About Magic Mushrooms


When you are trying to understand something new, the natural thing to do is research as much as
possible. You’re here because magic mushrooms have intrigued you, and you’d like to know everything that you can before you try them for yourself. In this article, we’re going to dive into everything you need to know about magic mushrooms so that you are informed before you go on your trip!

W hat Are Magic Mushrooms?

Also known as “shrooms,” magic mushrooms refer to any mushrooms you can find containing the chemical psilocybin. Psilocybin is a chemical that offers the user the hallucinogenic effect they seek when they dabble in mushrooms. It works by binding to the serotonin receptors in the brain, creating an altered mood and a changed perception. Psilocybin mushrooms grow naturally around the world, and they are mostly found in moist, damp environments. In a lot of cases, you will find that the mushrooms you are looking for have been cultivated and grown by an individual, rather than in the wild. It’s the safest way to get magic mushrooms; you can guarantee that you’re not going to eat poisonous fungi!

Types Of Magic Mushrooms

Most people aren’t aware that there are almost 200 known types of mushrooms that contain psilocybin. There are, however, variations of mushroom that are used more than others, and these include:

Psilocybe Cubensis

These are the most popular of all the “magic mushroom” varieties and are widely cultivated and sold. They are easily identifiable by their large caps, with some looking conical in young mushrooms. They have a cinnamon hue, and the gills beneath the caps are spaced out and darker as they age.

Psilocybe Cyanescens

While these are not as well known as the psilocybe cubensis, the psilocybe cyanescens are slightly more intense and smaller than their psilocybin cousin. Most people refer to these mushrooms as “wavy caps” given their caps are large, flat, and wavy. When they’re moist, these are darker in color than dry, and the gills can be purple, and you can find them in mulched plant beds and wood chips.

Psilocybe Azurescen

Paul Stamets discovered this mushroom type almost 20 years ago, and it is known to be the most potent of all mushrooms worldwide. They’re a popular option and known as the “flying saucer” mushroom. They grow naturally in the West Coast, US.

Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric)

Given that we have said that there are over 200 variations of the magic mushroom,these are nowhere near all of the options available. However, these are the mushrooms that are widely cultivated and available for purchase.

Different Types of Mushroom Products

Magic mushrooms are most commonly found in their raw dried form, but can also be found in a variety of different forms. Shroom farms are producers that have come up with new and innovative ways to allow for mushroom users to enjoy the therapeutic benefits shrooms provide.

Below is are some of the main categories of magic mushroom product:

Dried Shrooms

Dried shrooms are basically magic mushrooms that have undergone a drying process. They are what most people picture when they think about psychedelic mushrooms. Dried mushrooms are by far the most common medicinal mushroom product on the market.

Shroom Capsules

The good thing about shroom capsules is that they are already portioned out into set doses of psilocybin. This means less guesswork and an easier time finding the right dosage. Many mushroom users microdose with shroom pills. Microdosing magic mushrooms are when a user takes a very low dose in order to get the therapeutic benefits of medicinal mushrooms but without the hallucinations and other intense psychedelic effects

Shroom Tea

Dried shrooms are basically magic mushrooms that have undergone a drying process. They are what most people picture when they think about psychedelic mushrooms. Dried mushrooms are by far the most common medicinal mushroom product on the market.

Shroom Chocolate

Shroom chocolates are perhaps the second most sought after psilocybin product after dried shrooms. Basically, psilocybin is infused into chocolate to create a rich and creamy treat. These delicious goodies are ideal for those who do not care for the taste of raw dried shrooms.


Shroom Gummies

Much like the shroom chocolate, shroom gummies are a tasty treat that is perfect for people who find dried shrooms to be a bit too bitter. Magic mushroom gummies are also infused with psilocybin and turned into psychedelic sweets for all to enjoy.

How to Consume Magic Mushrooms:

There is a range of ways that a user can consume magic mushrooms, and everyone has a different opinion on the best way to do it. Most people choose to ingest magic mushrooms in their whole form – as long as they have been washed. If you dry them out, you can preserve them for some
time – up to two years in some cases! Mushrooms are affected by the light.

The taste of magic mushrooms is different depending on the consumer. For example, some people hate the taste of regular mushrooms, but would still be willing to try magic mushrooms. Some people steep them in teaafter grinding up the mushrooms with a coffee grinder, and others mix it into chocolate. Other than dried mushrooms, shroom tea is the most common method. Some fry them up with a little oil or butter and have them as you would a regular mushroom. Lastly, if you can’t seem to bring yourself to taste them, you can consume them in a capsule.

What’s It Like?

The big question: what is it like to consume magic mushrooms? Well, we’re not talking about the taste anymore! Magic mushrooms have the potency to take you on a psychedelic trip, and each consumer experiences the trip differently. Many factors can impact the type of journey one experiences, yet there are a few things that you can expect to take away from a dose of magic mushrooms. Let’s take a look:

  • Expect your perception of reality to change. You may have seen people describing the walls undulating or there being a giant purple dragon in the lounge – reality doesn’t exist in a psychedelic trip Your senses will be heightened when you are taking magic mushrooms, with your sense of sight being especially strange. You may see patterns, and you may see objects morphing out as if they’re alive.

  • The main report from users is that they feel that they have left this reality and are living in a place where time and space no longer exist. Some have even reported a spiritual experience, with an intensity in their emotions. A typical trip with magic mushrooms allows people to experience hypnagogic experiences, which is like the space between being awake or asleep.

  • Studies of the brain show that a trip on magic mushrooms is akin to dreaming. You will experience emotional shifts, a distorted sense of time, illusions, and synesthesia. It can take an hour for the dosage to kick in, and the effects last for 4-6 hours.

Most people notice the first changes after an hour or so, and it starts with their vision. Halos around lights and geometric patterns are reported first – and you can see these with closed eyes. It’s after this point that your thinking begins to change, and your emotions shift, with most people entering a sense of euphoria.Perhaps you explore deeper into your feelings that you have buried down in everyday life – you’re more open on magic mushrooms. You may feel delighted, at peace, wonder, and a connection with the world that you may not have recognized previously.

Some people then go on to experience powerful emotions, and it’s a common reaction to fight them and try to repress them. If you want your trip to be a smooth one, the best thing you can do is experience them in fullness. Even the negative emotions you may feel can lead you to let go of in-depth resentment or paranoia you have been harboring. The feelings are all temporary, so you don’t have to panic; that’s how you will feel forever.

Physically, magic mushrooms have side effects that vary. Some people experience a racing heart rate; others experience a slowed-down heart rate. Some people feel highly aroused, restless, or nauseous. Headaches are a reported side effect, as is trouble with being coordinated in movement.

What You Should Know Before Shroom Consumption:

Before you take a trip on shrooms, there are certain things that you should know. Firstly, this is a psychedelic drug, so the setting is so essential – as is the set.

Set. The set refers to your mindset, and this is so important before you dive in. You must be in a place of calm and good health, and it’s worth taking a day off work for yourself. You don’t want to have to be interrupted by a business meeting or a family dinner! Stress in your life can also negatively affect a trip, and you must set your intentions before you get started.

Setting. Next, you need to think about where you take this trip. It would help if you were comfortable, and you must have someone with you who can keep an eye on you and your safety when you are tripping. As things become slightly different in your reality, you need to make sure that you are as safe as possible. You want to have the right temperature in the house, easy access to a bathroom, snacks, and water laid out and ready. If you have an enclosed garden, try and head outside. The stars look very different when you are on mushrooms!

Dosage. The dosage that you take is an essential factor in your journey with magic mushrooms. You have to start small – especially if you are new to the psychedelic world. If you start small and find the trip is too mild, you can always take more. However, you can’t take less. 0.8 grams of dried mushrooms is an excellent place to begin, and a standard dose sits at 1-2.5 grams.

A journey with magic mushrooms can last up to six hours, including the time it takes to kick in.

What Are The Risks?

The fear that some people have before they take magic mushrooms for the first time is that they may experience a bad trip. A bad trip includes agitation, confusion, paranoia, anxiety, and stress, and the experience of psychedelics can be extremely overwhelming when this is the case. We’ve talked about the set and setting of your first experience, and the right set and setting can ensure that a bad trip is less likely. A bad trip can still occur if the correct setting is in place, of course, but minimizing it as much as possible is essential. The worst thing to do in this case is to fight it; embracing and feeling the scarier feelings is better to get through it as unscathed as possible.

  1. Those with a history of psychotic disorders (including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,etc.) should avoid magic mushrooms. This is down to the fact that a prolonged psychosis can be the result of the use of magic mushrooms.
  2. If you are taking antidepressants, SSRIs, or any serotonin supplements, you should not mix these with magic mushrooms. It can be dangerous and a serotonin overload
  3. Those with a history of psychotic disorders (including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,etc.) should avoid magic mushrooms. This is down to the fact that a prolonged psychosis can be the result of the use of magic mushrooms.

What Are The Benefits of Shrooms?

The benefits of magic mushrooms are widely reported, despite the fact that there are those out there that make magic mushrooms sound like cannabis. However, if you are thinking about how they can be used to help, not hurt, we’ve got a list of benefits that you will be able to enjoy when you use magic mushrooms.

  1. They can help with depression. Mushrooms aren’t there to enhance the mood you are in. So, if you are currently low and depressed, you won’t feel worse just because you’ve tried mushrooms. Of courses, the evidence here is not conclusive as yet, and mushrooms aren’t the replacement for antidepressants. However, there have been reports that depression is improved, and it lasts. It’s not just a temporary improvement!
  2. Some people report a level of acceptance in their mortality and future when they try magic mushrooms. They experience reduced anxiety and a feeling of calm. Those with terminal illnesses who experience the trip with magic mushrooms have reported a calmness about their fate.
  3. They can help you quit smoking. The success rate of magic mushrooms helping those to quit a smoking habit is quite high at 80%. It helps those who don’t want to use patches and nicotine injections.
  4. The medical benefits aren’t the only reports from magic mushroom users. There is a spiritual awakening experienced by those who have used magic mushrooms before, with conclusions being made that magic mushrooms can help people to unlock their consciousness. It’s not known how it happens; it just does!
  5. There have been imaging tests on the brain on those under the influence of magic mushrooms that show that the brain changes in a positive way. The connections in the brain smooth out, and information is relayed better
  6. Magic mushrooms improve the overall psychological health of the user, creating new and better connections between the neurons in the brain. It’s not a side effect, it’s a purposeful thing, and you can see things in a better light. Magic mushrooms offer the user a trip that will help them to gain better clarity in life,even though the effects only last a few hours. The results after a trip can last for a long time!
    7. Relief from cluster headaches is another benefit reported by those who have experienced magic mushrooms. These are known as “suicide headaches,” and it’s not something anyone wants to experience. However, if you have had to deal with them, you may find that magic mushrooms help to relieve the effects.
    8. Sufferers of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) have previously reported that the regular intake of magic mushrooms can dull the symptoms. This was backed by a 2006 study by the University of Arizona.
    9 Humans fear rejection, but magic mushrooms have been shown to assist those who cannot deal with social rejection. They have experienced the ability to understand and accept that it’s not always their fault. Rejection is never pleasant, but mushrooms could help you to accept it!


Most people think that magic mushrooms are only something that has come to light in the past thirty years. In fact, magic mushrooms are a psychedelic that goes back through history, long before popular culture made it a thing! Some historians believe magic mushrooms have been present as far back as 9000 BC, including in North African Indigenous cultures. This has come from the study of rock paintings as well as archaeological evidence that humans have been using magic mushrooms for thousands of years.

Prehistoric art across the whole of the globe have representations and evidence
of magic mushrooms. They have been previously thought to have religious symbolism, especially in the earlier mentioned shamanic rituals. Magic mushrooms have been used in the rite of passage ceremonies, and they pop up everywhere in history. If our ancestors did once use mushrooms, they would have had the effect of influencing prehistoric culture. Everything from art and religion to social values has been shaped over the years because of magic mushrooms and their influence in history. Terence McKenna once wrote a “Stoned Ape Hypothesis” that suggested the earliest humans ingested mushrooms, which is what opened the mind enough to lead to our current intelligence, of course, this is just speculation and hypothesizing as there is no evidence to back up this claim.

means “flesh of the gods.” They believed that this was magic mushrooms, and these, along with other psychotropics, were used to maintain a trance-like state to produce visions and commune with Gods. In the 16th century, Spanish Catholic missionary priests wrote about psychotropic substances, but it’s a controversial statement to make that magic mushrooms may have been present in holy history. Stories and rumors over the years do not give way to evidence, so it’s still the only speculation!

There is a definite confirmed use of magic mushrooms among the tribes of the indigenous people, especially the Mixtec, Zapatec, and Nauhua tribes of Central America. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Spanish forbade the use of magic mushrooms after deciding that it was a barbaric practice. Of course, this was ignored by Spanish Shamans, and they used them in secret for over 400 years. This served to preserve their heritage. It wasn’t until 1799 that the first reliable Western account of magic mushrooms was recorded. Children were accidentally fed psilocybe semilanceata, which is a species of a psychedelic mushroom. It was accidental ingestion, but it’s the first in history to be recorded.

In the late 1950s, magic mushrooms were more accessible and were eaten by Westerners. Mycologist R. Gordon Wasson traveled through Mexico to study mushrooms, and he witnessed their use in ritual ceremonies, participating alongside the Mazatec shamans. An article was written about his findings, and this was published in 1957 in Life Magazine. Roger Heim, a colleague of R. Gordon Wasson, took the help of Albert Hofmann (known as the father of LSD) to isolate and extract the psilocybin and psilocin from the mushrooms that were brought home from Mexico. It was then 1958 when the mushrooms were synthetically produced for the first time. The photo essay “Seeking the Magic Mushroom” was later published, which detailed his experiences with them and where he found them. Scientists decided to try them for themselves after reading Wasson’s report, which subsequently saw them fired from their Harvard University positions! It was then they decided to – in 1962 – start a psychedelic movement. This was when mushrooms were adopted into the 60s countercul ture, and there was a boom of peace and unity everywhere – what a correlation

Timothy Leary then read the article and was intrigued. The experimentation that followed at Harvard University led to the permanent ties of magic mushrooms to the hippie movement and spirituality. Mushrooms have been associated with this counterculture for many years due to this experimentation. In 1971, psilocybin was listed as a Schedule I drug in the US, making it illegal for use. However, the mushrooms themselves were not a part of this, which allows all countries that have signed the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances to regulate magic mushrooms as they would like to do so. Over the years, there have been rules on magic mushrooms, but these have been loosened more than any other psychedelic. As there have been studies showing that these are great as a therapeutic tool and useful for personal development, the understanding has made people less afraid of them.


In popular culture today, magic mushrooms are far more accepted than they ever were before. Some people choose to use them recreationally in groups, or others want to use them for one of the many benefits listed earlier in the article. Some choose to microdose with psilocybin, which means the consumption of the chemical itself in tiny amounts. These people won’t be looking for or experiencing full trips, but they will feel a boost in their mood and creativity, which will lower anxiety and make them more productive in their day-to-day lives. There are a few studies out there to support those claims that this works. There are scientists now that pursue a number of avenues that will research these chemicals as a standalone experience, and this is in spite of the ban in the 1970s that was made on psilocybin. It only began again after 30 years, and in October 2018, the FDA permitted companies to research magic mushrooms for the claims of how they can help with depression.

The research is going to be combined with intensive therapy to help those who have treatment-resistant depression. This affects around 100 million people around the world, and in September 2019, Johns Hopkins University opened a Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. The plan was for scientists to evaluate psilocybin magic mushrooms for their ability to help other conditions, including Lyme disease and PTSD. The medicinal uses are known and have been for many years, and researchers worldwide are digging down into the further applications of the mushrooms and how they interact with our brains and our bodies.

Mushrooms are represented in our culture as being very heavily related to the 1960s, and they are. Still, the chance to be able to discover further good qualities in the future is essential. The benefits of magic mushrooms and the way that they interact with us require new scientific research, and thankfully this is being undertaken right now!


There are plenty of reports to show that as psilocybin mushrooms are not addictive, they are more tolerable to take. Sure, you cannot predict how they will react in your body and you cannot predict your own behavior, but if you were to choose a recreational drug to experiment with, mushrooms are going to do much less harm than most. Magic mushrooms have so many benefits that it’s hard to ignore the fact that you could feel better in yourself when you do take them.

It’s important to buy your mushrooms from a reputable grower and choosing to buy the best magic mushrooms Canada has to offer is important! You want to know that you are eating a quality product, and that requires research on your part. Shrooms should always be eaten in the presence of someone not eating them – just in case you have a bad trip. Your enjoyment will depend on many factors, but they are a substance that requires just as much caution if it’s your first experience.

There are many different types of mushrooms out there, so choose those that are trusted – especially the popular ones! With the right amount of research, you should be able to find the right magic mushrooms for your first experience.