This is a comprehensive guide to the fascinating world of psychedelic mushrooms

The hallucinogenic qualities of magic mushrooms (also known as shrooms) have been used by people for hundreds of years. They contain a compound that occurs naturally called psilocybin. This produces mind-altering results. This guide explores shrooms’ history, their effects, safety and the latest research. Can you overdose on shrooms?

Ancient cultures, such as Aztecs and Mayans used shrooms in their religious ceremonies because of its psychoactive properties. The counterculture movement of the Western World in the 1950s and 60s brought shrooms to the West. Scientists have studied them extensively, especially in the fields of psychiatry.

These effects include altered perception, mood swings and changes in the thought process. This intensity and duration can be affected by factors including dosage, user weight and individual sensitivities. The effects are usually at their peak for around 2-3 hours. After that, they gradually return to normal over several hours.

Shrooms’ primary psychoactive ingredient, psilocybin binds to receptors of serotonin in the brain. This leads to changes in cognition, perception and mood. Synesthesia and altered perception of time and spatial orientation are common in shroom users.

Shrooms, while generally safe, can cause harm if they are not handled responsibly. Nausea, vomiting and anxiety are all possible side effects. In addition, shrooms may trigger mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or depression.

You should always buy shrooms only from reliable sources. There are many mushroom species which look the same but can be poisonous. You should also take the right dose, because high dosages can cause an overwhelming and intense experience.