Psilocybe Mushrooms, more commonly known as magic mushrooms are a genus of gilled mushroom fungi with psychedelic and hallucinogenic properties. The most psychoactive parts of the mushroom are the ingredients, Psilocybin and Psilocin which are responsible for the distorted sense perception and altered visions upon consumption.
The various strains of these mushrooms are often abused recreationally and can lead to serious consequences due to the inability to separate reality from fiction. Many cases have been reported worldwide of being falling into severe states of paranoia and hurting themselves and others while under the influence of psychedelic mushrooms.
Magic Mushrooms usage among indigenous peoples of Mexico, Colombia and Native Americans were quite common and used as religious ceremonies and rituals in order to induce divine revelations. After European conquest of the Americas and other parts of the globe occurred the use of magic mushrooms began to decline.
A resurgence in the popularity of hallucinogenic substances began again during the hippie counterculture movement originating in San Francisco during the 1960’s as a response to the unstable political climate at around the time of the Vietnam War. Proponents of the hallucinogenic movement like Terrence Mckenna claimed that these substances could help expand the consciousness of the user.
Dangers of Mushrooms
While limited research is available on the subject of magic mushrooms the fact remains that they are illegal and can have lethal consequences when used by irresponsible recreational users, especially in the wrong setting. The effects of magic mushrooms include but are not limited to the following:
- Trauma Inducing Visions
- Lowers Inhibition (Risk Seeking)
Despite some claims that psychedelic mushrooms can heal depression and victims of post-traumatic stress syndrome the evidence is just too scant and spotty at best. Many people report quite the opposite and in fact claim irrevocable damage to the brain. There have also been many incidents reported of users who have mistakenly fallen to their death because of the ill-conceived notion of feeling invincible and able to fly.
Addiction to Magic Mushrooms
Psychedelic mushrooms can indeed be very addictive and slowly diminish the quality of life in the addicted. As in all drugs tolerance to the drug can quickly transpire over time leading the abuser to require more of the substance at the detriment of family, personal relationships and responsibilities.
If you suspect someone you know has an addiction to magic mushrooms get them help immediately. Addiction can strike at any time and affects everyone from all walks of life. Just because magic mushrooms are not as commonly abused as heroin or opioids does not mean that they are any less deadly. The first step is to admit there is a problem and that mushrooms are not the answer. Any activity or substance that we use as a means of escape from reality is doing us a disservice in the grand scheme of things. We need to come face to face with our demons and come to terms with our disease in order to get better.