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Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin mushrooms are fungi that contain the psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin. There are several street terms for psilocybin mushrooms, the most common being Shrooms or Magic Mushrooms. There are an estimated 190 species of psilocybin mushrooms in existence. Magic Mushrooms are light to dark brown in color and come in fresh, dried or powdered forms. Magic Mushrooms usually sell for around $7 per gram.

Psilocybin and psilocin are listed as Schedule I drugs under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Schedule I drugs are deemed to have a high potential for abuse and are not recognized for medical use.

Magic Mushrooms can be chewed or used to make a tea. When an individual ingests Magic Mushrooms, they are broken down to produce psilocin which is responsible for hallucinogenic effects. Magic Mushrooms cause a powerful psychedelic trip experience, shorter-lived but similar in tone and effect to LSD. As with many psychedelic substances, the effects of Magic Mushrooms can vary considerably among individual users. The mind-altering effects of Magic Mushrooms can last from 3 to 8 hours, depending on dosage, preparation method, and personal metabolism. These effects can seem to last much longer because of psilocybin's ability to alter time perception.

Individuals using Magic Mushrooms will likely experience stomach problems like cramping, nausea and vomiting. Some users will get diarrhea after taking Magic Mushrooms.

A trip on magic mushrooms can put individuals in a dreamlike state, with intense colors, sounds, etc. A bad trip on Magic Mushrooms can seem like a bad dream that you can't wake up from. The user will experience several hours of disturbing images, feeling anxious and afraid. In the most extreme cases, paranoia can result. Unfortunately, individuals are stuck in the experience until it runs its course and the effects of the mushrooms wear off.

Flashbacks, days or even months afterward, are a common side-effect of having used Magic Mushrooms. This phenomenon can be extremely disturbing to the individual experiencing them, as they will have to relive the experience of hallucinating in between trips without warning.