Psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, are a hallucinogenic drug. Some slang names for them are caps, shrooms, and mushies. Magic mushrooms are dried mushrooms that can be eaten, or brewed and put in tea.
Magic mushrooms produce a mild high and are similar to an LSD trip. After taking a low dose, a person usually feels euphoria and detachment. When taking a high dose, visual distortions and vivid hallucinations occur. Some people react to the mushrooms by vomiting, nausea, sweating, paranoia, and stomach pains.
Like other hallucinogenic drugs, ?bad trips? can occur, followed by a brief psychotic episode. This usually happens after repeated doses, or if the user is inexperienced, anxious or unhappy to start with. Some people may have flashbacks to the original experience, but the flashbacks don?t last long. The effects of mushrooms are unpredictable each time they are used-it all depends on the potency, the amount taken, and the user?s expectations, mood, surroundings, and frame of mind.
Mushrooms will also include different perceptions of touch, sight, sound, and taste. Although the effects of mushrooms are similar to LSD, they take effect in a much shorter time, which is after about 30 minutes, peaking after about three hours. The effects last for about 4 to 9 hours, which is a shorter time than it would take for the effects of LSD to wear off.
Like LSD, tolerance to mushrooms quickly develops and the next time a person takes them it might take twice the original dose to produce the same effect. Although a user might have a desire to repeat the experience of tripping on mushrooms, there is no physical dependence and no withdrawal effects.