Psilocybin is a drug that is chemically extracted from Psilocybin mushrooms. This is not an over-the-counter drug, so people buy it as dried or fresh mushrooms and sometimes as powder capsules. The drug has active hallucinogens, and the strength of the drug depends on the type of mushroom and whether the drug comes from fresh or dried mushrooms.
Psilocybin Mushrooms Used in Rituals
Some cultural rituals used mushrooms to increase sensitivity and awareness. Today, people take small doses of Psilocybin of about 4 to 8 mg for various reasons. Mostly people take it to feel relaxed both mentally and physically, However, due to hallucinogens, the drug causes alterations in your mind, thus making people lose sense of reality. The drug is taken orally, and after half an hour, you might start seeing and hearing things that do not exist; that is, you start having delusions. Some people find pleasure in this state and to some extent take it as a form of intellectual stimulation, but it can lead to negative emotional experiences like mood swings. The drug also can affect your nervous system causing abnormalities on the structure and functionality.
The delusional effects experienced after taking Psilocybin mushrooms can be dangerous. Worse still, people cannot tell the difference between Psilocybin mushrooms from other mushroom species. People need to take care since some mushrooms are very poisonous and the after-effects can lead to death. However, when you experience symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pains after taking mushrooms, you should seek help immediately. Since it is difficult to tell the amount of hallucinogens contained in Psilocybin mushrooms, people should avoid taking these mushrooms at all. When taken in large quantities, people become exposed to very intense hallucinations that can be very terrifying, unpleasant, and introduce life-changing experiences by introducing anxiety, panic, and disorient your thinking process for the rest of your life.
Effects of Psilocybin Mushrooms
When you take Psilocybin mushrooms containing higher dosages of hallucinogens, you might show symptoms like dizziness, numbness on the lips, tongue, or mouth, shivering, sweating, nausea, anxiety, and facial flushing. It also makes people feel like they have been separated from their surroundings. Hallucinogens have mind-altering capabilities that cause misidentification; thus, can make people cause serious accidents especially when driving or operating machinery.
Taking large quantities of Psilocybin can have long-term effects as the drug can expose you to very unpleasant hallucinations. The drug can also trigger or aggravate schizophrenia, depression, or mania to people with mental illness or history of mental abnormalities. Although hallucinogen addiction is rare, it is easy to build tolerance with regular use.
When your friend or relative is exposed to the drug, you should take them to a quiet and comfortable place to avoid visual contact with people, noise. Essentially, the environment has a lot of effect on how the person reacts to the hallucinations. Talking to the person throughout to comfort them about the particular experience comforts, reassures, and encourages the person to shake the effects off. Psilocybin usage is prohibited, and anyone found in possession or selling the drug can face imprisonment. We should all work together to abolish this illegal trade or usage to better our health and those around us.