Psilocybin mushrooms are a group of fungi that are either grown naturally or cultivated and referred to most commonly as “magic mushrooms” because of their psychedelic effects. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, magic mushrooms are one of the most frequently abused Schedule I hallucinogenic drugs.
When a drug is classified as Schedule I (one) it means that it is both habit-forming and has no acceptable medical use, making it illicit. Magic mushrooms are dried out and consumed orally, usually eaten whole or made into a tea. It is commonly believed that hallucinogenic drugs aren’t habit-forming, because they are rarely taken repeatedly.
Those who take magic mushrooms, for example, will usually plan their “trip”, and take the drugs in a social setting. However, hallucinogenic drugs can be addictive; not necessarily physically addictive, but psychologically addictive. This is especially true for those who are suffering from an undiagnosed mental health disorder. Using magic mushrooms might temporarily alleviate symptoms of underlying disorders, causing users to seek more of the drug and use it repeatedly.
Psilocybin Psychedelic Effects
There are certain effects commonly associated with psilocybin mushrooms usage, including deeply introspective experiences, minor hallucinations (depending on the amount used), nausea and vomiting, feelings of nervousness and paranoia, or yawning and feelings of drowsiness. Magic mushrooms are psychedelic, meaning that they cause the user to feel things they wouldn’t otherwise feel and see or hear things that aren’t there.
While hallucinations are common, the amount is taken and the environment in which the drugs are taken will heavily influence the effects. Magic mushrooms are generally associated with spiritual awakenings and powerful journeys of self-discovery, which is the case with most psychedelics (LSD, mescaline, peyote, etc). The effects of the drug take between 30 and 45 minutes to begin and last an average of 5-6 hours.
Psilocybin Mushrooms Abuse
Those that take mushrooms expect to experience an eye-opening high – however, depending on a person’s mental state and surroundings, experiencing a “bad trip” is likely. Several factors contribute to the psychological effects of the drug, including the amount taken, the weight of the user, whether the user is male or female (drugs affect genders differently), personality, current emotional state, underlying mental illness, and level of comfort in the current setting.
For example, an underweight female that takes mushrooms in an unfamiliar environment is more likely to have an adverse experience than an overweight male who is taking mushrooms with his best friend in the comfort of his living room. Still, adverse effects are common, and taking hallucinogenic drugs of any kind is never advised.
Legality – Are Magical Mushrooms Illegal?
Psilocybin mushrooms are a Schedule I drug (as previously mentioned), meaning that obtaining the drug, having the drug and using the drug are all criminal offenses. While Oregon is currently fighting to make the drug legal for medical purposes, it currently has no acknowledged medical use. Those that experiment with the drug typically does so planning on having one experience and leaving it at that.
The truth is, however, that magic mushrooms can be psychologically addictive. Those who use magic mushrooms for more than three days in a row are liable to build tolerance extremely quickly, meaning that a greater amount of the substance is required to produce the same high. Continuing to take greater amounts of the substance increases the risk of serious health issues and lasting psychological problems.
If you or someone you know has been abusing magic mushrooms or has been taking any hallucinogenic drug regularly, seeking professional help is necessary. We at Garden State Treatment Center can help with any information you want on our program of drug abuse or addiction recovery, please reach out today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon.