minutes when eaten, or within 5–10 minutes when taken as a soup or tea and can last for approximately 4–6 hours.

  • During this time, the person may experience:

    Euphoria and well-being

    Change in consciousness, mood, thought and perception (commonly called a trip)

    Dilation of pupils

    Perceptual changes, such as visual and auditory hallucinations

    Stomach discomfort and nausea

    Headaches

    Fast or irregular heartbeat

    Increased body temperature

    Breathing quickly

    Vomiting

    Facial flushes, sweating and chills

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    During this time, the person may experience:

    Euphoria and well-being

    Change in consciousness, mood, thought and perception (commonly called a trip)

    Dilation of pupils

    Perceptual changes, such as visual and auditory hallucinations

    Stomach discomfort and nausea

    Headaches

    Fast or irregular heartbeat

    Increased body temperature

    Breathing quickly

    Vomiting

    Facial flushes, sweating and chills

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    Long-term effects:

    Some people who regularly use magic mushrooms may experience flashbacks. A flashback is when a magic mushroom experience reoccurs, they are usually visual distortions that involve perceptual or emotional changes. Flashbacks can occur weeks, months or even years after the drug was last taken. This can be disturbing, especially if a frightening experience or hallucination is recalled. Flashbacks can be brought on by using other drugs, stress, tiredness or exercise and usually last for a minute or two.

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    Long-term effects:

    Some people who regularly use magic mushrooms may experience flashbacks. A flashback is when a magic mushroom experience reoccurs, they are usually visual distortions that involve perceptual or emotional changes. Flashbacks can occur weeks, months or even years after the drug was last taken. This can be disturbing, especially if a frightening experience or hallucination is recalled. Flashbacks can be brought on by using other drugs, stress, tiredness or exercise and usually last for a minute or two.

Shrooms Overdose

Mixing Shrooms with other drugs

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    Magic Mushrooms + Ice, Speed or Ecstasy

     

    Can increase the chances of a bad trip and can also lead to panic.

  • Magic Mushrooms + some psychiatric medications

     

    Mushrooms should not be taken by people on psychiatric medications as a relapse or worsening of the condition could occur.

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The effects of using Magic Mushrooms with other drugs – including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.