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Published on 23 November 2022

If you're considering trying magic mushrooms, it's important to do your research first. Magic mushrooms are wild or cultivated mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound. When eaten, magic mushrooms can cause hallucinations and other changes in perception, mood, and thought. While some people report positive experiences with magic mushrooms, others find them difficult or even frightening. It's important to know what you're getting into before you try them.


There are some things to consider if you're thinking about trying magic mushrooms. First, it's important to be aware of the potential risks involved. Magic mushrooms can cause nausea and vomiting, dizziness and disorientation, anxiety and paranoia, and even psychotic episodes. It's also important to know that magic mushrooms are illegal in many countries. In the United States, they are classified as Schedule I controlled substances, which means they are deemed to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.



Consider your environment


When considering if you should try magic mushrooms, it's important to think about your environment and mindset. You should choose a safe, peaceful place to have your experience, and ideally, you would work with an experienced guide or therapist. Magic mushrooms can have both physical and mental effects, so it's important to be prepared for the experience. If you take a regular to a large dose of magic mushrooms, the experience will typically last between 4-6 hours.



Know your set and setting


A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here's how to avoid a bad trip and have a good experience:


1. Make sure you know your set and setting. The set is the mindset or attitude you bring to the experience, while the setting is the physical environment in which you'll be taking the drug. Be sure to set a positive, safe and comfortable environment for yourself.


2. Start with a low dose. If it's your first time taking psychedelics, it's best to start with a very low dose to see how your body reacts.


3. Have a trip sitter. A trip sitter is someone who remains sober during your experience to make sure you're safe and comfortable. They can also help guide you if you have a difficult experience.


4. Be prepared for anything. Psychedelic experiences can be unpredictable, so it's important to go in with an open mind and no expectations. It's also a good idea to have someone with you who has experience with psychedelics and can help you if you start to feel uncomfortable.


5. Be careful with your dose. Start with a low dose and see how you react before taking more. Be especially careful if you're taking other drugs or medications, as they can interact with psychedelics in dangerous ways.


6. Don't drive or operate heavy machinery. Psychedelics can impair your ability to drive.



Have a sober sitter


If you're considering trying magic mushrooms, there are a few things you should know first. Magic mushrooms can produce powerful hallucinations and can be dangerous if you're not careful. It's important to have a sober trip sitter with you who can help keep you safe and make sure you don't have a bad trip. Before taking magic mushrooms, it's also important to do your research and understand the possible risks involved.



Start with a low dose


As always, the mantra for trying a new psychoactive drug is: “Start low, go slow.” Start with no more than one gram of dried mushrooms or 10 grams of fresh mushrooms. Low doses of psilocybin are considered to be between .5 and 2 grams of dried mushrooms. If you're looking to trip, it's advisable to start with a dose between .5 and two grams of dried mushrooms.


It's a good idea to let somebody know that you're planning to microdose, then you can call on them if you have any issues.


As magic mushrooms continue to be decriminalized in the U.S., here's everything you need to know about doing them for the first time.



Be prepared to go deep


If you're thinking about trying magic mushrooms, there are a few things you should know first. Both LSD and magic mushrooms are generally safe, but they can still have strong effects. Do your research and be prepared for a profound experience. Start with a small dose if you're new to psychedelics, and be sure to have a trip sitter present if possible.



Expect the unexpected


Reduce your risk of bad trips (scary and stressful experiences), injuries from falls or accidents, and mental health concerns. Take some time to prepare yourself and be aware of what you are looking to get out of this trip, just as a check-in without attachment. This allows you to be cognizant of where you are at internally, which means when you become more aware of that on the mushrooms, it will be less of a shock.



Shrooms vs Mushies vs Blue Meanies?! What the heck!


There are many different names for mushrooms. A.K.A: Magic mushrooms, Shrooms, Mushies, Blue meanies, Golden tops, Liberty caps, Philosopher's stones, some as unexpected as the trip itself can be. 


Magic mushrooms or 'shrooms' have hallucinogenic effects when eaten. The active ingredient in magic mushrooms is psilocybin, which is a psychedelic compound found in some 400 species of fungi worldwide. Picking and eating a poisonous mushroom by mistake is a big risk if you don't know what you're doing. As a result, only pick if you are picking with someone experienced.



Listen to your body


If you're thinking about trying magic mushrooms, it's important to listen to your body. While there are some potential benefits to taking shrooms, there are also some risks. If you have any preexisting mental health conditions, you may be more susceptible to anxiety or paranoia while on the drug. It's also important to be aware that shrooms can stay in your system for up to 48 hours, and any other substances can affect how your body processes them.


Let go of any preconceived notions


The importance of set and setting in psychedelic experiences cannot be understated. Here are 6 ways to best prepare yourself:


1) Make sure you have a clear intention for why you want to try psychedelics.

2) Do your research on the different types of psychedelics available.

3) Find a trustworthy source for your psychedelics.

4) Make sure you have a sober trip sitter who can support you during your experience.

5) Set aside time in a comfortable environment where you feel safe and relaxed.

6) Be mindful of your body and mind during the experience, and listen to your intuition.


Know how to consolidate


How much is too much when it comes to taking magic mushrooms? Learn how to dose shrooms and the effects you'll feel at each level of dosage. After ensuring you have the correct type of psilocybin mushroom and accurately measuring the dosage, your set and setting have a strong impact on whether or not you have a positive experience. You should be in a comfortable environment with people you trust if you're planning on trying magic mushrooms for the first time. These are key in starting the journey. Thereafter it is important to take the time to continue to work on whatever information presented itself, for you to better engage and participate in your experience.


This is a slow and never-ending process, but it also further allows you to bring back what you experienced and start living that way outwardly.



Disclaimer: This article is written purely for educational reasons. Mushly in no way suggests the use, sale, or ownership of any illicit substances. Furthermore, take the time to be aware of the legislature and what that means for you, as decided by the governing body of the country and city you live in.