Benefits of Magic Mushrooms
Magic mushrooms have been used for centuries by indigenous tribes as a part of shamanistic or spiritual practices. When taken responsibly, you can take part in an experience that fosters creativity and gives you a better sense of connection to the universe and understanding of yourself. Experienced users have given accounts of having life-changing revelations while experiencing the mystical euphoria that comes from taking shrooms.
In addition to its psychedelic effects, shrooms can help you benefit from better moods, increased focus, and enhanced creativity. Microdosing magic mushrooms make it easy to take advantage of these characteristics without experiencing their more potent effects.
Medicinal Use of Magic Mushrooms
Studies conducted by esteemed research facilities such as John Hopkins University have proven that magic mushrooms can be effective in the treatment of multiple medical conditions, despite the restrictions still in place. The widespread community use of magic mushrooms is still in its early stages, but alongside a growing acceptance in the general populace, the use of shrooms is being slowly approved for application in new and effective medical treatments.
In addition to their use for therapeutic effects, psilocybin products have shown to help with:
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- cluster headaches
- cancer-related distress
- nicotine addiction
- substance-related disorders.
How Psilocybin Affects the Brain
Anyone who’s had the experience of using magic mushrooms will tell you it is a life-changing one. Psilocybin is the primary compound that is found in these magic mushrooms responsible for that experience. The potential benefits of psilocybin have been the subject of many studies over the years in an effort to possibly use it for treatment for a variety of conditions, such as depression and chronic pain.
Psilocybin found in magic mushrooms is believed to influence the serotonin levels in the brain. This can lead to alterations in the perceptions and consciousness of the brain. This is true not just of psilocybin but also with other psychedelic drugs. By affecting the brain activity, the person’s brain networks become more open, less organized, and non-focused. This results in radical changes in the brain’s paradigm, especially in its understanding of reality.
Fast Facts on Psilocybin
Here are some quick facts you need to know about psilocybin before you take magic mushrooms:
- It is a hallucinogenic compound that activates the sensory receptors in the brain’s prefrontal cortex.
- There are various factors that can impact the effects of psilocybin when consumed, such as dosage, past usage, and individual physiology.
- The hallucinogenic effects of psilocybin can occur within 30 minutes from consumption. The effects can last up to 6 hours (depending on the dosage).
- The potency of a magic mushroom will vary based on species, growing conditions, origin, harvest period, and method of consumption (fresh or dried).
Potential Side Effects of Shrooms
Depending on the dose and method of consumption, there are various side effects of shrooms that you can expect.
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Weakness of the muscles
- Distorted reality
- Losing sense of time
- Visual or auditory hallucinations
- Increased nervousness
- Spiritual experiences
- Panic attacks
Things to Know Before Consuming Magic Mushrooms
There is growing evidence that shows the positive effects of shrooms. However, it is important to take note of the common side effects listed above. The more you consume magic mushrooms, the higher your tolerance level.
You need to regulate your consumption of magic mushrooms; or else, the higher the dose you’ll need to achieve the same effect. It is also worth noting that, depending on the dose, the effects can last from 2 to 6 hours. But you can experience long-term effects such as personality and behavior changes. Take this into account before you consume them and always do so responsibly.
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