There are several varieties of magic mushrooms that are hallucinogenic and the most popular one is psilocybe semilaneata. Mushrooms are normally eaten raw, cooked, used in teas or dried for future use. These are a strong, naturally occurring hallucinogenic, small doses bring excitement und euphoria, but bigger doses bring hallucinogens.

The main type of magic mushrooms used is liberty cap psilocybe and the most potent variety is amanita muscaria. Psilocybin is the psychedelic chemical responsible for this effect and it is present in this mushrooms.

Psilocybin is rapidly dephosphorylated in the body to psilocin which then acts as a partial agonist at the 5-HT2A serotonin receptor in the brain. There it mimics the effects of serotonin (5-Hydroxy triptamine).

Psilocybin is absorbed in the mouth and stomach. 20 to 45 minutes after the ingestion the effects begin. The effects last from 2 to 6 hours depending on the variety, dose and metabolism. Typical recreational amount is 10 to 50 mg Psilocybin or roughly 2 to 2.5 g magic mushroom.

It has low toxicity, but you must remember always the different mushrooms in the species have different amount of the drug.

What are the effects of Magic Mushrooms?

In low doses the effects include:

• Excitement
• Euphoria
• Often pleasant, ecstatic and makes a deep sense of connections with others

In high doses the effects include:

• Intense spiritual experiences
• Hallucination – breathing walls, enhancement of colours and the animation of different shapes

What are the side effects of magic mushrooms?

The side effects include:

• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Dizziness
• Diarrhoea
• Stomach pains
• Confusion

Your good or bad trip is dependent of your mood, environment and persons there. Some report flashbacks also and so a safe place is always important because of panic attacks and confusion. It is very difficult to say about the doses, drug content of the mushrooms are not known exactly, moreover, your physical and mental health, tolerance levels and bodyweight play also a vital role here.

It is not good to use magic mushrooms with other drugs like alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, ecstasy, diazepam and LSD.

What are the street names of magic mushrooms?

They include:

• Shrooms
• Mushies
• Liberty
• Caps
• Magics
• Liberty cap
• Amani
• Fly agaric
• Agaric

Abuse of plants which contain drugs are as bad as synthetic drugs. Many accidents in the industries or traffic accidents are not only from alcohol but also from these drugs.