Shroom & Magic MushroomPsilocybin Mushrooms and their Impacts on Human Health

May 1, 2020by Nancy Soo0

What are Psilocybin Mushrooms?

Psilocybin is one of the essential elements that are present in various sorts of psychoactive mushrooms. It is one of the best natural psychedelic drugs. Even though a little dose of 3-4 mg of psilocybin makes it effective, the standard and the most common range of it used for clinical research is 14-30 mg. Psilocybin contains a metabolite known as psilocin that affects the brain. The primary source of Psilocybin is mushrooms, which are available in both dried and fresh forms.

Effects of Psilocybin

Mushrooms in the Short-Term

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Since the short-term effects of psilocybin mushrooms vary from person to person, their categorization is not easy. Their effects can occur to anyone at various places and times. Nevertheless, psilocybin is popular for changing the perception and consciousness of an individual. 2-3 hours after taking Psilocybin, its effects start to occur, lasting for nearly 4-6 hours. Some examples of such effects include losing the real sense of time (confusing hours with minutes), seeing movements in shape and sizes of the objects, and sensory enhancement, and over-excitement in the mood.

Effects of Psilocybin Mushrooms in the Long-Term

Indeed, psilocybin mushrooms do not cause you much harm physically. But they can be troubling for your mental health in the long-run. Your mind is at more risk than your body. Despite all the experiments in numerous animal models indicating the cause of death being the doses of psilocybin mushrooms, the historical records hardly show any human death that was caused by psilocybin mushrooms.

The physical effects are slight and unimportant. They can be different and unique for every individual. Mainly, the physical effects such as high blood pressure, an increase in heart rate, and dilated pupils, etc. are not much severe. On the other hand, the psychological effects can be serious, which implies that your mental health can be affected, and symptoms such as numbing, anxiety, nausea, and perspiration can be caused. According to some researchers, the reason behind such symptoms can be latent psychological disorders.

One can suffer from the following effects, even if he has used psilocybin mushrooms only once. Regardless, extensive usage of it may develop long-term effects. For instance, drug-induced psychosis may develop, which causes a person to suffer from paranoia. He might find it hard to communicate with people, and his thoughts would be disorganized. The consumer might also face considerable mood swings and become disturbed virtually. Such a condition is more likely to remain in the long run.

Continuous consumption of psilocybin mushrooms increases the risk of a ‘bad trip’ that can cause violent behavior in the consumer, and he might end up harming himself.

Bad trips’ are also capable of triggering the following conditions:

  • Paranoia

  • Schizophrenia

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Disorganized thinking.

Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder, also known as HPPD, is often described as “flashbacks.” A patient of HPPD suffers from visual hallucinations after taking drugs such as psilocybin. Nevertheless, this condition is not common, and there are no physical or psychological harms caused by HPPD.

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