Magic mushrooms, shrooms, or fungi with the chemical psilocybin have been given a bad rap. When looking at the history of these fungi, you can see that they were, at some point, revered. Archaeologists have found rock art that originates as far back as 6,000 years ago, praising their effects. Most civilizations in Mesoamerica participated in psychedelic mushroom rituals. So what happened? Why are magic mushrooms regarded with fear, disdain, or a take-it-or-leave-it attitude by today’s society? That stems from the ’70s, the war on drugs, and the hippie counterculture. According to Peter McCoy and his treatise “Radical Mycology,” mycology, mushrooms, fungi, whatever you wish to label it, is a neglected and under-appreciated “mega-science” (McCoy, 19). According to McCoy, there are some things we can do to change that.
Education is the cornerstone of changing the reputation that mushrooms have received. We have to educate each other, our politicians, and our communities on the magic of magic mushrooms. We have to build new systems and dismantle old systems. We can do that with our votes.
What To Know About Magic Mushrooms
It is vital to dismantle people's common misconceptions about mushrooms, mycology in general, and the consumption of certain fungi. Psilocybin mushrooms may be scary to some, so let’s go over some of the effects that shrooms have on your body once you’ve ingested them.
When first consumed, psilocybin is broken down by the body, and the resulting compound that is left behind is called psilocin. This psilocin is the key to magic mushrooms’ psychedelic effects. It takes 30 minutes for this reaction to occur. And the first three hours are called the peak of the user experience.
Are Magic Mushrooms Addictive?
Absolutely not. The psychedelic effects of magic mushrooms are proven to be non-addictive by biologists and mycologists around the globe. If you consume magic mushrooms, there is a chance of overdose, but the overdose likely won’t be fatal. Some effects of an overdose include anxiety, delusional thinking, hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder, seizures, and coma. These, in most cases, are rare.
How Do I Avoid A Bad Trip On Magic Mushrooms?
Environment, environment, environment! When consuming magic mushrooms, it is essential to do so in an environment you feel safe and secure. Not your family basement. Instead, choose somewhere that you have free access to, away from hazards and away from toxic people. Yes, toxic people have an effect on your trip. Making sure you’re with someone you trust is another cornerstone of successful tripping.
Effects Of A Magic Mushroom Trip
There are sensory and emotional effects to taking magic mushrooms. Sensory means that there is a visual or auditory hallucination involved. Again, nothing to be scared of, as these shifts in perception usually involve enhancements and visual contrasting of colorful objects and even halos around light sources. Sometimes you can see objects ripple like a wave deep in the sea. As for sounds, music might sound better, and clarity might be heightened. Emotionally the effects of a good trip are hilarity, lack of concentration, and relaxation. A bad trip will lead to an anxious state. In the next section, we will talk about how to avoid that.
Set and Setting, The Right Place At The Right Time
The term set and setting can be traced back all the way to 1958, when it was first coined by a man named Ludwig Von Bertalanffy, an Austrian biologist. To the layman, set and setting is simple. You have to be in the right place at the right time. Set means you have to prepare for your trip. That means you need the correct mushrooms and the right professionals with you. Setting, on the other hand, is the room’s atmosphere. What kind of space have you picked out for your trip? What kind of people are by your side? In some cases, the feelings you have for those around you will affect the way your trip goes.
There Shouldn’t Be Anything Radical About Radical Mycology
Scientists and politicians might use harsh words to describe fungi and their effects, but our goal at Shroomie Bros is to make mushroom farming more accessible. The wonderful world of mushrooms needs to be. If it continues to be inaccessible, an entire scene in science will be ignored. Did you know, for example, that mushrooms are closer to humans than other vegetation? As Neil deGrasse Tyson so accurately pointed out, we share a lot in common with mushrooms, more than what people currently imagine or know. The world of magic mushrooms is much more than rainbows and butterflies. It is ethereal, powerful, and magnetic.
Are Magic Mushrooms Legal and Stating The Obvious
While mushrooms are illegal in the United States, the sale of mushroom spores and soil is allowed in certain cities and states where it is decriminalized. This, of course, includes California, where we operate. It is important to remember you are not a criminal for researching mushrooms and growing mushrooms; you are a law-abiding American who is pushing the boundaries of mycology. Currently, California State is reviewing bill SB - 519, which would decriminalize many psychedelics, including but not limited to magic mushrooms and psilocybin. An important win for the mycological community lies at stake.
While overdosing on psilocybin or mushrooms that contain psilocybin has been found to be non-fatal, it is essential to consult with the right people before starting your journey. Not only to avoid a bad trip but to avoid a trip to the emergency room. Please consult with those that know best before attempting your psilocybin journey. Don’t just wing it. As for soil, substrates, and grain, consult with ShroomieBros; we’ve got what you need.