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Everything you should know about magic mushroom
Magic mushrooms are those mushrooms that contain psilocybin. Psilocybin is a psychoactive component that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms. According to SAMHSA, the psilocybin is a hallucinogenic compound and is a psychedelic. Psychedelics are those compounds that have powerful influence over the cognitive process of human brain. Sometimes the magic mushrooms are called psilocybin mushroom.
In this article, I explain you what are magic mushroom, its side effects, benefits, usage, consumption, and lots more.
What are magic mushrooms?
Magic mushrooms are brown colored mushrooms with psilocybin.
Are magic mushrooms wild or cultivated?
Wild mushrooms are those mushrooms that grow in forest. Some of the wild mushrooms can be poisonous. The cultivated mushrooms are those mushrooms that are selectively grown by humans. These mushrooms are not poisonous. The magic mushroom is both wild and cultivated. All the wild and cultivated mushrooms that contain psilocybin are magic mushrooms.
Psilocybin is a schedule I drug. It means the potential of its misuse is very high. The drug is not allowed to be used in the USA for treatment. The magic mushroom is popular for psilocybin. The compound was first isolated in 1958. It was discovered by Dr Albert Hofmann.
What are the side effects of consuming magic mushrooms?
As the magic mushroom consists of hallucinogenic compounds, consuming magic mushrooms has certain side effects. The side effects are nausea, feeling relaxed, yawning, introspective experience, paranoia, hallucinations, paranoia, psychosis, feeling drowsy, panic, nervousness, feeling relaxed, etc.
How to recognize magic mushrooms?
The magic mushrooms looks like ordinary mushroom. The stems are long and slender and are grey in color. Their caps are brown in color with a white circle in the centre. The young mushrooms have light brown caps. As the mushrooms begin to grow old, they turn to the darker shades of brown. The dried magic mushrooms are rusty brown in color.
How are magic mushrooms consumed?
People generally mix these mushrooms with their regular meal. It can also be brewed like a tea. Also, people eat the magic mushroom by mixing it with tobacco or cannabis. Some people consume the mushroom in its liquid form. The psilocybin in the mushroom is the major component and is responsible for the hallucinogenic characteristics of the mushroom. The psilocybin is segregated from the mushroom and sold in vials. This is a very high concentrated form of the mushroom. And for this reason, it should be consumed in drops. The psilocybin liquid is brown in color.
Why are magic mushrooms hallucinogenic?
The magic mushrooms are hallucinogenic because of psilocybin. The psilocybin is a psychedelic prodrug. When you consume the mushroom, the psilocybin converts the mushroom to psilocin. The psilocin changes the serotonin levels in the brain. This leads to hallucinations. It takes an hour for the hallucinations to begin and can last for six hours.
The magic mushrooms can make you hear, see and feel things that are unreal. They are unreal sensory experiences. The magic mushrooms can affect all the five senses of humans. However, these effects are variable and are influenced by environment factors.
There are number of factors that determine the effects of consuming magic mushroom. This includes age of the person consuming the magic mushroom, his weight, dosage, personality, environment, emotional state of the person, personality, mental illness, etc.
Traditional use of magic mushrooms
The psilocybin mushroom has been used in spiritual and medicinal purposes since ages. The mushroom has been used for a very long time by the indigenous people of Europe and America. They used the mushroom for self discovery and spiritual experiences. Also, they considered the mushroom to be sacred.
Potential Benefits of magic mushrooms
There are several benefits of magic mushroom, especially in the field of medicine. For its medicinal benefits, several researchers want to reclassify the mushroom from Schedule I drug to Schedule IV.
The psilocybin in the mushroom is very effective in treating alcohol addictions, depression and nicotine addictions. Also, these mushrooms are very effective in relieving distress. Researchers believe that the mushroom is very effective in treating Alzheimer’s, opiod addiction, anorexia nervosa, post traumatic stress disorder and lyme disease syndrome.
Studies claim that people taking magic mushroom in small dosage can relieve from headache. However, you should always consult a doctor before taking psilocybin mushroom. This is because it is essential you consume these mushrooms at right quantities. Unregulated intake of these mushrooms may lead to serious health hazards.
Are magic mushrooms legal?
Different states in the US have different laws in using magic mushrooms. For instance, Oregon in 2020 legalized psilocybin therapy and thereby became the first state to allow the mushroom for medical use. In 2019, Denver decriminalized the mushrooms. It was followed by Oakland.
The magic mushrooms are widely used in psilocybin therapy.
What psilocybin therapy?
During a psilocybin therapy session, the patient ingests magic mushroom. The practitioner then takes the patient to a psychedelic journey. The session is conducted in safe and controlled environment. Also, the dosage used is very minimal. Therefore, the chances of the patients going high are less. It is a talk therapy. Usually the session is conductedfor6 to 8 hours. During the session, the practitioner tries to reduce the stress level of the patients. Also, he tries to remove emotional obstacles. It is believed that the psilocybin therapy is quicker. It helps to avoid the long term therapies where you spend months and years to overcome your issues. The Hopkins is conducted a deep research on the therapy. This therapy is best for people who refract conventional therapies.
A single dose of psilocybin reduced the anxiety and depression in cancer patients.
Hope my article on magic mushroom was useful and informative!