Magic mushrooms, aka psilocybin mushrooms, are mushrooms that create unique psychedelic experiences. The effects may include altered perception, visual changes, insightful spiritual experiences, a sense of connection to others, and more.
There are also unpleasant experiences, called “bad trips”, in which users may feel increased anxiety, and discomfort during the experience. One way to avoid bad trips is to educate yourself about these mysterious substances, plan, and be safe!
If you consider having a psychedelic mushroom experience, or you just want to learn more about what to expect during a mushroom trip, this article is just for you!
Let’s dive into the details and see what these magical mushrooms have to offer!
If You’re Tripping on Magic Mushrooms Right Now:
If you just ate magic mushrooms and you are waiting for effects to occur, you should be aware of some fundamental things:
- After you consume magic mushrooms, the first effects are most likely to kick in within 30-60 minutes.
- Psychedelic mushroom trips typically last between 4 to 6 hours and may be followed by a mild comedown.
- Be aware of your set and setting. Be in a place and with people you feel comfortable with.
- Do not make the most common mistake! Avoid redosing, or at least make sure to wait a couple of hours before taking shrooms again (you will thank us later).
How Long Does It Take For Magic Mushrooms To Kick In?
You can expect to feel the first effect within 30 minutes – 1 hour after eating the mushrooms. This time depends on many factors, but it does not change with dosage. Whether you take a microdose or a whole trip, the effects will occur in the first hour, unless you try a specific method to speed up the effects. However, the dosage can alter the intensity of the trip, so it might not feel as intense if you microdose.
Another important question is:
How Long Should You Wait Before Taking Another Dosage?
Generally speaking there isn’t really a reason to take another dose while tripping. But if this is something you wish to do we suggest you wait at least a couple of hours before eating more mushrooms. There are various factors that can speed up the effects, and most of them are individual. Keep reading if you wonder what these factors are!
Factors Influencing the Timeline of a Magic Mushroom Trip
The timeline of the mushroom trip depends on a variety of variables such as your body, your mindset, how you consume them, and more. Let’s take a closer look:
Set and Setting
“Set” means your mindset while having the experience, and “setting” means your environment.
For a good psychedelic trip, it is crucial to find a nurturing, trusting place where you feel safe.
Your mindset plays a crucial role in feeling prepared for the upcoming psychedelic experience. One way to overcome this anxiety and feel ready is to understand how mushrooms work and to know what you will experience during these hours.
Food and Stomach
What you ate or drank before the mushroom can make a big difference during the trip. If you take mushrooms on a full stomach, it can delay the effects since mushrooms need to be digested. If you eat mushrooms with an empty stomach, you may feel the effects within the first 30 minutes, and you may feel less nausea accordingly.
Read our blog post about mixing magic mushrooms with food for more information.
Species of Mushroom
There are many different species of magic and psychedelic mushrooms, and they all have different potencies. The mushroom species that have more psilocin material will cause more rapid effects.
The dosage does not significantly affect the onset time, but it can affect how intense you feel the first effect.
Past Psychedelic Experience
The brain quickly develops tolerance to psychedelics like psilocybin. If you’ve taken mushrooms or any other psychedelics a few days earlier, the psychedelic effect might be weaker than you expected. As a form of harm reduction, as a general thumb rule, we would suggest waiting between psychedelic trips.
How You Ingested the Mushrooms
The way you consume your magic mushrooms can have a tremendous influence on how quickly you feel the psychedelic effects. Your choice of consumption method is one of the most important factors affecting onset time, as well as comfort during your trip.
How Long Does A Shroom High Last? Shrooms Trip Timeline Explained!
A magic mushroom trip usually lasts around 4 to 6 hours. In most cases, you will experience 3 major phases during your mushroom trip, plus one more that some users consider being a bonus.
The first effect usually comes within the first 30 to 60 minutes (or even a bit more) depending on the factors mentioned above. You may start feeling euphoric feelings and visual changes around 30 minutes after eating the mushroom.
The peak of the trip will occur in the first 2 hours. This is the most intense time during a mushroom trip, and the intensity depends on many factors, such as dosage and potency.
The effects start to wear off after 3 to 4 hours. The comedown of the trip will happen slowly and you probably will not have any influence after 8 hours.
Most psychedelics, and of course magic mushrooms, may cause an afterglow after a couple of days. The outcomes can be increased mood and sustained positive feelings.
How Long Does Psilocybin Stay In Your System? How Long Do Shrooms Last?
Mushrooms stay in your system typically around 24 to 48 hours. But, of course, the answer to this question will vary a lot depending on the strain of the psilocybin mushrooms you choose to take. They usually do not show up in traditional drug tests as well.
What Are The Physical Side-Effects of Magic Mushrooms?
Let’s get started with the first question that comes into mind: what are their physical side effects? The most common physical side-effects of magic mushrooms include:
- Increased heartbeat and temperature
- Dilated pupils
Read more about the side effects on our main psilocybin page!
Bear in mind that these effects can vary a lot due to a lot of factors, such as your mindset, past psychedelic experiences, how you consumed the mushroom, your environment, and of course the strain, dosage, and potency of the mushroom itself.
What Happens To Your Body After Eating the Mushroom?
After you ingest the first piece of mushroom, your body needs to digest them to feel psychoactive effects. when the psilocybin compound goes into your stomach, it metabolizes in your liver, and converts into the substance called psilocin. Psilocin is the substance responsible for the psychedelic effects.
Feeling the effects in the stomach, such as nausea or vomiting, is completely normal since mushrooms have to make their way through your digestive system. But are there any methods to prevent this? Surely they are!
How Do Most People Take Magic Mushrooms?
In most cases, magic mushrooms are purchased as dried mushrooms or powders. In rare cases, fresh magic mushrooms will be available, but they are not recommended as they may be in the process of degrading. In other words, it is best not to purchase fresh magic mushrooms from unknown sources.
The most popular ways to take magic mushrooms are:
- Eating dry magic mushrooms on their own
- Eating fresh magic mushrooms on their own
- Swallowed as capsules
- Snorted in powder form
- Mixed with tea, lemon, or other recipes.
It is important to note that you should never inject magic mushrooms intravenously. No IVs, needles, or anything like that! There have been cases of serious harm resulting from intravenous injections of mushrooms in the literature, such as septic shock and multisystem organ failure.
Alternative Ways of Taking Magic Mushrooms?
Some users find the flavor of magic mushrooms to be unpleasant, which is why they often mix it with other foods to mask the original flavor! Here are two alternative methods:
Lemon Tekking Method
Lemon Tekking is a way of pre-digesting the mushrooms and avoiding the unpleasant taste and some of the side effects. Lemon has the same acidity as our stomach, so it can break down the psilocybin before it goes into your stomach! Here is what you need to do:
- Grind the mushrooms.
- Put them in lemon or lime juice for about 20 minutes.
- Stir and drink the juice.
After drinking the juice, you won’t have to go through all the digestion processes, and this way you will feel the effects way sooner. Also this way you will feel less discomfort and nausea.
Magic Mushroom Tea
Mushroom tea is also a more digestible way of consuming magic mushrooms. Here, you can see our recipe for this beautiful psychedelic brew!
There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to the effects of magic mushrooms. By planning and preparing beforehand, you can reduce your anxiety and enjoy the psychedelic effects more easily.
You should always consider weighing your mushrooms, knowing your dosage, and preparing your mindset and your environment (set and setting) for this experience.
It’s highly recommended to start with a small dose if you’ve never taken magic mushrooms before.
Remember that set and setting are crucial factors during psychedelic experiences. Be in places and with people that you are comfortable with.
Lastly, be aware of the legal status of psilocybin mushrooms in your country, be mindful of your physical and mental health, and enjoy your trip!