How do Magic Shrooms Work?
Magic mushroom is only considered a “shroom” if it contains the psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin. These substances have hallucinogenic effects and are produced by hundreds of species of fungus. Many species of the Psilocybe family, such for example the Psilocybe Cubensis and the Psilocybe Mexicana are particularly well-known.
Psilocybin is directly converted into psilocin when ingesting, which subsequently affects the serotonin receptors in our brain. As a result, the brain starts responding as if there’s a lot of serotonin present. Serotonin regulates our behavior and mood and has control over many other activities in the brain, such as the creation of dopamine and endorphin. You can read more about the effects of psilocybin and psilocin on the brain in our blogs.
Also, Psilocybin and psilocin are absorbed by the mucous membranes of the mouth and the stomach, which means that for the best and fastest results, you must chew the shrooms well. The effects start after 15 to 60 minutes, also depending on the type of shrooms or magic mushrooms that have been ingested, the quantity ingested, and your metabolism.
In the initial phase, your body starts to feel a little heavier, your pupils become larger and light, and sound becomes more intense. These feelings increase in intensity, making it feel as if you’re diving into a rabbit hole or you are on a rollercoaster going through a tunnel in which you are shown all varieties of images, colours and patterns.
This is a good moment to lie down and surrender to the trip. Colors and sounds around you become even more intense. If you close your eyes, you see the patterns characteristic of Persian carpets and stained glass windows, only this time with color combinations that you’ve never seen before.
If you truly go deep into yourself, you sink into a different state of consciousness. The world turns inside and the moment arrives that you see as much with your eyes closed as with your eyes open. You enter a world with doors, rooms, and patterns that you could recognize from a church or temple in Mexico, Egypt, or Greece. Halls and doors, gates and stairs, jungles, mountains, other planets, carnival, strange faces; the flight from one color and atmosphere into another.
After the peak is over, the impressions are less overwhelming and the speed slows down. It becomes more like a jet stream that you can enter and drift off into other blasting experiences. At this point, your heart has entered a level of profound gratefulness, love, and peace. Enjoying music can be very nice here. The touch of a loved one might also feel more than amazing.
If you are unable to surrender to the trip and try to remain in control, this could result in a negative experience fro the shroom.