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Psychological Effects of Psilocybin

As a powerful hallucinogen, psilocybin creates very intense psychological effects. The effects take place over a long period of time, and in that time they vary a lot.

What are some of thepsychological effects of psilocybin on your body? Psilocybin is known as a dissociative drug, which produces several types of effects on a person’s body. Psilocybin makes a person feel detached from reality within minutes of ingesting it and the effects can last for several hours although some have reported the effects to last for several days as well.

Depending on the amount a person ingests, whether it is a low dose or a higher dose, the effects can be similar. As with the ingestion of any drug, the more you take the stronger the effect.

What are some of the most common effects of taking a low to moderate dose of psilocybin?

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Psilocybin has been known to cause paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations.

While psilocybin is a drug that is grown in mushrooms, identification or misidentification can become an issue. There is always a chance that you could choose a mushroom that is poisonous as opposed to a psilocybin mushroom. Some signs that you have ingested a poisonous mushroom are stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea. If you experience these symptoms, the mushrooms you ingested could be toxic and can even lead to death.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse some of the low dose psychological effects are as follows:

  • Feeling on numbness throughout your body
  • Feeling of detachment from your body
  • Confusion and loss of motor coordination
  • Dizziness, nausea, vomiting
  • Changes in sight, sound, shapes, time
  • Hallucinations
  • Feeling detached from your environment
  • Increase in blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature

In a first-time user, taking a smaller dose is wise until the effects on the body are realized. It can be almost terrifying in a person for the first time and that fear can remain with a person for the rest of their life. Another concern is the effect of a “bad trip” and to some people the effects of a “bad trip” can be devastating or life threatening as well.

What are the psychological effects of taking a higher dose of psilocybin and how do they differ?

Taking higher doses of psilocybin or even more frequent use can increase the effects and they become intensified to the person. A higher dosage effect of psilocybin is psychological distress, which includes feelings of extreme panic, fear, increased anxiety, paranoia, invulnerability, exaggerated strength, and aggression.

As the use becomes more frequent, the user becomes more tolerant of the drug, although the properties of this drug aren’t as addictive as some of the other drugs such as heroin or those similar. There is also an inherent danger if the drug is mixed with alcohol as well. In the event it is mixed with alcohol, the effect of psilocybin can lead to respiratory distress or arrest and could result in death.

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