The short-term effects of psilocybin mushrooms vary pretty dramatically. Shrooms are organic, and as such, each species is different, some mushrooms are just trippy mushrooms, some less so or simply offer a different trip. Not only is the psychedelic effect of each mushroom different, but the effects vary greatly from person to person. People have different chemistry and general biologic make-up.
Not all of the effects of psilocybin mushrooms are short-term. Some of the effects are said to induce significant psychological changes and life-altering realizations.
The effects also depend upon your dose and what you are after. You can either take enough for a deeper more immersive trip or consume small amounts on a schedule (microdosing) to reduce anxiety, improve your mood, enhance your social interactions, improve concentration, and think more creatively.
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How Long Are these Short-term Changes?
Although the duration of the effects (or the trip) varies for each person, the effect typically lasts between four to six hours. The maximum effect is usually 2 to 3 hours after ingestion, then the effects begin to lessen gradually.
What Exactly Are These Effects?
The type of effect and its significance differ from person to person. The person’s physiology and the individual’s mood are contributing factors. Sometimes this is referred to as “mindset.” The effects are also determined by the person’s situation and setting (this includes people and environment).
Like many hallucinogens, psychedelic mushrooms can enhance our ability to think abstractly and analyze things differently through their interaction with the prefrontal cortex. In general, the elevation of mood and enhanced perception can be achieved. Magic mushrooms cause activity or signalling across several regions of the brain that don’t normally interact, many of the following effects have been reported.
- An enhancement of the senses
- Hallucinations – Objects may appear to move or take on multiple colours
- Judgement is either impaired or altered
- Conscious thought and speech are no longer relevant
- The line between reality and fantasy is blurred
- Heightened emotions (from anxiety or fear to sheer joy)
- Observance of unusual occurrences
- Insightfulness and introspection
Short-term Physical Effects
Whether consumed raw or steeped in tea, the beginning of the effect can be felt as soon as 20 minutes after ingestion. Psilocybin mushrooms can produce some short-term effects on the physical body in the following ways:
- A quickening pulse
- Elevated blood pressure and temperature
- Tired feeling
- Dry mouth
- Nausea or stomach-ache
- You feel tired yet restless
- Physical reactions to fear
- Shrooms hangover (caused by over-consumption)
It is important to realize that not all of these symptoms are the same for every person. Your trip may be a good experience or a not-so-good experience. Physical reactions many times go hand in hand with psychological ones. The overall experience is greatly affected by several factors – what you’ve eaten, where you are, who you’re with, your mood, your hydration, or several other factors.
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