benefits of magic mushrooms

Health Benefits of Magic Mushrooms

Health Benefits of Magic Mushrooms. “Shrooms” or “magic mushrooms” can produce euphoric feelings and possibly relieve mental health conditions. However, there are some risks to be aware of, and only a few U.S. cities where use is legal.


Archeological evidence suggests that humans have been using “shrooms,” also called magic mushrooms, for ceremonial and medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

In Central America, Aztec and Mazateca cultures believed these magic mushrooms had divine properties and used them during coronations and other important events until at least the 1500s.

Although their use was discouraged and criminalized by many church institutions and governments, especially after the colonization of the Americas, these mushrooms were still grown, cultivated, and used privately around the world. In the 1960s, mushroom use became associated with psychedelia and youth counterculture.

Today, people still use shrooms for a variety of purposes. Modern medical research is studying their potential use as a treatment for some mental and behavioral health conditions. As this research continues to show promise, there is advocacy for removing some of the longstanding legal restrictions on mushroom possession in the United States.

What are “shrooms”? 

Shrooms are a type of mushroom that contain hallucinogenic drugs called psilocin or psilocybin. Shrooms are also known as magic mushrooms or simply as mushrooms. Taking shrooms causes hallucinations and can affect a person’s thoughts and emotions.

Shrooms can be consumed in a variety of ways including:

  • eating dried mushrooms
  • consuming powdered mushrooms by injection
  • steeping mushrooms as tea
  • cooking with dried or powdered mushroom
  • adding powdered mushroom to juice and other beverages
  • taking a capsule of powdered mushroom

How do you pronounce “Psilocybin”?

Psilocybin isn’t a word most people use every day. Even when psilocybin mushrooms are the topic of conversation, people typically just say shrooms or magic mushrooms. It’s likely many people have never heard the word psilocybin out loud.

What are the effects of psilocybin mushrooms? 

You’ll typically begin to feel the effects of mushrooms in about 30 minutes, and they’ll last for about 3 to 6 hours. Mushrooms can have different effects on different people. Your experience with mushrooms will be affected by factors such as:

  • your age
  • your weight
  • the amount you use
  • how much you’ve eaten that day
  • your surroundings
  • your expectations
  • your experience with any previous drug use
  • your personality

You might experience some or all of the following effects:

  • changes to the way you perceive the world around you
  • a feeling of unusual well-being or euphoria
  • visual or auditory hallucinations
  • feeling that you are having a magical, spiritual, or religious experience
  • feeling that your body is very light or very heavy

It’s also possible to experience unpleasant physical effects. This can include:

  • feeling dizzy and light-headed
  • feeling nauseous
  • vomiting
  • shivering or having chills
  • having an increased pulse
  • having a numb tongue and mouth
  • having high blood pressure

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