As a natural psychedelic, psilocybin in shrooms causes hallucinogenic effects by activating specific serotonin receptors.
In addition, it gently activates dopamine pathways in the brain and modulates our fight-or-flight system in higher doses.
Psilocybin probably has long-lasting effects on the plasticity of the brain due to its effects on the above receptors.
Common effects of shrooms include:
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Better response to stress
- “Ego dissolution”
- Sensory changes
- Intensified emotions
- Altered state of consciousness
The effects of shrooms depend on how you take them. Microdosing is the preferred method for maximizing the health benefits without hallucinations. Higher doses are more popular among recreational consumers for the aforementioned psychedelic effects.