If you are not an expert in identifying wild mushrooms, don't go out and
try to pick magic mushrooms in the wild ". You might pick a really poisonous
mushroom. Before you go hunting make sure that you are able to identify the
magic mushrooms you are looking for, and that you are aware of the poisonous
Eating magic mushrooms that have gone bad
When you are growing your own magic mushrooms and the become covered with
mold DO NOT eat them. When you have bought (fresh) or picked magic
mushrooms and they have gone bad (dark brown, black, moldy), DO NOT eat
them. Moldy or bad mushrooms may contain poisons and harmful bacteria that
could make you very ill.
Magic mushrooms contain psilocin and psilocybin psilocybin. These
compounds are psychedelics. They will cause an effect similar to a "trip" on
LSD. Loss of reality may be experienced and severe anxiety and paranoia can
occur. You may experience a bad trip. The most important rule to prevent a
voyage into hell is: START WITH A LOW DOSE.
Avoid Fly agarics ( Amanita Muscaria )
A lot of people trip on Fly Agaric and call them magic
mushrooms as well.
However, don't confuse psilocype mushrooms with Amanita
Muscaria (fly agaric). There is no psilocybin nor psilocin in Fly Agaric and
we don't consider it a 'real' magic mushroom.
The (red with white dots) Amanita Muscaria can cause a
very unpleasant experience and health problems. Potential symptoms of
Muscarine, an active alkaloid of Fly Agaric and other Amanita's, followed
after ingestion as described by The Merck Index are: nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea, headache and bronchospasm. With larger doses: acrimation,
incontinence, bracycardia, hypotension and shock. Ibotanic acid, also an
active substance of the Amanita's may cause brain damage as described by
various authors on Public Medline. Muscimole is another active alkaloid in
Amanita Muscaria. Its symptoms after oral intake are described by Richard
Schultzes and Albert Hofmann as confusion, disorientation in situation and
time perception, disturbance of visual function and hearing, muscle
twitching, weariness, fatigue and sleep. Psychic performance and learning
are diminished. Jochem Gartz, a well known mushroom specialist warnes in his
book 'Magic Mushrooms around the world' that Amatoxins contained in the
Amanita's may be lethal!
What's more! Amanita's are legal everywhere, even in the
USA. Would the drug tsars keep a drug legal that is really nice?
Magic mushroom dangers Q and A
Would you please set me straight on mushrooms. My 17
year old son has been taking mushrooms and unfortunately he likes them. He
has told me that the drugs contained in mushrooms only stays in your system
for one day and has no lasting effects . How close to LSD are mushrooms? I
have been told that if you have a tendency for depression and if it runs in
your family that LSD can trigger a reaction to your depression tendencies. I
know this to be very true because my wife's cousin was into LSD and he went
into a major breakdown and is still having problems at 35,he was 17 when
this happened. Is there any research on the effect of mushrooms having the
same reaction to a person with depression tendencies? Any input would be
appreciated, my son has to much potential to be wasting it messing around
with drugs that could potentially ruin his life, thanks, Dave.
Hi Dave, Just one day: TRUE. Mushrooms are not so
"heavy" as LSD. Mushrooms like other psychedelics may bring psychological
problems to the surface: TRUE. All in all he risks are not very great if
taken with care (low dose, not more often than once a month, right set and
setting). Not addictive. Hope this helps, dick.
Hi. First like to congratulate you on your well
informing website, very didactic. I am quite a small girl and my mates want
me to go camping with them to do shrooms, does the amount you should take
depend on your weight? What should I do if I have a bad trip? I think
everybody is going to be on them so I really can't count on them for help in
casa anything goes wrong. Is is ok to smoke hash ? Thank you. Lucy
Smoking hash is ok. Just take at most 1 gram dry and
wait for 90 minutes If everything goes nicely, take more. What you could do
is have a downer at hand if things go nasty. For example: some (1) valium
(diazepam 30-40 mg), or (2) temesta (7.5 mg) or (3) seresta (oxazepam 50
mg). BTW: if you really are afraid of taking MM's, don't do it. I mean,
don't be pushed in it if you actually don't feel like it. hope this helps,
My name is Nicole and i had a terrible experience yesterday on shrooms. i
had eaten shrooms twice before with no problem and can say i really enjoyed
it. i am 5'2 and about 115 lbs. this time, when i ate the 8th, i didn't even
finish them all. i felt fine at first. we were going to go to the beach to
"people watch." I got up to go to the bathroom first and all of a sudden i
felt extreme anxiety. i have never been so scared in my life. i felt like i
was fighting with my self. i started screaming at my boyfriend. everything i
saw was changing and i didn't know where i was. i was being really mean to
him one sec and the next second i was apologizing trying to tell him i
didn't mean it. i could not understand anything that was going on. i had no
concept of anything. even time. i kept asking what time it was. literally a
min felt like it should have been 2 or 3 hours. (we ate the shrooms at 9
am). he tried to put on some soothing music and i made him take it out. I
couldn't even watch commercials with music on TV
Now 24 hours later i feel extremely sad and not quite myself. I know you
will answer this email on your website, but i would appreciate it if you
could email me back and tell me what happened. how can i get myself feeling
normal again? thank you
Hi Nicole, Sorry to read your story. Really nasty.
What exactly happened, i don't know. But the confusion and extreme visuals
points to a (to) high dose. Probably the magic mushrooms really started to
take effect in the bathroom and you were not up to the intensity of the
rapid take off. ( "oh, oh this is going out of hand" ). A natural reaction
is trying to keep full control, and because this is impossible, you get
frightened. The same happened to me a few times.
What Now? First. You will feel better in the future, but it will take some
time. A bad experience always make people feel bad. Try to make the best of
of it by figuring out what was the source of your anxiety.
Making another pleasant trip will also make you feel better. But for you
take again, give yourself time, and start with a low dose. !!! If you're
really afraid, don't do it at all. !!!
All the best and feel free to email me again. Bye, Dick
REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE - I had a really bad experience on
mushrooms when I took them for my 2nd time. The first time it was incredible
I had uncontrollable laughter and fun visuals. The 2nd time was completely
diff in every way. About 20 mins after taking them my tongue started to
vibrate inside my mouth. About 20 minutes after that I felt as though I was
going to faint and I drooped to the floor. For the next 5 or 6 hrs I was
lying down feeling as though my brain was being squeezed and the maddest
things were coming out. I was quite literally in another realm rolling about
and acting insane. 2 weeks after the incident I started getting panic
attacks which lasted for about a week. 3 months on and I still feel very out
of sorts. I often feel faint, sick and paranoid with a racing heart beat. I
have stopped drinking and smoking weed completely which breaks my heart and
I don't feel well enough to go out and enjoy myself with my friends. Is this
unusual unheard of? If not what can I do to help and how long does it
usually take to go away? Any help would be very much appreciated, thanks.
FIRST: this is really shit man; sorry to hear. SECOND:
are you sure that you were taking psilocybin mushrooms and not some other
kind (for example Amanita's?) THIRD: I ask this because, i never heard about
such a intensely physical response. Lots of people -- including -- myself
(on LSD) have had nasty experiences on psychedelics. And it is not uncommon
(as with me) that they can echo for some time. But as I said, your case
looks quite extreme to me. WHAT NOW? I'm afraid I cant come up with an
instant solution. Have you talked over your problems with other people
(friends, your doctor)? Do you have any idea what may cause / have caused
your panic attacks? Is there something bothering you deep down.
VERY BAD EXPERIENCE - I took mushrooms at the age of 20
and had a very bad experience. I became suicidal and for about 4 days I was
totally wasted. Today at the age of 47 I suffer from severe depression and
phobias and have had to have Shock Treatment for a breakdown. Could this be
related to that bad experience all those years ago and if so what help could
I get, if there is a cure available.
Hi Allen, Sorry to hear this. It's possible that your
experience have deepened your problems. I'm afraid there is no
out-of-the-box cure. Sorry i cant help you more, all the best, dick
ALLERGY / ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO LIBERTY CAPS - Dick I
had my first experience of shrooms last Sunday, and it was absolutely
amazing (after I got my head round the fact that I could not trust anything
I was seeing, hearing or feeling). However, while coming up on them, I got
cramps in both my forearms and was plagued by pins and needles in both my
right arm (which actually swelled up a bit) and my right foot which stayed
for some time after the trip had finished. I had a wonderful trip and would
like to do it again, however I am worried about the physical reaction to
them. Am I allergic or could it be something else. Please tell me its not
serious, as I am really looking forward to another go.
Strange. I've never heard of allergic reactions before,
but that does not mean that it is impossible. general speaking allergies
'build up'. The more contact with the 'allergen' the more severe the
reaction. so, be careful. If the next time you have the same phenomena you
had better stay away from liberty caps. Maybe it is an idea to try another
variety next time (eg cubensis). Maybe the reaction is caused by substances
unique to lc's.
LONG TERM EFFECTS - Hi, Ummm..my name's Maria and my
friend takes Shroom, I just wanted to know if there are any long term
affects, as I really care about him and don't want to see him in trouble.
I've been reading up on bad trips, so I know about that, I'm talking mental
problems, thanks very much, Maria.
No body problems whatsoever. If he takes them once in a
while in a responsible way there is nothing to worry about. If he takes
daily / weekly in all kind of circumstances, you have reason to worry.