Magic mushrooms have been used for centuries to create experiences that range from euphoria to contact with the divine. Beginners should prepare themselves carefully and follow some basic rules so that the first and subsequent trips become experiences to be repeated.
The consumption of magic mushrooms creates an experience like no other. In some cultures they have been used for centuries for spiritual experiences and to create a connection with the divine. As with any other drug, it is very important to approach the experience responsibly, especially with psychoactive substances. As Timothy Leary said, “state of mind and environment” have a lot to do with the experience of travel. The following tips for beginners shed light on what to look for and what to expect when experimenting with psilocybin.
FEELING GOOD WHEN TRAVELLING
When you take mushrooms, they intensify your feelings and the state of mind you are in at the time. If you are not feeling well or even depressed, this can increase your negative experience.
- CREATE A RELAXED AND FAMILIAR ATMOSPHERE
You need to be in a safe environment, surrounded by people you trust. Alone or with strangers, a bad or “heavy” trip is a recipe for a bad experience. Especially for new consumers of truffles or magic mushrooms, it is highly recommended to have a “trip sitter” by your side during the whole trip. This sitter is a person who stays sober at all times, making sure everything goes smoothly and making the trip easier for everyone.
- PREPARE YOURSELF
Bring water, fruit juice, herbal tea and a light snack. The effects of the magic truffles last between 3 and 6 hours. It makes sense to eat something during this time, even if you are not hungry at all. It can also be difficult to find your way to the fridge, so keep food and drink handy.
- TAKE MAGIC TRUFFLES ON AN EMPTY STOMACH
In return, you should not eat anything for at least three hours before consuming the mushrooms. This allows the psilocybin to be absorbed more quickly by your body. You are also less prone to nausea, which often occurs at the beginning of a trip.
- NO MIXED CONSUMPTION OF MUSHROOMS AND OTHER SENSITISING SUBSTANCES
Under no circumstances should you consume magic mushrooms with other arousing substances. The psychedelic experience of magic mushrooms is different from any you have had before. Mixing it with other drugs can lead to a bad trip. Nevertheless, even with a small amount of cannabis, users report a reduction in nausea at the beginning of the trip and effective control of anxiety or panic attacks related to the trip. As long as you are not an experienced psychonaut, you should do without.
- HOW MANY MAGIC MUSHROOMS SHOULD I TAKE?
There is no “should” when it comes to dosage. It’s best to take it easy and find out from the conservative side. If you have never tried magic mushrooms or magic truffles, you will not know how your body reacts to psilocybin. Note that the dosage of magic truffles and magic mushrooms is different.
However, there are a few points that you can use as a guide. 0.25 grams of dried mushrooms is generally considered the “limit”. This means that the user will have an easy experience and will feel almost no effect. In other words, you will perceive bright colours and light sources as very “bright”, but nothing more. Your pupils may dilate, you may experience nausea and slight “hallucinations” which appear as blurred corners of your peripheral vision.
A “medium” dose between 1-2.5g will create a real trip. Expect nausea. Your pupils enlarge and blood pressure and heart rate increase (but not in a threatening way). Some users experience a “refreshing” sensation that intensifies as the trip progresses. Optical perception is completely changed, as are the dreamlike images of a mushroom trip. In addition, the emotions are set up and intensify. It is therefore particularly important for new users to have a companion. Among the most common thoughts is extreme self-doubt. Nevertheless, many consumers’ “dissolution of the ego” is often described as very pleasant in the right environment. This also includes a real experience of the environment without feeling a certain desire or inner conflicts and loss of control.
- WHAT DOES A GOOD TRIP FEEL LIKE?
This clearly depends on the individual. The colours of objects are perceived as very vivid. You also feel euphoria and laugh without reason. Noises are echoing and you are not sure if you heard anything at all. If you close your eyes, you will also be able to “see” intense geometric patterns arranged in different shapes. Users also report a kind of mental ‘freedom’. Waves of thoughts will simply wash over you and some psychonauts claim to have a “better perspective” on their lives by doing this. Some also claim that they can “talk to the divine” or experience “other dimensions” of consciousness.