There are several species of hallucinogenic mushrooms, the most common being of the Psilocybe genus and containing the chemical substance Psilocybin. Other hallucinogenic species of the Panaeolus genus (common in southeast USA) are also sometimes used. For thousands of years other mushrooms were utilized for their mind-altering effects, including species of the Agaric, Conocybe, and Stropharia genus.
The effects of Psilocybin include colorful visual hallucinations, spatial, time, and color distortions, and occasionally auditory alterations. A sense of leaving one’s body may occur. In higher doses physical effects such as lightheadedness, numbness of the mouth, or anxiety may be noticed. Rarely flashbacks or depression may be seen after mushroom use. The hallucinations are often less severe than with LSD and “shrooms” have been referred to “LSD with training wheels.”
Physical – None. Psychological – Moderate.
Method of Use:
Mushrooms are consumed raw, dried, or as a soup. Pcilocybe mushrooms have a bitter flavor.
Strong hallucinogen with less harsh distortion of ego than LSD. Can be relaxing. Probably less fatal “bad trips” than LSD.
Illegal. Bad taste. Long trip. Driving is basically impossible and should not even be considered.