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The mushroom effect is described as a "trip" because it is a long (4-6 hours) and powerful experience which takes you beyond normal perception and then back again. The active ingredient that causes this effect is called psilocybin. The mushrooms can be eaten raw or used to make tea.
At low doses, mushrooms induce a tingling body feeling and sense of euphoria and lightness. You may feel happy and giggly. Colors seem more vibrant, music sounds richer.
Simply put, it alters and expands consciousness by loosening or -- at higher doses- completely erasing the normal filters and screens between your conscious mind and the outside world.
With these filters down, more information rushes in and you become aware of things normally filtered out by your mind. You sense more, think more, feel more -- visual, auditory, sensory, emotional -- the intricate details on surfaces, the richness of sound, the brightness of colors, and the complexity of your own mental processes.
Starting the Magic Mushroom Trip
The effects begin to be felt between 20 minutes to an hour after ingestion. The first signs are a sense of euphoria and expectation, along with a tingling body feeling.
Once started, the effects usually take between 30-45 minutes to 'come up' and reach their peak.
It is common to feel some nausea during this stage. It can be reduced by having an empty stomach.
Getting to the Peak of the Mushroom Ride
The peak effect lasts for one to two hours. A clear symptom is rich visual hallucinations, just like with LSD. Colors seem more vibrant. Surfaces may ripple and shimmer. You may notice tiny details on objects. Music sounds richer and louder.
At the same time, you may feel blissful, have flashes of insight into yourself or the world, experience severe time-distortion, or feel yourself dissolving or see objects merging into one another.
Bad Trips on Shrooms
A good trip on magic mushrooms can give you a more "natural" experience than dropping acid does. It can put you in a dreamlike state that is very enjoyable for the hours that the trip lasts. The colors can appear so vivid and inviting that you may feel as if you can almost taste them, as well as feel them. Some users describe an experience that is so intense that they can smell words.
The flip side to having a good trip on shrooms is having a bad one. Instead of an enjoyable, peaceful experience, you will be spending several hours in a world that is similar to your worst nightmare. The difference between a bad trip and a bad dream is that you can't wake up from a bad trip. You are stuck in the experience until it runs its course and the effects of the mushrooms wear off.
The hallucinations that go with a bad trip can be absolutely terrifying. As a result of spending several hours with the disturbing images, a user can feel anxious and afraid. In more extreme cases, paranoia results. One explanation for a bad trip could be that the user's emotional state when he or she ingested the mushrooms is intensified during the trip. Being upset or in a negative emotional state may set the stage for a similar experience while being high on shrooms.
Physical Side Effects of Psychedelic Mushrooms
If you decide that you want to experiment with using psychedelic mushrooms, be prepared for stomach problems like cramping, nausea and vomiting. Some users get diarrhea after taking shrooms. This shouldn't be entirely surprising, given the fact that you are ingesting fungi.
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