You’re probably excited or terrified, or both, but don’t worry that’s totally normal! Mushrooms may have a lot of health benefits but they are still a drug so it’s important to keep that in mind and to be careful.
Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as “shrooms” or “magic” mushrooms, have been around for quite some time. Since the 1960s, hippies all over the world have been using mushrooms to get a dreamy high, although psilocybin mushrooms have been utilized in traditional indigenous rites for thousands of years.
Mushrooms have been around a long time but our perception of them is what is ever-evolving as we learn more about the benefits of these magic little fungi.
Whether you’re using mushrooms ceremonially, medically, or recreationally, you should always be in the right frame of mind to be taking them.
Before you take any kind of substance it’s important to know what kind it is right? With over 300 types of trippy mushrooms, half will give you that dreamy, colourful feeling! the other half might kill you so don’t go picking up any random mushroom you find on the ground. What makes magic mushrooms magic is a chemical called psilocybin, it’s known for its hallucinogenic effects on the brain.
We will list the top 10 SAFE psychedelic mushrooms strains for you so you know what you’re shopping for.
Psilocybe semilanceata: (Liberty Caps) are the 3rd most potent in psilocybin.
Psilocybe azurescens: (Flying Saucers, Blue Runners, Blue Angels, or Azzies) are one of the strongest magic mushrooms strains to grow in the wild.
Anyone who has taken shrooms will tell you, being in the right headspace is crucial. Shrooms can boost your mood and energy, give you a euphoric feeling and induce light to extreme hallucinations (depending on the dose). With that in mind, going into a shroom trip when you are stressed will enhance those negative emotions and buckle you in for a bumpy ride.
Those who experience a “bad trip” will often say that it was their fault for taking shrooms without being in a good place to start with. A clinical coulser by the name of Dave Philips said “It helps your own brain solve your own problems.” and “It wasn’t a bad trip, only a challenging one”
You want to take shrooms in a place where you feel safe and comfortable, avoid places that make you anxious like work or school. It’s common for people to want to spend their trip outside in nature as it helps you feel more connected with the earth beneath you. It’s also common to take shrooms in the comfort and safety of your own home. Just make sure there aren’t any things that will be potentially stressful and put a damper on your trip.
If it’s your first time trippy, bring a buddy! most seasoned shroom users will recommend beginners bring along an experienced user or “trip sitter” to hang out with them while they go through their experience. Make sure this is someone you trust and feel safe with, don’t go ask a stranger on the street to look after you while you trip.
Don’t just take shrooms and not bring anything with you, that would make one boring trip. It’s said that music is so much better on shrooms, you feel the rhythm of the music through your whole body. If you’re feeling creative, bring a notepad and pencil to draw whatever your brain imagines, maybe you’ll be the next Picasso who knows! Lastly remember to bring water and snacks to make your experience just a bit more enjoyable, don’t want to trip on an empty stomach.