Monday, January 19, 2009

How do Magic Mushrooms Work?

The chemical found in shrooms that produces the "high" is called psilocybin. When you consume magic mushrooms, the psilocybin is converted into a chemical called psilocin. Psilocin is then absorbed into the blood stream where it is taken to the brain.

Psilocin has a chemical structure that is very similar to the neurotransmitter serotonin that is naturally occurring in the body. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that neurons use to communicate with each other. When the levels of serotonin are changed, they will affect sleep, appetite, sensory perception, temperature regulation, pain suppression, and mood.

Serotonin is absorbed by neurons at receptor sites known as the 5-HT receptors. Psilocin's chemical structure is very similar to serotonin, and is taken up by the 5-HT2 receptor site, one of the many receptor types.

After the psilocin molecules bind with the 5-HT2 receptor sites, very little is actually known about what happens. There is not enough data to explain clinically exactly what the effects of the active ingredients in magic mushrooms (shrooms). What we do know is that psilocin is NOT physically harmful to the body or brain.

So basically, psilocin molecules from the magic mushrooms bing with serotonin receptor sites in the brain and cause the mind to do strange things and no one, not even scientists, are really sure why.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The First-Timer's Guide To Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybe mushrooms or “magic mushrooms” as they’re commonly known, are a mild hallucinogen commonly used around the world. Say you've bought some and you aren't sure exactly what to do? No worries, this guide will take you through the proper steps to ensure a good trip.

This article is provided for informational purposes only. Please use your own judgment in deciding what to do with it. Be aware that magic mushrooms are illegal to possess in many countries.

Preparing for Shrooms

Psilocybe mushrooms, commonly known as shrooms or magic mushrooms, affect each person differently, and unless taken in large amounts, most people don’t actually hallucinate or have “visions” or “flashbacks.”

Shrooms are organic, easily accessible, and though it does come with it's hazards, there is always the reassuring thought that if you don't like the trip, your body will simply metabolize the drug and you can go back to a normal state of mind again.

You will want to make sure you have at least 24 hours to dedicate to the shrooms. The trip itself will not last that long, but you will feel out of it for the hours after the trip has finished.

Choosing the Location

The setting of your experience is one of the major determining factors in the type of trip you will have, and weather it will be a good or bad one. You can take them anywhere, but many suggest staying in a safe and comfortable environment. I highly recommend either taking them at the beach, where the ocean looks like a pulsating blue glow, or taking them in the woods or while camping, go on an adventure. Having a positive surrounding means having a positive trip. Shrooms are not a good party drug!

How Much to Take?

Since you are reading this guide, this is most likely your first time using magic mushrooms, and you are probably wondering how much you should take, right? Shrooms are sold in grams and eighths for the most part, so many would suggest that you take half of an 1/8 for your first use, which is about 1.75 grams. You can take more if you wish, but many are not prepared for the effects, so taking half is usually the best way to go. The next time you try go ahead and go for an eighth, that is the common amount used by an experienced user.

Make the Shrooms more Edible

"They taste disgusting" is the first thing you will hear out of any users mouth. Try taking them with something sweet, such as candy, to help them go down easier. Not everyone can handle the taste, others can just pop them in their mouth and chop away, so try it first and see what works best for you.

You can also grind the shrooms down with a grinder, and mix them with orange juice in a glass, supposedly the acid in the juice helps break down the hallucinogens better, but I have not found any research supporting this claim.

Enjoying the Trip

So now that you've eaten the shrooms you bought, it's time to sit back and wait them to kick in. Usually you can begin to feel the effects in about 15 minutes.

The mushrooms will affect everyone differently. Right now you might be bouncing off the walls laughing, or sitting and not really sure what you are feeling. Some feel a sort of debilitating effect for the first part of their trip, you could feel restless, and a have a bit of nausea. Whatever you are feeling, make sure to keep an open mind about it.

After about an hour or so, you should be in a very heightened state. You should feel like you have an altered perspective on everything, colors will appear bright and vibrant, you may even feel a sort of out of body experience. Try listening to some music, the lyrics will become epiphanies!

If you are like most, you will do a lot of self-realization during the trip. You will say things, and ask yourself, is this me talking? Hopefully the shrooms will open your mind and leave you with a great experience.


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