In the past, people and communities used psychedelics for spiritual and ceremonial purposes. These substances are well-known to alter a person’s state of consciousness. Thus, allowing people to experience a different level of spirituality.
Currently, there are several kinds of psychedelics in the market. But there are two main types. Those manufactured in a lab like LSD and natural psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms.
Psilocybin is the psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound found in magic mushrooms. It’s also one of the most well-known natural psychedelics. Other natural psychedelics include mescaline, ibogaine, and DMT.
Magic mushrooms have been around for many years. Various communities and cultures cultivated these mushrooms for traditional and ceremonial purposes. But, many still need to accept its medicinal and therapeutic use.
As of now, it’s still classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug. This is because it still has a high potential for misuse, and it has no accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S.
More people have been using these substances for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Some are also using it for recreational purposes.
Studies and clinical trials on the benefits of magic mushrooms are increasing. This is due to its increasing popularity alongside other natural psychedelics. One prominent theme researchers are focusing on now is neurogenesis. They are looking into its correlation with psychedelics.
Neurogenesis happens when the brain forms new neurons. This process is essential during the development of an embryo. After birth, it continues in specific brain regions throughout a person’s lifetime.
In the past, studies have shown that learning a new skill can stimulate neurogenesis. According to scientists, neurogenesis improves cognitive function and promotes better memory. Also, travelling and making new or deeper connections encourages neurogenesis.
The use of psychedelics also showed the same results. In one study, psilocybin improved the patient’s brain plasticity. Nowadays, studies looking into the relationship between psilocybin and mental health look promising. The results show many benefits, such as decreased anxiety and increased positivity.
There are several effects a person can experience when ingesting psilocybin. But, these will vary depending on a person’s emotional, physical, and psychological state. For example, when a person is in good spirits, they may experience a euphoric effect.
But, if the person is in the wrong state of mind and environment, ingesting psilocybin may cause a bad trip. For example, a person may experience dizziness, vomiting, and disturbing hallucinations.
Also, it’s not advisable to use psilocybin for extended periods. Because too much reliance and prolonged misuse so may lead to shrooms tolerance. It can also cause paranoia, mental fog, and other serious problems.
There are several steps you need to take to have a good and safe trip.
1. Ensure that you are in a reasonable physical, mental and psychological state. Then, think of the reasons why you want to get high. For example, if you’re going to avoid your problems, you shouldn’t use psychedelics.
2. Find someone who will watch over you as you trip. Plan your trip with them in detail. Choose a safe place and allot eight to twelve hours for the entire session.
3. When you are ready, you can start preparing your magic mushrooms. Start with a small dose. You can mix it with your food or drink, or you can eat them raw it will depend on your preference.
4. Wait for the psilocybin to kick in and enjoy the trip.
One of the best ways to introduce psilocybin to the body is by microdosing. This is a practice that the majority of the shroomers do to manage their trips from shrooms. This can also help prevent an early tolerance to shrooms.
Taking psilocybin in large doses is very risky, especially if it’s your first time. Microdosing will help you adjust to the effects of ingesting psilocybin. It allows you to remain clear-headed, and you can still communicate well with your trip buddy.
Many research has shown the positive effects of psychedelics on mood and perception. But further studies are still needed to open more doors of opportunities. Doing this will help make it more accessible to those who need it most.