Psilocybin 101 (Magic Mushrooms)

Posted by Jason Robillard on Jul 23rd 2022

Psilocybin 101 (Magic Mushrooms)

For centuries, people have preferred a natural remedy to achieve a mind high to fulfill their spiritual and medicinal needs. Among the substances consumed, Cannabis and Psilocybin (also called Magic Mushrooms) are one of the most used natural remedies. Consuming these treats induces a high state of mind and helps a person feel more relaxed, courtesy of the therapeutic effects these substances offer.

Today’s round-up focuses on Magic Mushrooms and how it influences the human mind and body upon consumption.

What are Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin)?

Magic Mushrooms belong to a particular class of mushrooms that contains psilocybin, a psychoactive substance that can induce a mind high and hallucinations. For many years, these Magic mushrooms have been used by enthusiasts to reap the compound’s health benefits.

Moreover, consuming Magic Mushrooms can induce a mind high with solid hallucination. Such effects can only be experienced when a person has consumed a slightly high dose of these Magic Mushrooms. Similarly, these sorts of mushrooms can be consumed with food and beverages and can also be smoked alongside tobacco or Cannabis strains.

Considering most mushrooms grow in the wild and are similar in appearance, it is imperative to keep an eye out since there are poisonous mushrooms that can prove deadly if consumed. Moreover, Magic Mushrooms are federally illegal in the country and marked as a Schedule I controlled drug due to their abuse potential.

Over the past couple of years, there’s a positive sentiment toward the substance as Denver became one of the first cities to decriminalize the use of Magic Mushrooms. While more research and regulation are required to understand the substance and its medicinal benefits, undercover sales are already occurring, with enthusiasts spending chunks of money on getting their hands on the product from the black market.

Benefits of Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms are used for medicinal purposes, and while the FDA does not regulate the substance, there are not many scientifically proven benefits. However, through personal experience and a few peer-reviewed studies, Magic Mushrooms are presumed to have many excellent mental benefits, including the potential for treating anxiety and depression.

Similarly, a peer-reviewed study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information reveals that psilocybin can be vital in treating alcohol addiction. Remember that psilocybin itself, unlike other psychoactive substances, is not addictive.

Medical experts also believe that headaches and migraines could be treated using Magic Mushrooms through micro-dosing. While consuming Magic Mushrooms in abundant quantities could induce a mind high and a feeling of euphoria, consuming small amounts could help a person with headaches without offering the mind high.

Psilocybin is a complicated compound, and more research is needed for a better understanding of the substance.

Risks of Consuming Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms are listed as a Schedule 1 drug because there’s a high possibility of substance abuse which can cause serious health issues. While the substance isn’t addictive as most Schedule 1 drugs, it can be consumed in the wrong context, and it also causes judgment impairment which could lead to undesired consequences.

Moreover, recognizing Magic Mushrooms can be a difficult task since there’s a variety of mushroom classes that look almost the same. Among them, a poisonous class of mushrooms also exists. If a person accidentally consumes it, the aftermath could pose serious health concerns, including damaged liver which could eventually lead to death.

Similarly, Psilocybin can also damage the mind, which could lead to serious mental health concerns down the line. While there are no known long-term adverse effects of the substance, medical specialists advise people to keep their distance from it.

Moving on, for first-timers, using Magic Mushrooms could also cause food poisoning and lead to hospitalization for a couple of days.

Lastly, Magic Mushrooms aren’t federally legal, and there’s a strong precedent against Schedule 1 drugs. If a person is found with Magic mushrooms on them, they could be charged by the prosecutors, and repeat offenders could also face jail time.