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What are magic mushrooms?
‘Magic mushrooms’ is a slang word for psilocybe semilanceata or ‘liberty cap’ mushrooms (the most common type of ‘magic mushroom’ in the UK) and any other mushroom which produces similar ’trippy’ effects, like hallucinations.
It is important to know that different types of ‘magic mushroom’ will differ in how strong and how toxic they are.
For example, the amanita muscaria or ‘fly agaric’ mushroom is stronger than the traditional ‘liberty cap’ mushroom.
After picking, magic mushrooms are often eaten raw or are dried out and stored. Some people use the dried mushrooms to make tea. Drying reduces the weight of the ‘magic mushrooms’, but not their potency. People don’t tend to eat fly agaric mushrooms raw as they can make you feel really sick and also because there is a greater risk of poisoning and death from this family of mushrooms.
What do magic mushrooms look like?
‘Magic mushrooms’ grow wild in the UK and can be easily picked if you know where to find them. If you buy them, they can cost up to £5 for a handful. As you’d expect with something that grows naturally, the strength varies depending on the freshness, the season and where they grow.
The effects of magic mushrooms can take between 30 minutes to two hours to kick in. The strongest part of the ‘trip’ can last for 4-10 hours and the after-effects usually last a further 2-6 hours. The more you take, the longer your trip could last.
How do people take magic mushrooms?
After picking, magic mushrooms are often eaten raw or are dried out and stored. Some people use the dried mushrooms to make tea. Most people take between 1-5 grams. People don’t tend to eat fly agaric mushrooms raw as they can make you feel really sick.
What do magic mushrooms do?
Magic mushrooms can give you a good trip, making you feel confident, relaxed and in good spirits – or they can give you a really scary bad trip. You won’t know what will happen until you take them. The more you take, the longer your trip could last. If you feel that you’re having (or going to have) a bad trip, let your friends know and get their help. Go to a nice quiet spot where you feel safe and can relax.
They can also have other effects:
What are the risks of magic mushrooms?
There are many different types of mushroom in the UK and some, like the fly agaric, are so poisonous that they can kill you. That means the biggest danger to your health when taking magic mushrooms is eating a poisonous mushroom by mistake. If you have eaten poisonous mushrooms you’ll soon know it. If this happens to you or a friend it’s really important to get medical help as soon as possible. If you do have to go to hospital, it’s helpful to take an example of the mushroom that’s been eaten, so the doctors can identify it.
Here’s what else magic mushrooms could do to you:
Can you get addicted to ’magic mushrooms’?
Magic mushrooms are not addictive, but like with LSD you can become tolerant of the effects quite quickly – and that means you’ll need to take more to get the same effect as before.
‘Magic mushrooms’ and the law
What if you’re caught?
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