Consuming magic mushrooms is a unique experience and it varies from person to person. Some people really love how it makes them feel and it allows them to continue living their usual lifestyle and eating the same foods while others experience nausea and digestive discomfort.
But, does eating food when you’re on shrooms change anything in your digestive system? Does it taste any different and are there some foods that are better than others? And most importantly, is there a time when ingesting food is actually the most beneficial? Let’s find out.
If You’re Tripping Right Now
If you’re reading this and you’re currently experiencing a magic mushroom trip, it might be best to listen to these thumb rules:
- Lighter foods such as fruit, yogurt, or even ice cream at the beginning of the trip
- Heavier foods such as dark chocolate, cheese, or even coffee after the peak
- Be aware of your food allergies - you don't want to have an allergic reaction while you're on your trip.
- Don’t eat if you’re not hungry - just because everyone’s eating doesn’t mean you have to. Plenty of people don’t feel like they have an appetite while they’re on their trip.
Is It Safe to Eat While You’re On Magic Mushrooms?
First and foremost, should you eat while tripping? The answer is yes, unless you feel nauseous or completely without your appetite, eating food while you’re on shrooms is absolutely allowed. It is important to note that eating while tripping won't be the same as it is when you are sober.
But,is it actually safe to ingest foods while you’re taking psychedelic mushrooms or can it be dangerous? There doesn’t seem to be any data that points to foods being dangerous for your body while you’re on your trip.
Mixing Psychedelic Magic Mushrooms and Alcohol
However, mixing psychedelics and alcohol has proven to be unpredictable and is therefore not recommended.
These two substances affect the brain in similar ways, and combining them could worsen the drugs’ effects, side effects, and increase potential risks. There are risks of an elevated heart rate, losing consciousness, raising body temperature to dangerous levels, and even experiencing seizures.
Additionally, alcohol may increase the “bad trip” experience, increasing terrifying hallucinations and elevating anxiety and paranoia.
Some people like to mix the two because it makes them feel less high, but there’s limited research on this topic, thus making it impossible to prove these claims at this point in time. Hopefully, as research including psychedelics, and specifically psilocybin mushrooms increases, we’ll know more about mixing these two mind-altering compounds.
In addition to alcohol, experts recommend abstaining from taking other drugs or psychedelics as the combination might cause their effects and side effects to intensify, lessen, or act in a harmful way.
Gut Microbiome and Psilocybin
The gut to brain axis is well known, with experts around the world preaching about its effect on our overall health and longevity. Ingesting gut-healthy foods and keeping your microbiome diverse and full of healthy bacteria is crucial in order to promote brain health and tap into serotonin production, improving mood and lowering anxiety and depression.
Psilocybin, the main compound of magic mushrooms has been proven to bind to the serotonin receptors in the brain, stimulating its release. And within the gut, serotonin seems to be an incredible modulator of intestinal muscle movement during digestion or motility, secretion, and vasodilation. In addition to that, serotonin helps reduce inflammation in the intestines, calm symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and improve neural communication between the intestines and the central nervous system.
Taking Mushrooms and Your Digestive System
There are some known side effects of psilocybin mushrooms, and even though every person’s experience is literally their own, some side effects are more common than others. Depending on which one (or more) you experience and their intensity, you might have different reactions in your digestive system.
The most common side effects of magic mushrooms include:
- Irritability and elevated anxiety
When it comes to your digestive system, nausea and vomiting seem to be the most commonly reported side effects. And when adding paranoia, panic, and anxiety to the mix, you’re creating a very unstable and unfavorable environment for food digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Stress is never a good ally for your digestive tract and it can cause a plethora of gastrointestinal problems such as inflammation, bloating, cramps, poor nutrient absorption, and distress. Add paranoia and panic into the equation and your symptoms may only worsen.
During a Mushroom Trip, How Do You Overcome Nausea When You’re Hungry?
Nausea and vomiting may furthermore cause you to lose appetite during your trip and make you avoid ingesting any kind of food until you’re coming down from the trip or after the entire psychedelic journey has ended. But, what happens if you suddenly start feeling ravenous?
Even though there might not be specific tips for which foods you can still try to ingest while you’re experiencing nausea and vomiting, there are some other diseases or experiences with the same side effects which do promote specific foods.
Here are some tips for eating when feeling nauseous but still feel hungry:
- Choose foods you don’t have a nauseous reaction to, especially to their smell
- Avoid being in the kitchen while the food is being prepared if the smell makes you feel even more nauseous
- Take small servings at first and increase portions if you’re feeling like you can hold the food down
- Sip on chicken or vegetable broth, have a sports drink, or ingest small bites of gelatin to avoid dehydration
- Eat food cold or at room temperature
- Rinse your mouth before and after meals
- Keep your head up at least an hour after a meal
- Drink small sips of water to avoid dehydration and trying flat ginger ale
We would like to make it clear that if you do not want to eat, it is absolutely fine. Just wait until the trip has ended and eat when you are ready.
Should You Eat Before Your Trip?
But what about eating before your magic mushroom experience? Is it better to take them on an empty stomach? Most experts agree on a light, easy-to-digest meal before your trip as it’s the least likely to cause any nausea or irritability in your digestive tract when the psilocybin side effects kick in.
What About Eating Magic Mushrooms on an Empty Stomach?
Some users suggest eating magic mushrooms on an empty stomach to get better “tripping results,’ as digestion of food may cause a delay or even lessen their effects. They promote it as a spiritual journey, as shamans explain how fasting connects you to the divine.
And now research papers prove it. According to the Frontiers in Neuroscience, abstaining from food before your trip enhances the spiritual experience.
On the other hand, if you’re likely to experience nausea and vomiting, it might be best to take magic mushrooms on an empty stomach and prevent any potential digestive discomfort caused by the food that’s sitting in your digestive tract.
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Will The Food Taste Differently on Magic Mushrooms?
The question of whether or not food will taste or feel the same while you’re tripping is a valid one. Some people say their cravings change, some report feeling disgusted towards specific foods they usually enjoy having, and others seem to experience new bursts of flavor in simple foods like sandwiches.
Just like with everything else, it seems like your experience will most likely be unique. We all crave different foods and enjoy different food textures and tastes, and trying them out on your psychedelic trip can be an interesting experiment.
Top 10 Best Foods to Eat on Psilocybin Magic Mushrooms
People like to divide their psychedelic experience into two specific parts: the light and airy part they like to pair with “sun foods,” and the heavy, umami part they like to pair with “earth foods.”
Now that we’ve covered all the most important things there is to know about how food can affect your psychedelic experience and vice versa, here are some of the best foods you can eat on shrooms:
Ginger is known to be one of the best foods to munch on while you’re experiencing nausea, ginger is often even recommended for morning sickness during pregnancy. You can cut a thumb-sized piece and chew on it until your nausea subsides, blend it up in a refreshing smoothie, or grate it on top of any other meal for added spice.
Fresh fruits, specifically juicy fruits that are high in water content such as watermelon, melon, pineapple, mango, papaya, and similar. Have a cup of fresh fruit to start with and increase your dose only if you feel no digestive discomfort. Lots of fruit is known to ferment in your stomach and cause bloating and excess gas production so tread lightly.
Many people recommend eating full-fat, creamy yogurts as they sit well on their stomachs and are easy to digest. Stick to one serving at a time.
Avocado is another full-fat, healthy food that lowers inflammation and improves digestion. However, stick to ¼ or ½ as it’s rich in fiber and could potentially cause bloating and distress.
Although best taken in small amounts, many people report enjoying ice cream when they’re on their psychedelic trip. Apparently, a certain Ben and Jerry’s flavor, “Half Baked” ice cream, is a favorite amongst many shroom users.
For the “coming down” part of your trip, cheese seems to be a crowd’s favorite. Even when it comes to LSD and not just shrooms. Start small as cheese can be pretty heavy on your digestive system.
Since sweet foods seem to be the best at the beginning of your psychedelic trip, adding honey instead of cane sugar can also nourish you with a variety of vitamins and minerals, helping you reduce inflammation and potential nausea
Snacking on healthy fats like nuts seems to be a great food option when you’re on your trip. And as far as the serving size goes, it seems that eating one single nut at a time can be an incredible experience for the senses.
Not only is dark chocolate delicious, but it’s also packed with antioxidants, supporting your overall health and wellbeing. Just stick to only a few pieces at a time - most dark chocolate brands are still rich in sugar.
Coffee lovers particularly enjoy getting their cup of joe as they’re coming down from their trip. They say it only intensifies the flavor. However, caffeine is a stimulant, so start with a small espresso and slowly build up from there.
Even though there’s no concrete evidence or proof that eating food while on magic mushrooms is neither good nor bad for you, it seems like each person will have to figure it out for themselves.
Whether you choose to eat or avoid eating before shrooms, it’s up to you. Still, be careful with your existing food allergies, stick to your own gut feeling, avoid eating foods if you’re extremely nauseous or vomit often, and remind yourself that food isn’t the main part of your psychedelic trip. The most important thing is to feel good and prevent any action that might cause you harm.