How to Overcome a Bad Magic Mushroom Trip

How to Overcome a Bad Magic Mushroom Trip

The mind is a powerful thing. When you introduce it to psychedelics it can open up a completely different world to you, one of spiritual nirvana, or another that’s full of nightmares. Luckily, bad trips on shrooms are a rare thing, but it’s always good to be prepared in case you have one.

What’s a bad trip, and what causes it?

A bad trip can range from experiencing mild anxiety and paranoia to having a full-scale psychedelic crisis where you go through some deeply disturbing emotions. The worst part is a bad trip can last as long as a good one, which is basically six to eight hours depending on the dosage you’ve taken. During the trip it feels as though time is standing still, making a bad experience even worse.

The reasons for having a bad trip vary from person to person, but they can usually be traced back to the following things:

  • Taking higher doses of magic mushrooms. 2 to 3 grams of dried mushrooms is considered a full trip dose. Anything higher than this, and you’re courting trouble especially if you don’t have enough experience with psychedelics. Here’s how much magic mushrooms you should take to get the desired effects.
  • Being in a negative frame of mind before taking shrooms or during the trip.
  • Having a setting where there’s excessive stimulation.
  • Mixing psilocybin mushroom with other drugs or alcohol.
  • Taking psychedelic drugs without a trip sitter to sooth you in case things go south.
  • Not taking enough water.

Can you avoid a bad trip?

You can minimize the chances of having a bad trip by creating the right set and setting from the start. Try to be positive and relaxed rather than anxious about the psychedelic experience. Make sure your surroundings are familiar and comfortable. Take a dosage of shrooms that your body can handle. A good way to go is to start with small doses and work your way up to a level that feels right for you. Whatever you do, don’t take alcohol because this will create panic or even make you violent.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated and have some snacks at hand in case you get hungry. You don’t want to have a dry mouth or get hungry while tripping because this will only make you grumpy.

How to stop a bad trip

Sometimes, however well we prepare, things still fail to go according to plan. You may get a distressing phone call in the middle of your trip, or you might see something and get a negative flashback. Whichever the case, you can’t completely eliminate surprises that may put a damper on your shrooms experience. Here’s what to do when start getting bad vibes during your trip:

  • Pause and take a deep breath. This will help calm your nerves. If this doesn’t work, you can go a step further and try counting your breaths to bring your breathing and heart rate under control. It can do wonders when your nerves begin to fray.
  • Talk to someone, it can be a trip sitter or a friend. Their gentle voice can help sooth you and make you feel more secure. The fact that they’re sober will help you realize that what you’re going through isn’t real and it will all be over at some point.
  • Go for a walk. Being in a different place might help lift your mood. However it shouldn’t be in a noisy area, or a place with too much traffic.
  • Find a distraction. Switching your focus to something else when you start feeling anxious can calm your trip. You can turn on some music or look at a picture on the wall. The good thing with hallucinogens is it’s not that hard to switch your attention to something else because everything appears interesting while you’re high.
  • Do some light exercise like stretching. This will ease any discomfort you might have as well as decrease your tension and boost your mood. Also try drinking some water.
  • Try humor. Sometimes not taking things too seriously and having a laugh at yourself about the situation you’re in helps lighten the mood. If you can’t manage a laugh, try smiling. Even a plastic smile is better than not smiling at all.
  • Give it time. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you’re not able to shake off the negative emotions of a bad trip. Your best option in such a situation may be to simply ride it out.


Bad trips shouldn’t be written off as merely ugly encounters that are best forgotten. As torturous as these experiences might be, they can unearth some unresolved issues that we have, and start a healing process in our lives. Like a near death experience or a painful divorce, surviving the scare of a harrowing trip can only make us stronger in the end and even teach us something about ourselves that we didn’t know. If you’ve ever had a bad trip consider it a feather on your cap and an important milestone in your psychedelic experience.

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Guide on How to Be a Good Psychedelic Trip Sitter

Guide on How to Be a Good Psychedelic Trip Sitter

If your friend called you up and asked you to be their psychedelic trip sitter (sober sitter or co-pilot), how would you react? In all likelihood, you’d freak out and tell them you’re not ready for that kind of responsibility. True, a tripsitter isn’t exactly the same as a designated driver, but with the right kind of preparation it’s certainly something you can hack. More importantly, you can also be there for your friend in their hour of need.


What’s a trip sitter?

A trip sitter is someone who’s assigned to look after the person who’s taking a hallucinogen, whether it’s LSD, Magic Mushrooms or DMT. This usually happens when it’s the tripper’s first experience with psychedelics. Ideally, the tripsitter should stay sober so they can monitor the tripper while they’re under the influence of the drug.

The concept of trip sitting can be traced back to Timothy Leary’s book The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was written as a guide on what to do when someone’s going through a psychedelic trip, especially how to handle ego death.  The book advocates for the presence of psychedelic guides to help trippers during the different phases of ego death.


What does it take to be an effective trip sitter?

Having first-hand experience with the substance being used, or training on how to handle any psychological or medical emergency that may arise certainly helps. But even more importantly, it’s your willingness to help, and being responsible enough to remain sober during the trip that really matter. Good trip sitters are able to empathize with the tripper without intervening beyond what the tripper would want. Of course, it always a plus when there’s already an existing relationship between the sitter and the tripper.

A sitter, like the one Leary had in mind, can play an active role in guiding the tripper’s experience. For example, people who sign up for psychedelic retreats have shamans to sit with them during their journey. In this case, the shamans have a lot of experience with hallucinogens and know how to react in case anything out of the norm happens.


The tripsitter’s responsibilities

A key responsibility of the sitter is to be there for the tripper throughout their psychedelic experience. That means before, during, and after their trip. It’s always good to ensure the surroundings are welcoming and do whatever you can to put the user at ease, especially when it’s their first time on the substance they’re taking.

A question many people ask is can the tripsitter be high themselves? Some sitters find it more effective when they microdose or smoke a joint earlier on in order to connect better with the tripper. However, it’s probably best to play it safe as a sitter and stay sober so that you can make the right decisions in case things go south.


What to do before the trip?

  1. Do some research

If you don’t have that much experience with psychoactive drugs, you need to do your homework first. Find out all you can about the substance the tripper is using (including the dosage) so as to fully appreciate what its effects are and how long they may last. Most magic mushrooms, for example, take 10 to 30 minutes for the effects to kick in, and a full psychedelic trip may last 6 to 8 hours depending on the dosage taken.

Understanding the five levels of psychedelic experience is also important. At level 1 the user will feel relaxed and only experience subtle changes in their visuals, while at level 5 they’ll be completely disconnected with reality.

Needless to say, it’s also important to know if the tripper has a medical condition that could be affected by taking the hallucinogen.

  1. Create the right set and setting

Ensure the tripper is in the right state of mind i.e. they’re positive and relaxed, rather than anxious about the experience. Discuss with the user what you’ve gathered from your research and agree on some ground rules before starting the session like what dosage they should take and any guidance they may want during the experience. You should also agree on how to deal with emergencies that may arise, and whom to call in case of an emergency.

As for the setting, you’re less likely to have a bad trip if the surroundings are familiar and comfortable. Your friend’s living room or bedroom, for example, can provide the right environment for a trip. Adjust the lights, ensure the place isn’t too warm or too cold, and turn on some music to create the right ambience.


During the psychedelic experience

  1. Whatever you do, be present throughout the tripper’s experience. Even if you don’t say anything, just being there may actually be enough to reassure them during the session. However, if they have questions that you can answer, indulge them, and try not to be judgmental. When talking to them keep your tone down to soothe them.


  1. Don’t forget to provide for their physical needs like keeping them hydrated at all times. Help them if they need assistance moving around, but if they need their personal space, respect that. When communicating, speak to them in a calm soothing voice.


  1. Lastly, it’s always good to recognize when the user is peaking and when the user is gradually coming back to reality.


After the psychedelic trip

The first thing to do is to monitor the aftereffects of the psychoactive substance. You may find that the tripper is still anxious or paranoid during the comedown, and you may need to reassure them that everything’s okay. They may experience a dry mouth, in which case, you should give them some water to drink.

Afterwards when they’re more comfortable, talk about the psychedelic journey with the user. If you had made an audio or video recording, play it back. This may help the tripper understand their experience better. If they’re anxious about something, reassure them once again.

Give the user time to rest as they may be tired after the trip.


What to do in case of a bad psychedelic trip?

If you’ve prepared the tripper adequately in terms of the right set and setting bad trips are less likely to happen. However, they are a reality and you should always be prepared to handle them.

When someone’s having a bad trip, the first thing you’ll notice is they become really fearful or paranoid. They may even get hysterical and violent. Stay calm and reassure them that what they’re going through is the effect of a psychoactive substance and it isn’t real. Let them know that they’re safe and that nothing bad is going to happen to them.

You can try moving them to a different room that’s more comfortable and help them relax by reminding them that the experience will be over soon. If the situation gets out of hand, call for professional medical help so that they can be kept in a safe place and sedated if the need arises.



There’s no doubt that trip sitting is an important part of safe recreational drug use and a great help to the psychedelic community. It’s always a good thing when the more experienced psychonauts step up and lend a helping hand to the newbies. Hopefully, this article has shed more light on what this actually entails. Happy tripping!


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Psilocybin and Cannabis, How Safe is it to Mix the Two?

Psilocybin and Cannabis How Safe is it to Mix the Two

Conventional wisdom has it that mixing drugs is a no go zone. Stories abound of users who’ve experienced not just bad trips, but also stints in hospital, and in the worst case scenario – death. Those who are into poly-drug use say that mixing synthetics can be a problem, but it’s a different story when it comes to natural stuff like weed and magic mushrooms.

So who’s right? Let’s look at the individual effects of the two to get a better understanding of how they work together.



THC is the primary active compound of the cannabis plant. When it gets to the brain, it binds to cannabinoid receptors to create the high that users experience. The effects of cannabis have been variously described as stimulating, exhilarating, and relaxing depending on the strain you use. Strains are generally categorized into two types – sativas and indicas. Sativas are considered more stimulating, while indicas are more relaxing.

Cannabis affects your senses mainly through your visual perception, where colors appear brighter. Music will also sound more beautiful while the taste of food and aroma become more enjoyable.

As for your mood, cannabis makes you feel upbeat. You’ll get funny spur of the moment thoughts, although they may also be insightful and in some instances paranoid. Thoughts that are at first clear become clouded as lethargy seeps in.

Cannabis users also typically experience the munchies, drowsiness and an altered perception of time. They may also feel more sensual and a heightened libido.

Generally, the effects of smoking weed kick in after about 30 minutes, but the high lasts for 1 to 3 hours. However, if you take marijuana as food or drink it takes longer to hit you, but the high lasts for many more hours than smoking.


Magic Mushrooms

Like cannabis, psilocybin – the active ingredient in psilocybe magic mushrooms – works by binding itself to receptors in your brain. In this case they are serotonin receptors responsible for the communication between nerve cells.

When you take shrooms, the first feeling is that of a pleasant energy coursing through your veins. Your entire psychological functioning is altered as you go through a transient state between being awake and sleep.

You’ll feel an uplift in your mood, clarity in your thinking and a deeper level of introspection.

Once the full effects kick in, about an hour after ingesting psilocybin mushrooms, you will start to go through changes of perception like illusions, loss of sense of time and synaesthesia. Visuals will become more enhanced including seeing things like halos around lights and sometimes even geometric patterns when you close your eyes.

As is the case with cannabis, your magic mushroom trip will depend on the dosage and strain you take. Of course, microdoses of either have a different effect than a full dose.


Magic Mushrooms and Cannabis Are Strikingly Similar

When all is said and done weed and magic mushrooms have an uncanny likeness to each other. For starters, both affect your thought process and perceptions in certain ways. They lift your mood to the point of elation, trigger creative thoughts, and enrich the beauty of music, art and nature in general. However, they also have a dark side and can open a Pandora’s box, bringing to the surface any inner demons and deep-rooted bad feelings you may have.


Mixing Shrooms and Cannabis – The Experience

So what happens when these two titans come together? Well, it depends on the person (how drug tolerant they are) and the timing.

When everything falls into place, a melting pot of cannabis and shrooms will intensify your psychedelic experience by provoking more abstract visuals and sensations.

It’s always best to let the magic mushroom trip take the centre stage, while the cannabis plays a more supporting role. That means taking it easy on the weed. If you’re smoking, don’t overdo it – no big joints or bong rips. Just small puffs to first test the waters and then playing it by ear from that point.

Psychonauts who’ve learned to get the best out of the two avoid smoking weed during the peak. They say cannabis taken before the mushroom come-up helps to temper it. It also gives the peak an edge, and prolongs the come-down. Those who have more weed tolerance smoke before the peak then wait for the come-down before taking some more cannabis. Again, this is a fine balancing act, if you overdo it you may completely reignite your high which may not be very pleasant.

One heads up we can give users who mix weed and magic mushrooms is to start with low-THC, sativa-dominant strains. Something else to consider is that sativa strains provide that extra bit of energy and positivity, while indica a CBD-rich strain helps fight off nausea and manage any jittery feelings that may creep up.


The Downside

Of course things may not always go according to script. Sometimes cannabis induces lethargy and dulls any visuals you’re likely to experience as well as numbing your sensations. In short, your psychedelic peak could end up becoming an anti-climax.

Combining cannabis and shrooms can also trigger a bout of paranoia and anxiety, not to mention there’s the risk of getting mired in negative or repetitive thoughts and emotions. The worst part is that if you’re having a bad trip it’ll feel even longer because of the disorientation of time that comes with taking mushrooms.



Weed and psilocybin can be a wonderful combination, when done right. The weed can reinvigorate your shrooms trip when it goes off-peak and make the whole experience smoother. However, when your timing is off, or your head’s simply not in the right place, combining the two can dampen the best parts of the trip and unleash chaos. If you have any doubts, it’s better to err on the side of caution and not mix the two.


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What’s the Legal Status of Magic Mushrooms and How Does It Affect You?

What’s the Legal Status of Magic Mushrooms and How Does It Affect You

If you know your psilocybin history, then you’ve probably heard of Timothy Leary, the psychologist and strong advocate of psychedelic drugs whose psilocybin studies contributed greatly to the American counter culture movement in the 60s. Leary was actually inspired by a 1955 article published in Life magazine in which R. Gordon Wasson gave an account of his first-hand experience with magic mushrooms down in Mexico. Wasson and a colleague had also brought back some psychedelic mushrooms from Mexico which Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD, isolated and extracted psilocybin and psilocin.

From that point, life would never be the same again for Leary, who began experimenting with magic mushrooms at Harvard University, a quest that would cost him his job and have him labelled “the most dangerous man in America” by President Nixon. In 1968, magic mushrooms were declared illegal in the United States, and other countries like Canada followed suit. In 1971 Canada signed onto the Convention on Psychotropic Substances which formalized the banning of psychedelics across the world.


The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act was passed in 1996 and is a repeal of the Narcotic Control Act as well as parts of the Food and Drugs Act. Psilocybin is listed as a schedule III drug in the act. The passage of this law was actually a shift in the way Canadian authorities think and handle drug and substance-related offences. Although you can still incur a fine or jail time for possession of these prohibited drugs, the act considers extraneous circumstances during sentencing because it now views drug offences as a public health concern.

This change of attitude towards illicit drugs was set into motion in 1969 when the Canadian government set up a commission to review the system’s policy on drugs. The Le Dain Commission, as it was known, finished its work in 1972 and recommended several things, including decriminalizing the possession and use of marijuana. It also called for the gradual decriminalization of other drugs as further investigation into the drugs was undertaken. What the Commission was saying, in a nut shell, is that drug possession and use should be viewed as a public health issue and not as a criminal court matter. Unfortunately, the Canadian government sat on its hands on the issue, and only in 2018 decriminalized recreational use of marijuana for persons over 18.


Where Does This Leave Magic Mushrooms?

At the moment magic mushrooms are illegal under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, meaning you’re not permitted to possess, obtain or produce them without a prescription or license. However, magic mushroom spores and spore kits are not in themselves illegal, and you can grow and consume the mushrooms without running into trouble with the law.

In September 2019, there was an attempt to crack down on the sale of magic mushrooms by the Vancouver council, but the motion was defeated. Clearly, magic mushrooms are no longer seen as the threat they were thought to be during the counter culture movement of the ‘60s.

The relaxed mood regarding enforcement of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act means that users can take this opportunity to enjoy the benefits that magic mushrooms provide. The best way to do this is by buying magic mushrooms online which guarantees the privacy of your package. Using mail order means that the police are unlikely to interfere with your parcel. That said, we still recommend utmost discretion when consuming magic mushrooms.

After 50 years of psychedelics being illegal in the United States, the FDA has recently approved studies to explore their positive effects in treating depression, PTSD, addiction, and more. The early results are impressive.

Denver has become the first city in America to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. The city of Oakland is now the 2nd city in the US to decriminalize the adult use and procession of magic mushrooms (counsel unanimously agreed to decriminalize the use, procession, and cultivation of psychedelic plants). It’s likely just a matter of time before Canada does the same similar to Cannabis. The adventures have just begun.


Treatment Prospects

Luckily, the act having recognized the potential benefits of some psychoactive compounds allows the Health Minister to exempt substances like psilocybin for medical or scientific purposes. Several institutions have applied for these exemptions as they seek treatments for psychological problems such as depression and anxiety related to terminal illness.

The University of Toronto Mississauga is one such institution. It has already applied to Health Canada for the approval of its Psychedelic Studies Research Program. The University of Toronto plans to carry out the world’s first clinical trials on microdosing psilocybin.


The People Behind The Fight For Legalization

There are also individuals who have taken on the fight to have the ban on magic mushrooms fully lifted such as Bruce Tobin, a Psychotherapist and professor at the University of Victoria. Tobin is driven a strong desire to see cancer patients suffering from end of life distress get psychological support using psychoactive drugs like psilocybin.

He got interested in psilocybin a decade ago when a cancer patient who was suffering from intense depression approached him for help. Even after going through remission the woman still lived in constant fear that the cancer would return. But after trying psilocybin mushrooms she was able to overcome her depression and anxiety.

Since then Tobin has been fighting for patients to access psilocybin, and believes there are about 3,000 people in Canada who can benefit from medical psilocybin. He’s already written to Health Canada requesting special exemption from the current drug laws to allow him to acquire psilocybin for use in treating terminally ill cancer patients who have depression that can’t be treated through conventional means.

Tobin says he’ll file a motion in federal court asking for a judicial review of The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act if Health Canada fail to respond to his request for exemption. If his motion is defeated there, he plans to go all the way to the Supreme Court.


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Must Watch Films, Documentaries & Videos for Shroom Lovers

Must Watch Films Documentaries Videos for Shroom Lovers

Like all magic mushroom enthusiasts, here at we love being at the forefront of discovering any new information on our favorite pastime – shrooms. We thought we’d take time to highlight some TV programs, documentaries and films that we think might be beneficial in helping you have an even better psychedelic experience.

The Goop Lab 

You probably don’t need an introduction to Gwyneth Paltrow, the host and producer of this show that airs on Netflix. The Goop Lab is a documentary that talks about wellness and lifestyle. Paltrow and her Goop team created 6 episodes on wellness that you’ll find interesting. In the first episode titled “The Healing Trip”, Paltrow takes a look at the benefits of psychedelics in an interview with Mark Haden, the executive director of MAPS Canada. MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) has been promoting academic research and clinical studies regarding the healing potential of psychedelics while also collaborating with the FDA on this subject.


Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Here’s a good way to benchmark your psychedelic experiences. In this new 1hr 25 min documentary with celebrities like Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, and Sting share the highs and lows of their encounters with psychedelics albeit with a light touch. Comedy aside, there’s also an in-depth look at the history and science of hallucinogens as well as the impact they’ve had on pop culture.


The Push to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

After Denver became the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin, in May 2019, debate raged on whether Canada should follow suit. This interview between CBC News Network and Mark Haden, of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Canada discusses the push to legalize the drug as well as increasing research on psilocybin so as to treat conditions like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.


The Science of Psilocybin and Its Use to Relieve Suffering

In case you missed this TEDMED talk, it’s a great way to remind yourself what the psychedelic journey is all about, and what benefits it can bring to your life. Although the 15 minute talk was given in 2016 the material is just as relevant today, if not more, as it was back then.

Roland Griffiths, a psychiatrist and behavioral scientist reveals how psychedelic drugs can give patients, especially the terminally ill, spiritually meaningful, life changing experiences. In the talk Griffiths mainly focuses on the Psilocybin Research Project at Johns Hopkins, which he leads, and discloses how psilocybin has been tested in over 250 volunteers, including healthy people, cancer patients, smokers.


Fantastic Fungi

Forbes describes it as “a must see for anyone interested in life, death and the pursuit of the planet’s well-being”. Fantastic fungi is a nature documentary which looks at the connection between humans and mycelium. Narrated by Brie Larson, this captivating 74 minute film argues that the very core of the world and humanity depends on mushrooms, stating boldly, “We are creation, we are resurrection, condemnation and regeneration. We are mushrooms.”


Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

This fascinating feature documentary talks about the recent revival in psychedelic research, specifically on the various ways that psychedelics can be used in medicine. In a series of interviews with top researchers, psychologists and writers the 69 minute film tackles five powerful psychedelics LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis and the potential they have in medicinal use. The film features interviews with Gabor Maté, author of the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, and psychiatrist Julie Holland, among other guests.


DMT: The Spirit Molecule

This is an adaptation of Rick Strassman’s book that goes by the same name. This documentary investigates the psychoactive compound dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is found in Ayahuasca, and almost every living organism on earth. DMT is believed to be one of the most powerful psychedelics known, and this documentary gives us a behind-the-scenes look at ground breaking psychedelic research.


 A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin

Society gives a great deal of attention to cancer treatment, but not much focus goes into the emotions of the person who’s dying of cancer. A New Understanding tells the other side of the story while exploring the benefits of using psilocybin to treat the whole human being, and helping them to come to terms with death. For anyone interested in understanding the healing power of psychedelics, this is a must watch.


Aya: Awakenings

Aya: Awakenings is a documentary adapted from Rak Razam’s book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey. The film studies the powerful plant medicine ayahuasca which has been used traditionally for centuries but whose discovery by the modern world is a relatively recent event. Through the eyes of Razam, who tours the Amazon jungle to uncover this plant and the shamans who administer it, the film tells a wonderful story that blends narration, sound and mesmerising psychedelic visuals to great effect.


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7 Magic Mushroom Recipes That’ll Make Your Mouth Water

7 Magic Mushroom Recipes That’ll Make Your Mouth Water

We all know that magic mushrooms are the next best thing since sliced bread, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to chew and swallow raw. We’ve thought of a way around this and put together these seven shrooms recipes to make your tripping experience that little bit more satisfactory. Bon appetite!

1.    Mushroom Sesame Balls

What better way to enjoy the medicinal properties of oil-rich sesame seeds than by adding your favorite shrooms for a more wholesome trip? The best part is you can take them anywhere with you.

Your favorite Magic mushrooms dried and crushed into powder form
Twice the volume of whole sesame seeds
Fine honey
Pinch of salt


Set your stove at medium high temperature. Using a dry frying pan, lightly toast and stir your sesame seeds until they start to pop. Pour them into a bowl and leave them to cool. Set some seeds aside and use a blender to grind the rest until you can only see about 30% whole seeds. Throw in the mushrooms and blend some more, then pour the mixture into a bowl. Add a dash of salt and enough honey to attain a clay-like paste. Roll the mixture into one-inch balls then roll again in the whole sesame seeds you’d set aside. Using a tightly sealed container, store the sesame balls in a cool place.


2.    Honey Mushrooms

Another great but simple dish to prepare with honey. Although it’s somewhat a wasteful way of eating them, it’s so worth it because the honey mushrooms are so delicious.


Magic mushrooms & honey.


Use coarsely chopped mushrooms, dried or fresh as you please. Loosely pack them into a jar that’s shallow enough for you to reach the bottom using your fingers. Pour in some honey until there’s no more space in the jar. Hide them in a cool dark place and leave them for about a month or two, after which they should be ready to eat by fingerful. You can add mushroom crumbs into the jar when your done eating, and occasionally top up with more mushrooms and honey as the need arises.

Enjoy tripping in the company of friends while listening to music or enjoying some art.


3.    Mushghurt

What do you get when you add mushrooms to yogurt? More mushroom tea for you, if you said mushghurt. Nothing goes down smoother than mushroom yogurt, we guarantee!

Dice up your magic mushrooms and add them into your favorite yogurt. We recommend fruit yogurt because of the texture. In fact, the mushrooms really blend in well with chunks of apricot or whichever flavor of yogurt you choose.

Don’t forget to guard against any food raiders.


4.    Mushroom Jello

Some jello to go with your shrooms? Excellent idea!


Magic mushrooms

1 packet of jello



Heat 2 cups of water to just below the boiling point. Remove from the stove and steep your shrooms in the water for a few minutes, stirring every now and then. Strain out the mushrooms and use the water to mix with your favorite jello flavour. Refrigerate until it hardens.

For a more potent treat, stir the jello mixture with diced mushrooms before it sets, that is around one and a half hours after you’ve put it in the refrigerator.  Enjoy in the company of psychonauts for some psychedelic musings.


5.    Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

This is a special treat that really goes down well with the holidays.


Magic mushrooms

1/4 cup of peanut butter

1 to 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

Chocolate chips


Measure the amount of mushrooms you need to fit your dosage and grind with a blender or coffee maker. Add the powdered sugar to your peanut butter and mix together with the mushrooms until the mixture is stiff like dough. Divide it into four and roll into balls.

Melt the chocolate chips in a shallow dish using a microwave oven. Roll the peanut butter plus shroom balls in the melted chocolate until they are fully coated. Remove the balls and place them on paper cup cakes or waxed paper before placing them in the refrigerator.

Serve when ready to party.


6.    Magic mushroom Fruit Smoothie

What better way to get your fruit fix than by lacing your smoothie with some psilocybin?


Magic mushrooms
Frozen Fruit or ice with fresh fruit
Pulpy orange Juice e.g. HEB or a variant
Apple Juice


Take a couple of grams of mushrooms and toss them in the blender together with the other ingredients listed above. If you don’t have frozen fruit, you can always add dry ice to fresh fruit, although it could end up dilute the mixture more. If you’re using dried mushrooms you can first of all grind them with a coffee maker, before adding them otherwise blend them fresh together with the fruits.

Presto! You’re ready for your first psychedelic smoothie.


7.    Magic Mushroom Jacket Potato

Ever thought of serving your crisply baked potatoes with some mushrooms fillings? We mean the magic type, of course.


Potatoes, preferably the King Edward variety

You favorite topping eg grated helumi cheese or grated carrots

Dried mint

Freshly ground dried mushrooms

Butter or margarine


Heat your oven to around 2000C and bake for 20 minutes. Bake for another 45 minutes to 1 hour with the heat turned down to around 1800C until the flesh is soft and the skin crisp. Cut the shape of a cross on top of each potato, squeeze the sides, before adding some butter/margarine. Chop up the mushrooms and add them to the potatoes as the base. Throw in the dried mint and other toppings for the perfect finish.

Enjoy with a glass of water.


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Top 10 Benefits of Microdosing

Top 10 Benefits of Microdosing

It started out as a “productivity hack” among the Silicon Valley elite, but microdosing is now turning into a culture that’s hard to ignore. Luckily, researchers took the cue early and findings from their studies now corroborate what psychonauts have said all along- psychedelic mushrooms can improve your outlook on life and make you more productive.

But what, if any, are the benefits of microdosing compared to taking a full dose of hallucinogens? Here, we list 10 things we think you could be missing if you’re not microdosing.

1. Unlike A Full Psychedelic Trip, You Don’t Lose the Whole Day

Taking miniscule doses of psilocybin mushrooms, aka microdosing takes you to a good place without the other drawbacks associated with a full trip, namely spending the whole day spaced out in a deep spiritual journey. Don’t get us wrong, spiritual journeys can be very revealing and can help you alter your life trajectory in a good way, but they’re best left for weekends or your day off. If you want to feel good and keep on doing the everyday things that you need to do e.g. work, parenting- the mundane stuff- then microdosing is the way to go.


2. It Can Help With Depression and Anxiety

If you suffer from symptoms of anxiety or depression, microdosing can potentially lift you out of your misery and worldly concerns especially in situations where antidepressants don’t work. We’re not saying microdosing capsules should be used as a quick fix for deep lying mental problems, but there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence out there that microdosing on psilocybin makes you feel good about yourself.

There’s also experimental evidence that can be used to draw this conclusion. In a study, published in Scientific Reports 20 patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression were given psilocybin after which they reported an improvement in mood and stress relief. MRI analysis of their brain activity showed changes in blood flow in areas of the brain that are responsible for handling emotional responses, stress, and fear.

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, of the Imperial London College, the lead in the study, says patients who’ve received psilocybin therapy go through a cathartic emotional release, helping them come to terms with the causes for their depression. This is different from the effects of antidepressants, which only dull the patients’ emotions.


3. Microdosing Leads To Relaxation and a Better Mood

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, magic mushrooms can create feelings of relaxation that resemble the effects of low doses of marijuana. Shrooms alter the user’s perception by acting on the brain’s neural circuits via a chemical messenger known as serotonin. In particular, they affect the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which controls abstract thinking as well as thought analysis. More crucially, the visual cortex plays a key role in mood and perception. That’s the reason why, going by what NIDA says, trippers experience sensations “that are enjoyable and mentally stimulating and that produce a sense of heightened understanding”.


4. It Improves Creativity

Microdosers are more creative. That’s according to a survey done by Thomas Anderson and Rotem Petranker, both Clinical Psychology PhD students in Canada, who examined the relationship between microdosing psychedelics and mental health. Their research compared people who microdose to those who don’t and found that microdosers scored better on “key mental health and well-being measures”, specifically on wisdom, open-mindedness and creativity.

Those who scored well on wisdom were people who saw things from multiple perspectives, learned from mistakes, and were in tune with emotions and people. Creativity, on the other hand, implied discovering unusual uses for regular household objects.


5. You’re More Focused When You Microdose

In another study on Psychedelic microdosing benefits and challenges 278 microdosers reported on their various experiences with LSD and psilocybin. The research sought to know whether microdosing had helped them improve certain aspects of their lives such as mood, meditative practices, exercise, diet and sleeping habits. It found that almost 15 % of respondents reported having better focus and concentration. They also demonstrated more conscious awareness, engagement and attentiveness, as well as mindfulness.


6. It Increases Your Emotional Sensitivity

Micro-dosing makes you a warmer, more approachable person. In the two studies cited above, the researchers were able to demonstrate that microdosers had better social skills. They were more extroverted, showed more empathy and a sense of connection with other people. In some cases they even had more verbal fluency.


7. Microdosing Enables You to Control the Dosage You Take

It sounds like a no-brainer, but the ability to control how much hallucinogens you take versus the kind of high you want is critical. For a successful outcome, micro-dosing also requires the discipline to follow a predictable schedule, typically every 3 days or so. Do this, and you’ll make microdosing well-suited for most everyday activities rather than a disruptive exercise.

Microdosers generally agree that a proper microdose is about a tenth of a full dose of the psychedelic substance, and does not result in any intoxication. This is corroborated by a study that investigated how ordinary users of psychedelics approach microdosing.

Here at we recommend dosing yourself every two to three days, or three times a week, starting with a 0.100g or 100mg microdose. By taking our microdosing capsules, you’re guaranteed a more accurate dosage. You’ll also find that consuming in the morning enables the effects to last all day without interfering with your sleep.


8. Microdosing Can Help You Kick Bad Habits like Smoking, Opioids and Alcoholism

It seems like a paradox, doesn’t it? That one mind-altering substance can outweigh dependence on another. But that’s what magic mushrooms do, as researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered with regards to psilocybin’s capability of fighting nicotine addiction. Another team of scientists from Boston University and Harvard Medical School have also reported in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that people who abuse opioids were less likely to abuse opioids if they also had experience with psychedelic drugs, meaning psychedelics offer some kind of protection.  Needless to say there are plenty of testimonials by microdosers who say they’re already microdosing to help them quit addictive habits.


9. Microdosing Can Improve You Physiologically

Some microdosers in the above experiment (3.0% or 24 reports) said miniscule doses of psilocybin taken regularly enhanced their visual senses, cardiovascular endurance, and sleep quality.


10. Microdosing Can Help in Managing Migraines

Anyone who suffers from constant treatment resistant migraines or cluster headaches knows how unbearable they can make your life. This has driven some people to seek alternative treatments online, and luckily for them microdosing on psilocybin seems to hold the answer. A study published in the Harm Reduction Journal described psychedelic tryptamines (alkaloids found in psychedelic substances) as being “remarkably effective” in treating migraines by a majority of the participants in the research. The study noted that “Only psychedelic treatments are shown to stop the recurrence of the cluster cycle.” It went on to say that sufferers used a “busting” dosing regimen as the most effective strategy to treat their headaches. The most positive news to come out of the research was that no severe adverse effects were reported, although there were some cases of discomfort.


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Top 8 Benefits of Shrooms

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For years, magic mushrooms have been known to give people remarkable spiritual experiences enabling members of ancient tribes such as the Aztecs to communicate with their gods. Now consensus is building among researchers that shrooms aren’t necessarily the harmful and addictive drugs they’re made out to be. In fact, they could provide the key in holistic healing for human beings.

Here’s a look at 8 Benefits Shrooms:


1.   Shrooms Soothes Anxiety

If you’re the kind of person who suffers from bouts of anxiety, there’s some good news for you. Psilocybin mushrooms can help reduce your anxiety levels. A study conducted by a team of scientists at John Hopkins showed that moderate doses of shrooms in conjunction with psychotherapy helped terminally ill patients overcome anxiety and depression caused by their diagnosis. After a 6 hour treatment almost 80% of the participants showed significantly reduced anxiety and depression, results that were still evident 6 months down the line. 83% of those treated reported they were more satisfied with their quality of life, while two-thirds admitted their psilocybin session was one of the five most important experiences in their lives.


2.   Magic Mushrooms Lowers Depression

You may or may not know this, but Canadians are ranked as one of the highest users of antidepressants in the world. OECD, which released this statistic says that as much as 9% of Canada’s population is on one medication or other for fighting depression. Luckily a lot of research has been done on psilocybin therapy in relation to depression. In fact, psilocybin therapy has been given “breakthrough therapy” status by the FDA for the treatment of depression meaning its approval for such use is now being fast tracked.

Among the more promising outcomes of research is a 2017 study by the Imperial College London which found that psilocybin “may effectively reset the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression.” A different study also showed that psilocybin combined with psychological support can revive one’s emotional responsiveness. It suggested that the chemical works without emotionally blunting patients as is the case with conventional antidepressants.


3.   Shrooms Alleviates OCD Symptoms

You’re probably familiar with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a condition that’s associated with unreasonable thoughts and fears that result in compulsive behaviors like constantly washing your hands for fear of germs, or the need to arrange things in a specific way. Patients suffering from bipolar disorders are usually the most affected. Studies done by the University of Arizona showed that magic mushrooms were able to successfully treat the symptoms related to this disorder.

According to Dr. Francisco Moreno and Dr. Brian Bayze who work at the university, psilocybin works together with various serotonin receptors in the brain, including those which control certain brain regions of individuals with OCD. By treating them with multiple doses of shrooms, the binding activity of serotonin receptors changes thereby reducing such symptoms.


4.   It Can Treat Addiction

Whether you’re addicted to smoking, alcohol, or cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms could provide the answer to breaking these habits. One pilot study conducted by John Hopkins University researchers revealed that psilocybin therapy enabled participants to abstain from smoking for a period of 12 months during which follow-up was done.

Matthew Johnson, an associate professor of psychiatry, who led the study believes shrooms can potentially treat other substance abuse disorders like alcohol and cocaine addiction. According to him, these disorders are caused by “a narrowed mental and behavioral repertoire”. Such people can be shaken out of their routines using well-coordinated psilocybin therapy sessions.


5.   Magic Mushrooms Stimulates Growth of New Brain Cells

We know that psilocybin can help the brain establish new connections across its different regions but, get this, it can also help the growth of neorons in the brain. Research done by the University of South Florida showed that psilocybin enabled lab rats to overcome their fear by promoting the growth of new neurons in their brains, a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. To put it differently, psilocybin repairs and grows brain cells by binding itself to receptors in the nerve cells that stimulate healing. Dr. Briony Catlow, the study leader, hopes the findings can be extended to humans in clinical trials.


6.   Psychedelic Mushrooms boost your creativity

It’s no secret that magic mushrooms improve your mood. At higher doses shrooms can send you into a euphoric state, but they can also promote a sense of creativity and insightfulness even at lower doses better known as microdoses. A 2018 study published in the journal Psychopharmacology corroborates this. It found that participants who microdosed on psychedellic mushrooms came up with more ideas on how to solve a task. The researchers found that they “were more fluent, flexible and original in the possibilities they came up with”.


7.   They Can Change Your Personality

Although brain function generally returns to normal after psilocybin psychotherapy session, research has shown that some effects can last longer. One such study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that psilocybin can result in long-term changes in behaviors, attitudes and values. While studying its effect on five broad domains of personality- neuroticism, extroversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, it demonstrated that there were “significant increases in openness following a high-dose psilocybin session.”

Openness refers to an individual’s attitude towards new experiences, and goes hand in hand with characteristics like imagination, creativity and aesthetic appreciation. In the study researchers reported that openness not only increased during the psilocybin sessions with participants, but almost 60% of the participants maintained a significantly higher level of openness more than one later. However, those who went through this personality change are only the ones who had a complete mystical experience during their high-dose session. The study went on to explain that the high dose should be administered under supportive conditions.


8.   Shrooms Can Potentially Treat Alzheimer’s

Following the findings by scientists that psilocybin promotes neuroplasticity in the brain, psychiatrists like Prof. Roland Griffiths from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine think there’s an opportunity to study the effects of psychedelics in people with early Alzheimer’s disease. Speaking to Forbes, he said, “To the extent that these drugs produce neuroplasticity, there may be some enduring effects on cognitive process,” Although that’s in the future, he’s happy  that for now they know they can treat depression that comes with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis using magic mushroom drugs.



As much as magic mushrooms provide the health benefits described above, it’s good to remember that higher doses are administered in a controlled clinical situation. If you’re not highly experienced in taking psilocybin mushrooms we recommend that you start off by microdosing then increase your dosage as you get used to their effects.


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It’s My First Shrooms Trip, What Should I do?

How to Prepare for Your Shrooms Trip

It’s normal to be a little anxious before your first magic mushroom psilocybin trip. But you can relax, we’ve got your back on this one. We’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts, and generally tried to give you an idea of what to expect inside your psychedelic journey.

First up, you need to know that the effects of the shroom will depend on:

  1. The dosage: at lower doses like the minidose (0.5g-1g) or museum dose (1g-2g), psilocybin mushrooms will mainly distort your sense of perception. But at higher doses (2g-5g) you will begin to experience powerful hallucinations referred to as spiritual trips.
  2. The strain of psilocybin mushroom: there are several types including the Big Mex, The Ecuadorian, or the Transkei Cubensis that will give you varying trip outcomes effects. That’s because they have different concentrations of alkaloids. Some, like the Transkei will give you more powerful visuals compared to the Golden Teacher which is mellower.
  3. Your mental status: you need to be in a good place mentally before taking shrooms, otherwise issues buried in your subconscious mind will bubble to the surface. Your worst fears could be amplified during your trip.


What Effects Should I Expect From Psilocybin Mushrooms?

Like most psychedelic trips, mushroom trips, vary from one individual to the next. Some may perceive intense visual effects, while others may have a more introspective psychedelic experience.

During the trip you’ll start feeling some interesting sensations in your body; this is normally what is referred to as a spiritual adventure. At this point you’ll feel as if there are no limits to time and space. You feel deeply connected with the universe.

Your sense of taste, smell and touch, as well as your hearing, and vision gain new dimensions like you never imagined. Expect the objects around you to become more vivid and concentrated, acquiring a new clarity.

Soon you’ll start giggling uncontrollably as euphoria takes over. You’ll hear the sounds around you begin to echo as the things you eat (if you do manage to keep it down) gain a new exciting taste.

Close your eyes and you’ll see intense 3D geometric patterns, rotating and switching into different intricate shapes. Open them and the walls, floor and ceiling will be covered by these patterns dancing in their full glare, almost as if some strange kaleidoscope has taken over your normal senses.

Next are your thoughts. They’ll flow freely and effortlessly, gaining a life of their own. They may diverge into different trains of thought, taking place simultaneously until they eventually converge. Prepare to experience life-like dreams played out by your subconscious in your mind’s eye.


What Rules Should I Observe?

  1. Don’t forget the “Set and Setting” Rule

The “set” is your state of mind. Try to relax and have positive thoughts as much as possible before taking the  magic mushrooms. If you’re anxious or annoyed don’t take shrooms otherwise your trip can quickly turn into a frightening and messy experience.

The “setting” is the physical environment and person(s) around you. If you want to have good vibes from your experience be in the company of a positive and reassuring person whom you’re comfortable with.

  1. Have a Trip Sitter

A “trip sitter” is someone, possibly a friend, who takes up the responsibility of looking after you, the tripper. Having someone like that around makes the atmosphere safer and can help in case you run into problems you can’t handle on your own. They can take shrooms in small doses just to keep you company and so as to empathize with what you’re experiencing.

  1. Use the Correct Shroom Dosage

How much shrooms should you take, can be a tricky question. It’s always best to err on the side of caution. Start slowly with a microdose of say, 0.5g and then refill once you reach the peak. Don’t try taking a full dose if it’s your first time, because you may not be able to handle its potency. Here’s how much magic mushrooms you should take to get the desired effects.

  1. Don’t Drive

You shouldn’t drive a vehicle or operate any kind of heavy machinery while you’re under the influence of shrooms. Also don’t take mushrooms a day before an important event like doing an exam or attending a job interview.

  1. Don’t get in Trouble with the Law

Mushrooms are best taken indoors either at home or in a place that’s familiar and comfy. That way, in case things don’t go according to plan, you can maintain your privacy. Keep off the streets when you’re taking mushrooms for the first time.

  1. Things to do on Shrooms

There’s lots of fun things you can do when tripping on magic mushrooms like relaxing on the couch or bed, look at art, watch a movie, listen to good music, play video games, or go stargazing.



Without a doubt experiencing a “bad trip” can turn you off experimenting with magic mushrooms. A bad trip can happen when you do it in the wrong environment and your dosing is all wrong. Luckily, deadly overdoses caused by magic mushrooms are a rare occurrence. Magic mushrooms have, in fact, been rated as the safest recreational drug in the world by the Global Drug Survey.

The long and short of it is when used correctly, shrooms can provide an amazing experience, but they must be treated with care and respect.


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How Do Magic Mushrooms Affect My Brain?

How Does Magic Mushrooms Affect My Brain

There’s a reason why magic mushrooms rank among the most popular hallucinogens in the world. They open up your mind in the most surreal way, and help you connect spiritually to a world you never knew existed.  All this without you necessarily turning into an addict. In fact, the opposite is quite true regarding psilocybin mushrooms. Alongside other psychedelic substances like Ayahuasca and LSD, scientists believe these hallucinogens hold the key to curing other addictions like smoking, or treating conditions such as depression.


Chemical Makeup

Most hallucinogens are alkaloids by nature and their chemical structures closely resemble those of natural neurotransmitters. However, they differ from other drugs like stimulants and opioids (which are also alkaloids) in that they take you to a different level of consciousness. Opioids will give you a relaxed feeling while stimulants will energize you, but they don’t fundamentally change your conscious experience. You can only compare the psychedelic experience produced by magic mushrooms to other extraordinary forms of consciousness such as yoga, meditation, trance, religious ecstasy or near death experiences.



Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic chemical found in over 180 species of mushrooms, commonly referred to as psilocybin mushrooms. The genus Psilocybe, ranks amongst the most potent among the magic mushroom family. Psilocybin is a prodrug, meaning it is biologically inactive and only turns into a drug once it is metabolized by the body to produce psilocin. The chemical psilocin is what produces mind-altering effects comparable to other psychedelics like LSD or mescaline.

Historically, psilocybin mushrooms have played an important part during Mesoamerican spiritual and religious ceremonies. It’s easy to see why. Shrooms don’t just give you a body high, they produce a most profound spiritual effect. When taken in microdoses, they give users a lasting feel good factor that keeps them more focused in their work. That’s the reason they’ve grown in popularity and are -now finding their way into mainstream society in the developed world.

How do Magic Mushrooms Work?

Psilocybin works by binding to serotonin, a chemical that’s produced by nerve cells which aids the communication between these cells.

This is how it happens:

  • Upon reaching your stomach, psilocybin is converted into another chemical called psilocin.
  • Psilocin binds to serotonin receptors called 5-HT2A altering the way your brain functions.
  • Your visual cortex becomes more active, altering the way you perceive things.
  • The visual cortex is the part of your brain that causes abstract thinking, thought analysis, and is responsible for mood and perception.

What psilocybin really does is to create new links across different parts of the human brain that are usually disconnected. You can think of psilocybin as a conductor guiding an orchestra. Studies using brain imaging have actually shown what a great influence psilocybin has on neural functions.

In one example, a study published in Scientific Reports followed the treatment with psilocybin of 20 patients suffering from clinical depression. The drug was administered in two doses of 10 mg and 25 mg spaced one week apart. 19 of the 20 patients had their brains scanned before and after a high dose treatment. The MRI scans were used to measure alterations in blood flow as well as the communication between different areas of the brain.  After the treatment patients reported an improvement in mood as well as stress relief.


Psilocybin Works Differently Than Antidepressants

More and more studies are now being done using magic mushrooms to treat certain conditions like anxiety, addiction and even depression with some level of success. They’ve also been known to help manage illnesses like cluster headaches.

Neuroscientists are still not sure exactly how psychedelics work. However, MRI imaging has been able to show that patients’ brains experience reduced blood flow and appear to rest better after taking psilocybin. By contrast, patients suffering from depression and anxiety tend to display abnormally high brain activity.

Patients on psilocybin also undergo a resetting of their brains where the connections between various regions of their brains break down and then reintegrate. This could be the reason why persons treated with psilocybin are able to overcome compulsive behavior as well as depression.

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, of the Imperial London College, says participants who’ve received psilocybin therapy go through a cathartic emotional release, unlike the effects of antidepressants, which only dull the patients’ emotions. According to him, antidepressants and behavioral therapy, the traditional methods of treating depression, can take several weeks if not months to show results and don’t always produce the desired results. Psilocybin encourages patients to face their depression head-on because it works in tandem with our serotonin system to enhance emotional responses.


What Effects Should I Expect From Magic Mushrooms?

A moderate dose of psilocybin mushrooms (1 to 2.5g) takes you on a trip where your emotional experiences are intensified and your level of introspection is heightened. Your entire psychological functioning is altered as you go through a transient state between being awake and sleep. MRI scans of the brain have actually shown that a psilocybin trip is pretty much like dreaming.

One hour or so after ingesting psilocybin, you will start to go through changes of perception like illusions, loss of sense of time and synaesthesia. Visuals will become more enhanced and you will start seeing halos around lights and objects and sometimes even geometric patterns when you close your eyes.

You’ll feel awed and enchanted by the world around you, but at the same time you’ll feel connected to it and very much at peace. For some people, changes in the way they perceive things can last for a number of days.

Expect your thoughts and emotions to also go through some changes. Thoughts and feelings that you keep under the lid in your ordinary life may start to bubble to the surface. Try not to suppress these feelings; instead let them reach their logical conclusion. People who experience strong negative emotions report also feeling calm and detached afterwards.



There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that shows magic mushrooms is helping improve the lives of ordinary white collar and blue collar folks by helping them boost their creativity and productivity. Science is now backing that evidence with hard facts.

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