How to Consume Psychedelic Mushrooms
Mushrooms are typically ingested in their whole form, but ask anyone who’s ever tried mushrooms and they’ll probably tell you they taste horrible. You can mask the bitter taste by putting them on top of peanut butter toast, or adding them to just about any food. You can read more about how to consume psychedelic shrooms on our consumption page
What to Expect
The effects after taking psilocybin mushrooms will depend on how much you consume, your environment, your current mental and emotional state, your experience with psychedelics, your metabolism, and other factors.
For the most part, you can expect a pleasant experience that will leave you feeling more positive, alert, and “awakened” than before your trip. Most trips last up to 6 or 7 hours, so make sure you’re in a comfortable setting and have enough time blocked out to enjoy the experience.
With a moderate dose of mushrooms – which is usually around .25 mg/kg of body weight of the actual psychoactive compounds-, you’ll notice more intense emotions start to kick in after about 30 minutes, which includes a more introspective state that can sometimes feel like you’re dreaming.
An hour or so after ingesting shrooms you’ll start to experience more perceptual changes such as halos around lights, kaleidoscope patterns when you close your eyes, and time distortion. You might notice trails following different movements, and your limbs will feel heavy – almost like your body is sleeping but you’re too distracted to worry about it.
Losing the Ego
An hour or two into it, your emotions and thoughts will change direction, and you’ll start to feel more open to new thoughts and ideas as your inhibition lowers. This newfound wonder will often bring in an intense sense of peace and connection to the world around you and the people in your life. The most mundane, everyday things will suddenly humor you.
This is the “spiritual awakening” part of the trip that’s been used in religious ceremonies and ancient rituals for thousands of years – the unique experience and feeling of connection was considered a “right of passage” in many cultures. It was considered a necessary part of fully seeing the world and its wonders.
Since the effects involve intense emotion, it’s also possible to have negative emotions that are forced out of suppression. If you do start to feel sad or overwhelmingly negative, stay grounded by reminding yourself that this is a temporary experience that will be done in a few hours, and lean into the detached element of the trip. This allows you to observe your emotions from a safer mental distance as they’re happening.
What is a “bad trip” and how can it be prevented?
You’ve probably heard of a “bad trip” from taking psychedelics, and it’s definitely possible to spend the whole trip feeling terrible. If you’ve recently experienced something emotionally intense, such as the death of a loved one or loss of a job, it’s possible that your fears, anxieties, and grief will consume your thoughts and make you feel worse.
On the flip side, psychedelics could also help you find clarity in your thoughts and emotions, or help paint a more positive picture of your future, which is why many people opt for psychedelics in these situations. It’s important to ensure you’re emotionally ready for a psychedelic experience before you do it, and that you have a comfortable, safe environment to explore and enjoy the effects.
Most bad trips happen because of your environment and surroundings as opposed to a “bad” or “negative” reaction to the mushrooms. Of course, it’s totally possible for you and shrooms to just do not get along, but most consumers will say that mindfully choosing their environment, activities, and the people they’re around is key to an experience that’s comfortable and feels good.
To ensure you don’t have a bad trip when you take mushrooms, make sure to do the following:
- Choose an environment you’re comfortable in, like your own house or that of a close friend
- Make sure you have somewhere comfortable to lie down if you feel nauseous
- Keep some calming or meditative activities available – a yoga mat, sketch pad, coloring books, Rubik’s cube, healthy snacks and water, and good music will always do you right.
- If you’re tripping with other people, make sure they’re people who make you feel safe and comfortable, especially if it’s your first time. You want to make sure you’re around people who will take care of you and talk you down if you get anxious or have a bad trip, not a random group who will leave or make fun of you.
Some Physical Effects of Mushrooms
Aside from the intense emotional effects of psychedelic shrooms, some physical effects might also arise. These can include, but are not limited to, the following:
Heart rate increase or decrease – This is especially likely if you’re having a bad trip or are nervous about it, which will elevate your heart rate and blood pressure.
Nausea – Especially in the first hour after ingesting your mushrooms. Nausea is fairly common, especially if you eat them with a large meal or it’s your first time. However, intense, persistent nausea is not a normal symptom. Bloody bowel movements and persistent vomiting are a common sign that you have not ingested a safe mushroom, and you should seek medical care.
Dilated pupils – As with other psychedelics like LSD, your pupils will be fully dilated while the psilocybin is in your system.
Lack of coordination – Your arms will feel heavy and you might need to lie down in order to stay comfortable, so cozy up with a blanket and enjoy the experience.
Restlessness – The problem with feeling heavy is that you might also feel restless, like you need to get up and do something but don’t know what to do. To keep any restlessness at bay, keep something around that’s low-stress yet stimulates your brain enough to distract you, like a sketchbook or Rubik’s cube.