Shrooms, or Magic Mushrooms, are generally not monitored and illegal. This is one reason why many are wondering if consuming it is dangerous, even to the point of potentially dying. In this article, we will learn about the possible risks that you will encounter when dealing with shrooms.
What are Magic Mushrooms?
Magic mushrooms are described as hallucinogenic fungi which have been used for quite some time in certain cultures, particularly as a spiritual aid. They have become popular eventually as a recreational drug. They carry a certain compound, psilocybin, which, when ingested, turns into psilocin.
This chemical works in activating the serotonin receptors in the brain. In turn, it triggers vivid hallucinations, leading to a feeling of euphoria. Later on, many users report their perception of time and space changing.
Since magic mushrooms are found in the wild, they are often considered as safe – an alternative to stronger drugs. However, it does not mean that there are no potential risks that are linked with consuming and tripping on shrooms.
One thing to note, however, is that there are only limited studies that were conducted on magic mushrooms, which is why those who are using it as the recreational drug will experience different outcomes. Still, here are some of the possible risks.
A Bad Trip
One of the most common effects of taking shrooms is a bad trip, which could come in the form of symptoms such as chills, nausea, headaches, or vomiting. There are also some reports of going through some negative psychological effects including anxiety, paranoia, as well as extreme terror.
This bad trip is psychological distress which is considered as among the most common negative effects of psilocybin. The simplest can be a basic bad trip, or as strong as experiencing disturbing hallucinations which can even last for several days.
Under certain circumstances, these mind-boggling effects of mushrooms that contain psilocybin may last from 6 to 8 hours, still depending on the method of preparation, dosage, as well as personal metabolism. The first 3 to 4 hours are generally the strongest, though the effects may last longer due to the ability of psilocybin to alter perception to time.
If you are also dealing with mood disorders and other psychological problems and you are taking shrooms, there is a tendency that your anxiety will only get worsened. A reason for this is how psilocybin works on our brain, possibly introducing some negative consequences for those whose mental health is not that stable.
Even for individuals who do not have pre-existing mental conditions, these worsened anxieties and increased panic attacks may still happen after consuming shrooms. As the substances in these mushrooms interact with the body, you are exposing it to the potential of experiencing these anxieties, as well as other effects including lightheadedness and dizziness.
Wrong Mushroom – Serious Risk
Another important thing to note is that not all mushrooms can give you the impact that shrooms give. Consuming the wrong type can pose a serious risk. One of the worse cases that could happen when taking mushrooms is that if you end up ingesting a poisonous kind accidentally, it could be really dangerous.
This is mainly applicable for those who attempt to harvest their mushrooms from the wild, as they are the ones that are particularly at risk of being poisoned accidentally from toxic varieties because it is quite easy to mistake them with other types of harmful mushrooms.
Among the most common symptoms of poisoning from mushrooms include confusion, muscle weakness, delirium, and gastrointestinal issues. They may also be mistaken as a form of a bad trip, which is why it is often recommended to seek immediate medical assistance if consuming a toxic variety of mushrooms is a possibility.
Permanent Brain Change
This effect has something to do with the impact of psychedelics, in general, on the brain. Even though it is possible that taking these substances may further induce psychosis, studies that were conducted in environments that are controlled say that psychosis development and the drugs are not associated.
Psychosis can be triggered with the use of psychedelic drugs and induced by the presence of psilocybin, with results similar to that of schizophrenia. This only means that individuals who have a family history of this condition, as well as other psychotic issues are more prone to experiencing these forms of psychotic episodes.
There is also a risk of possibly developing HPPD or Hallucinogen-induced Persisting Perception Disorder. This causes a person to continually experience flashbacks of previous experiences, months, or even after years of their last use. This can, in turn, lead to severe distress.
It is highly likely that consuming magic mushrooms can impair your judgment. This is because it is common to experience an altered reality and hallucinations with this fungus. As such, this altered perception may lead to individuals taking risks or even placing themselves in situations that could potentially endanger them. While shrooms, in itself, cannot lead to death, the effects of these poor decisions may put the life of a person in danger.
Shrooms may also increase the risk of experiencing injury as it impairs judgment, while also causing drowsiness, confusion, as well as poor motor coordination. Still, it should be acknowledged that there has been no research done that associates the use of recreational mushrooms with other risky behaviors.
Despite the possibility of shroom overdose, the good news is that they do not lead to death. Overdose is a risk that is also possible and often overlooked by some, as rare as it may be. Some signs of overdose from mushrooms include paranoia, panic attacks, vomiting, psychosis, seizures, and agitation. At the same time, the effects of consuming too many shrooms can last up to 8 hours, though it is still possible for some of these effects to take days before they subside.