8 Tips For Taking Magic Mushrooms: A Beginner’s Guide

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8 Tips For Taking Magic Mushrooms: A Beginner’s Guide

Magic mushrooms have been used for centuries to create experiences that range from euphoria to touching the divine. However, beginners should prepare for this experience carefully and there are a few rules of thumb to insure that your first and subsequent trips are experiences you want to repeat.

Taking Magic Mushrooms is an experience like no other. They have been used for centuries in some cultures, to promote spiritual experiences and a feeling of connectedness to the divine.
However, like any drug, particularly psychoactive ones, it is very important to approach the experience responsibly. As Timothy Leary said, “set and setting” have a lot to do with the trips you take with shrooms. The following are handy tips for beginners about what to do and what to expect when you begin to experiment with psilocybin.


Shrooms intensify the moods and emotional state you are in when you take them. If you are not feeling well or are depressed, there is a greater chance you will have a bad experience.


You should be in a safe place, surrounded by people you trust. A bad or “heavy” trip in an unknown environment by yourself or amongst strangers is a recipe for a bad experience. It is also highly recommended, particularly for truffle novices and magic mushroom beginners to have a “sitter” with you during the entire trip. A sitter is someone who is sober, ensures that everything goes well and puts you and others on the trip at ease.


Have water, fruit juice, herbal teas and a light snack already prepared and ready. The effects of magic truffles last anywhere from 3-6 hours. It is sensible to eat something during this time, even though you may not be hungry. It may also be difficult for you to find your way to the refrigerator, so be sure to have the food close by.


Conversely, do not eat anything for at least three hours before you take the shrooms. This way the psilocybin will be absorbed more quickly in your body and you are also far less likely to experience the nausea that frequently occurs at the beginning of trips.


Under no circumstances should you take magic mushrooms with any other mind-altering substances. The psychedelic experience you will experience with shrooms is unlike any other experience you have ever had. Mixing them with other drugs can cause a bad trip. That said, some users report that taking a small amount of cannabis can combat the nausea some users feel at the beginning of the trip and battle bad trip-induced anxiety or panic. Do not do this unless you are an experienced shroom user.


There is no “should” about dosage. It is best to go slow, and experiment on the conservative side. If you have never taken shrooms before and are a truffle beginner, you also do not know how sensitive you are to psilocybin. Please also bear in mind, truffle doses are differnt to mushroom.

That said, there are a few benchmarks you can go by. A quarter of a gram of dried shrooms is widely considered the “threshold dose.” This means that a user will have a light experience and barely notice effects. In other words, you may find that bright colours and intense lights take on a “starry” quality but not much more. Your eyes may dilate, you might experience slight nausea, and you might also experience “hallucinations” which feel like fleeting distortions around the edges of your peripheral vision.

A “medium” dose of between 1-2.5gm will create a real trip. Expect to feel nausea. Your eyes will dilate and your blood pressure and heart rate will increase (although not to a dangerous level). Many users also experience a “cooling” sensation that gets stronger as the trip progresses. Full blown visuals will also appear as well as the dream-like images of shroom trips. Emotions will also become dynamic and exaggerated. This is also why it is important to have a sitter, particularly for inexperienced users. Common negative thoughts during this period of time include extreme self-doubt. That said, the “ego-loss” also experienced by users is also frequently described, in the right environment, as an extremely pleasant experience, which also means a literal enjoyment of one’s environment, without any central desire, conflict or control.


There is no simple answer to this question, but broadly, the answer is no. There are no well-documented cases of fatal overdoses, and psilocybin is not considered toxic. Psilocybin mushrooms will also not make you lose track of reality, you will not become a schizophrenic, nor will you trip permanently. However, if you have a documented history of mental illness, it can make these conditions worse. That said, for the majority of the population, shrooms are the safest psychedelic available.


That really depends on the user. The colours of objects become extremely vivid. Users also experience euphoria, and laugh at nothing. Sounds will echo, and you may be unsure whether they occurred at all. You will also be able to “see” intense geometric patterns that morph into different shapes when you close your eyes. Users also report a sense of “freedom” mentally. Trains of thought will flow easily and some shroom trippers report a “better perspective” on their life. Some users also report they can “talk with the divine” or experience “other dimensions” of consciousness.

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