Hallucinations can be also caused by mushrooms? Certainly, a type called Psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as “magic” mushrooms can actually cause hallucinations, playing with mood, behavior and perception change, taking you to a whole new world of dreams and imaginations, a state known as “tripping”.
Classified over 100 species in the genus type Psilocybe, its other names are shrooms, psychedelic mushrooms, mushies or psychotropic mushrooms. The kind contains psychedelic compounds: psilocybin and psilocin, ranging from 0.2 to 0.4% psilocybin in a single mushroom on an average, making it an amazingly inexpensive bargain for recreational psychotropic drugs.
And interestingly, mushrooms are not a plant, it’s actually a fungus. Yes, growing in decaying plant atmosphere, it’s used extensively to flavor food and to add an earthy texture to the base of especially Italian or Spanish food, for example pizza. Learn about its magic below:
- This species can be used as an entheogen, a chemical substance used for religious or spiritual context for arousing the divine within. Many practices like yoga, chanting, art, meditation, witchcraft and magic are examples where it can be used as an entheogen element.
- Magic mushrooms are also used in traditional medicine still in some places around the world. It’s majorly used in Psychonautics, a study on altered states of consciousness, to discover the auxiliary experiences of one-within.
- It’s also used worldwide to create a state of Euphoria, of unbound happiness, to get off depressions. With altered thinking processes, it takes you to a world of closed and open-eye visuals, creating an aura almost close to synesthesia.
- They are also used primarily in Central America for various religious ceremonies. Very close to LSD effect, it takes you to a world which doesn’t exist. You see things in new colors, patterns, texture which actually is just your distorted imagination; you are idyllically linked to a power which is stronger than the world. Even senses of time and movement can speed up or slow down.
- Consuming magic mushrooms can take you to a state of nausea and dizziness. Other health problems are weakness and stomach issues like diarrhoea which are very common to face after you are out of the effect. In long duration, you can also see loss of appetite.
- They have not been proved addictive, however, they build tolerance level rapidly, and therefore if a person takes dose of it frequently, the effect will be felt to lessen down with days.
- It has very rare chances of giving death risks. However, this also doesn’t imply that they don’t have any death risks. There are certain varieties which are a poisonous breed, like the type “fly agaric”, which has been actually proved to have elements which can kill you. Therefore, don’t eat species you are not too sure about.
- Interestingly, the elements in it also put forward a case of cross-tolerance where if you trip it with other drugs like LSD, taking one drugs can help your body build tolerance for the other.
- In several studies, it has been also pointed that people with mental weakness or illness, show a sign of symptoms aggravation or making their situations worse with the use of several types of mushrooms including magic mushrooms.
- Out of several mushroom biological genus containing psilocybin elements, most famous types are Psilocybe, Galerina, Inocybe, Mycena, Pholiotina and Copelandia. However, there are many more variants.
Laws on ‘Magic mushrooms’:
The 2005 Drugs Act amended the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to state that magic mushrooms, in any form (e.g. dried or stewed), containing psilocin or psilocybin are characterized as Class A drugs and to have it or to sell/give it is an punishable offence and a serious crime. The victim can get upto 7 years of imprisonment or/with an unlimited fine.