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Psilocybin Mushrooms

November 27, 2012 by  
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Psilocybin Mushrooms

What are psilocybin mushrooms?

Psilocybin and psilocyn are the hallucinogenic principles contained in certain mushrooms. According to Wikipediat, psilocybin mushrooms are fungi that contain the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin.  These “magic” mushrooms are generally grown in Mexico and Central America and have been used in native rituals for thousands of years. Psilocybin is similar to serotonin, and produces its effects by disrupting normal functioning of the serotonin system.

Psilocybin mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by humans. Ancient paintings dating back to 5000 BC and relating to mushrooms have been found in Algeria. As early as 1000 – 500 BC, Central and South American peoples were carving stone mushrooms or statues depicting figures under the caps of mushrooms. The Mesoamerican culture of the Mixtec worshipped multiple deities and gods, one of whom, Piltzintecuhtli, was the god of natural hallucinogens including psilocybin mushrooms.

The street names of psilocybin mushrooms are caps, magic mushrooms, psychedelic mushrooms, mushrooms, shrooms. Psilocybin mushrooms look like exactly what they are, dried mushrooms and are usually eaten or brewed and drank as a tea.

Once ingested, psilocybin mushrooms generally causes feelings of nausea before the desired mental effects appear. The high from using psilocybin mushrooms is mild and may cause altered feelings and distorted perceptions of touch, sight, sound and taste. Other effects can include nervousness and paranoia. Effects can be different during each use due to varying potency, the amount ingested, and the user’s expectations, mood, surroundings, and frame of mind. On some trips, users experience sensations that are enjoyable. Others can include terrifying thoughts, and anxiety, fears of insanity, death, or losing control. There’s no way to tell if a particular use of psilocybin mushrooms will be a bad or good trip and there’s no way of going back other than waiting for the effects to wear off. As a hallucinogen, you’re not always aware and in complete control of what you do, which could cause you to do or get involved in dangerous situations.  Also, any mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety or paranoia, can be complicated by psilocybin mushroom use and can result in long term mental health problems.

The effects of psilocybin mushrooms come from psilocybin and psilocin. They create short-term increases in tolerance of users, thus making it difficult to abuse them because the more often they are taken within a short period of time, the weaker the effects are. Poisonous (sometimes lethal) wild picked mushrooms can be easily mistaken for psilocybin mushrooms. When psilocybin is ingested, it is broken down to produce psilocin, which is responsible for the psychedelic effects.

As with many psychedelic substances, the effects of psilocybin mushrooms are subjective and can vary considerably among individual users. The mind-altering effects of psilocybin mushrooms typically lasts anywhere from 3 to 8 hours depending on dosage, preparation method, and metabolism. However, the effects can seem to last much longer to the user because of psilocybin’s ability to alter time perception.

With psilocybin mushroom use, one can never be sure of what they are taking. The strength depends on the freshness, season and origin of the mushrooms so the amount of psychoactive chemical entering the body is difficult to predict.

 

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