Recreational drug users no doubt vary in terms of the type of “high” experience they seek. Those seeking other worldly-type experiences often gravitate towards psychedelic mushrooms as opposed to the type of “highs” that opiates or stimulants produce.
Psychedelic mushrooms, also known as “magic mushrooms,” contain psilocybin, a substance that produces effects comparable to those of LSD. Like all types of hallucinogens, psychedelic mushrooms can bring on hallucinations as well as other types of strange, sensory-based perceptions. While this drug poses virtually no risk of physical dependence or addiction, users do still face the risk of experiencing adverse effects, some of which can be highly distressing and even dangerous.
Psychedelic Mushroom Effects
Psychedelic mushrooms work by disrupting the brain’s serotonin production rates, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sensory perceptions as well as emotions, according to the University of Maryland. As one of several neurotransmitter substances, changes in serotonin output affects other chemical processes, which can have adverse effects on the brain’s overall functional capacity over time.
As a nature-made substance, potency levels can vary widely from dose to dose, which makes for a highly unpredictable drug experience overall. Drug effects can take hold within 20 minutes to two hours and last anywhere from three to six hours.
Adverse Drug Effects
The chemical changes that result from psychedelic mushrooms inevitably offsets other areas of the brain, and in the process impair their ability to regulate the body’s functions as normal. Consequently, any one dose of this drug can bring on a range of adverse drug effects, including:
- Feelings of intense fear
- Dizzy spells or lightheadedness
- Inability to interact with one’s surrounding environment
While a person may expect to experience a pleasant or even enlightening drug experience, psychedelic mushrooms can also produce bad “drug trips,” plunging a person into a world of horrifying hallucinations and sensations. On average, it only takes five milligrams of the drug to experience its effects, though it’s all but impossible to measure how strong any one dose may be.
The effects of psychedelic mushrooms on the cognitive and emotion-based areas of the brain can bring on disturbing psychological effects in those who use the drug on a regular basis. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, psychedelic mushrooms can take a toll on person’s ability to discern fantasy from reality even after the drug’s effects wear off.
With too large a dose, a person can easily enter into a state of panic that brings on psychotic episodes wrought with rage, anxiety and paranoia. For people who already have a predisposition to mental health problems, using psychedelic mushrooms on a frequent basis can cause full-blown psychological disorders to develop.
While there’s little risk of developing a physical dependence on psychedelic mushrooms, the brain nonetheless develops a tolerance to the drug’s effects at a fast rate. This means, a person must keep taking larger doses in order to experience the drug’s desired effects. This practice in and of itself can be dangerous considering how psychedelic mushrooms interfere with brain and body functioning. Once physical or psychological problems start to develop, it may be time to consider getting treatment help.
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