Magic mushrooms (also called shrooms or mushrooms) are a type of mushroom that contains the drugs psilocybin or psilocin. These drugs cause hallucinations. Psilocybin powder can also come in capsule form. These capsules are often laced with another drug like LSD or PCP (angel dust).
Some mushrooms that look like psilocybin mushrooms are poisonous. If you eat a poisonous mushroom, you could damage your liver or even die.
It is against the law to grow, sell, or carry mushrooms. If you get caught, you could be fined or even go to jail.
You can feel the effects of mushrooms in about 30 minutes and they last about 3 to 6 hours. The effects are strongest (the peak) during the first 3 to 4 hours.
Sometimes the effects of mushrooms can be overwhelming and scary (a bad trip). If someone is having a bad trip, try to help them with calm reassurance.
People rarely die from an overdose of mushrooms. If you have any psychological problems, mushrooms can cause a bad mental problem called psychosis.
Don’t use mushrooms if you are pregnant. It is not known how mushrooms affect pregnant women and the growing baby. Mushrooms sometimes have other drugs added that can harm your baby.
Taking mushrooms with other drugs or alcohol may increase your risk for other health problems.
You can build up a tolerance to mushrooms after using every day for as few as 3 or 4 days. This means you need to take more and more of the drug to get “high” like you did the first time. If you use mushrooms for several days in a row (continuous use), you can develop a complete tolerance. This means no matter how much psilocybin you use, you won't have any effects.
Even after long-term use, you can’t get addicted to mushrooms. If you use mushrooms regularly, you can become mentally dependent on the way mushrooms make you feel.
Often, drug users develop serious personal problems. Using drugs or getting high can become more important than your family and friends. You might continue to use drugs even when you are doing badly at work or school. This can cause money, spiritual, and legal problems. You may lose people who are important to you, lose your job, or get kicked out of school.
For more information and to find an addiction services office near you, please call the
24-hour Addiction Helpline (Alberta only).
Current as of: April 1, 2017
Author: Poison & Drug Information Service, Alberta Health Services
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