Mushrooms

Mushrooms in hand

Defining Mushrooms

Mushrooms (also known as shrooms, magic mushrooms, caps, or boomers) are natural and generally non-poisonous fungi known for their psychedelic properties. Its active ingredient is psilocybin, which users take to hallucinate as well as enhance or distort particular experiences. These hallucinations blur the difference between reality and fantasy. It disrupt the natural processing of serotonin and nerve cells throughout the brain and spinal cord, thus causing the mind to become susceptible to the drug’s effects.

Mushrooms are dark-brown and bitter tasting. They can be ingested orally, yet some people choose to mask the bitter taste by brewing them in tea or sprinkling them in food. A “good” trip would be enhancing an already positive experience, a “bad” trip enhancing a horrifying experience or a nightmare. People must always take caution whenever using any sort of hallucinogens. It is important to understand that it is possible to have different visual hallucinations, or “trips”, while on mushrooms.

Its effects begin to take place anywhere between twenty minutes to an hour after ingestion. Common reactions are euphoria and excitement as well as feeling that the brightness, color, and sound of surroundings have been altered. While its psychedelic effects are similar to those of LSD, the effects of mushrooms are shorter-lasting. It should be avoided like other recreational drugs like Khat, Marijuana, Inhalants and Heroin.

Side Effects of Mushrooms

Short-Term

  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares

Long-Term

  • Experiencing flashbacks between trips
  • Mental re-creation of a previous trip
  • Dependency and craving

Addiction and Overdose

Because mushrooms are mind-altering drugs that play on psychology, it is easy to become compelled by the warped universe that they may create. During a bad “trip”, mushrooms can have serious psychological effects. While there are no serious long-term effects or serious physical health risks to non-poisonous mushrooms, it is possible to develop an addiction and dependency as well as lasting psychological effects. If you or a loved one has this addiction, it is important to note if they cause the following signs:

  • Nightmares
  • Panic attacks
  • Recurrent negative reactions
  • If mushrooms are taken as a form of escape

Treatment

The right drug rehabilitation facility can help treat the addiction. Trained professionals can help people understand that mushrooms are not necessary for positive enhancement of feelings or experiences. It is equally as important to note that hallucinations may not be real experiences, and people should be able to tell the difference between reality and fantasy, especially when off the drug trip.

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