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People have fallen severely ill or even died from eating a poisonous mushroom. Magic mushrooms are often sold raw or dried.

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Psilocybin (magic mushrooms)

When people take magic mushrooms, they may see, hear or feel things that are not really there. A person who uses magic mushrooms may also experience other effects like anxiety, fear, nausea and muscle twitches. Use of magic mushrooms does not usually result in a substance use disorder.

Magic mushrooms have been used for thousands of years. There are over 75 subtropical species of mushrooms. Since many species look alike, it can be hard to tell them apart.

Legal status of psilocybin mushrooms

It is possible for people to consume poisonous mushrooms, mistaking them for magic mushrooms. The natural, active ingredients in magic mushrooms are chemicals called psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocybin and psilocin are hallucinogens that produce effects similar to LSD.

Therefore, individuals using magic mushrooms experience hallucinations and an altered state of consciousness. Effects appear within minutes and usually last for four to six hours.

The strength of magic mushrooms can vary greatly. One mushroom may have different concentrations of the active ingredients compared to another and consequently the effects of the magic mushroom can depend on the dose and type of mushroom used.

Magic mushrooms may be sold as either dried whole mushrooms or as a powder. People may choose to take the mushrooms as:. Psilocybin and psilocin can also be sold as a powder or in tablets or capsules and can be produced in illegal labs. These active ingredients, psilocybin and psilocin, can also be injected intravenously. The content of the drugs from illegal labs is not tested and may contain other dangerous substances.

Emotions and senses may be heightened, and people may feel happy and creative. They may laugh or giggle a lot, and experience a sense of mental and emotional clarity. Currently, no studies have evaluated the long-term effects of repetitive use of magic mushrooms. There is little evidence that people can become physically or psychologically dependent on magic mushrooms. However, it is possible to become tolerant to the drug's effects with regular use.

This may occur over several days of continued use.

Psilocybin mushrooms addiction, abuse, and treatment

In this state, even high amounts of the drug will no longer produce the desired effect. Psilocybin is being studied for its potential to treat various conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and problematic drug use.

It is important to note that these studies administered purified active ingredients, i. You will not receive a reply. For enquiries. People may choose to take Illegal drug mushrooms mushrooms as: eaten raw or cooked drunk as a tea or as a mixture with a fruit juice sniffed up the nose snorted when in a powder Psilocybin and psilocin can also be sold as a powder or in tablets or capsules and can be produced in illegal labs. Mental effects Emotions and senses may be heightened, and people may feel happy and creative.

These experiences may be frightening and may include paranoia, loss of boundaries and a distorted sense of self. Co-use of magic mushrooms with substances such as cannabis and amphetamines elevates the risks of side effects For individuals predisposed to or with existing psychiatric conditions, there may be an elevated risk of side effects. This association is still being evaluated.

Are mushrooms really a type of illegal drug?

For individuals with cardiac diseases, short term effects such as increased blood pressure and heart rate could be potentially harmful Substance use disorders and withdrawal There is little evidence that people can become physically or psychologically dependent on magic mushrooms. Therapeutic uses Psilocybin is being studied for its potential to treat various conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and problematic drug use. Currently there are no approved therapeutic products containing psilocybin in Canada.

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