How does taking mushrooms feel? Continue reading for a look at the various impacts of magic mushrooms based on dose, as well as the other variables that affect the intensity of a trip.
Magic mushrooms are among the numerous psychedelics that will launch you on a psychedelic journey. These mushrooms, popularly known as shrooms, contain psilocybin, psilocin, and many other psychoactive chemicals. Psilocybin and psilocin are naturally occurring psychedelic substances generated by over 200 species of mushrooms known together as “psilocybin mushrooms.” In this post, we’ll address the essential question: what effects can you anticipate from various dosages of magic mushrooms?
The psychoactive effects of magic mushrooms vary from person to person based on a multitude of interrelated elements. These include, among others, the user’s mood, body weight, environment, the mushroom species utilized, and the dose.
POTENCY OF DIFFERENT MAGIC MUSHROOM SPECIES
Before discussing the various stages of intoxication, let’s quickly examine the potency of some of the most common species. Please note that we have given sources for each species since alkaloid concentrations are the subject of much discussion. Fresh mushrooms are known as concentrations.
Psilocybe azurescens is mostly found on the West Coast of the United States and contains up to 1.78% psilocybin and 0.38% psilocin (Stamets and Gartz 1995).
Psilocybe bohemica or serbica is found across different parts of Central Europe. It contains up to 1.34% psilocybin and 0.11% psilocin (Gartz and Muller 1989; Gartz 1994).
Psilocybe semilanceata typically grows in grasslands and is often found in pastures. It grows abundantly in Central Europe, but also the meadows of the US, Canada, and Russia. It contains up to 0.98% psilocybin and 0.02% psilocin (Gartz 1994).
Psilocybe baeocystis loves the decaying conifer mulch and peat mosses of the Pacific Northwest. Up to 0.85% psilocybin and 0.59% psilocin have been found in this species (Repke et al. 1977; Beug and Bigwood 1982(b)).
Psilocybe cyanescens is found across the globe in parts of Australia and West Asia, the Pacific Northwest, and Central Europe. It can contain up to 0.85% psilocybin and 0.36% psilocin (Stijve and Kuyper 1985; Repke et al. 1977).
EFFECTS BY DOSAGE: THE 5 TRIP LEVELS
When taken, psilocybin is converted into psilocin by the body. Psilocin impacts the brain and gut serotonin systems (which is why tripping sometimes causes nausea). It also changes brain connections, enabling areas of the brain to interact that would not normally do so.
It is essential to remember that the result of the journey relies on a huge number of circumstances (location, weight, dose, mood, company, music, etc). Each variable contributes to the creation of the experience, much to how a symphony is the product of several instruments performing together.
Notably, dose must always be adjusted based on the user’s exact body weight. Consequently, different users may need different doses of the same species of mushroom to get comparable benefits. Insider tip: use Zamnesia’s dose calculator to begin navigating the beautiful world of mushrooms and truffles. Here is a summary of the impacts based on the amount consumed (expressed in grams of dried shrooms).
TRIP LEVEL 1: MICRODOSE (0.05–0.5G)
This dosage is so little that the effects are not perceptible; they are sub-perceptual. In general, day-to-day living may seem “better.” This may be related to potential decreases in stress, improved mood, enhanced creativity, sensations of increased vitality, and receptivity.
This practice is known as microdosing, and many feel it enhances quality of life without producing a noticeable high.
TRIP LEVEL 2: BEGINNER DOSE (0.5–1G)
When consuming a little amount of mushrooms, one should feel calm, carefree, and easygoing. It’s nearly as if you’re stoned, but you’ll be sociable and energetic, and maybe even ecstatic. In addition to heightened senses and a boost in general vitality, your inner life will begin to flourish as more introspective insights and an easier time meditating emerge.
If you like a carefree experience characterized by a pleasant and enjoyable high, we recommend a little dosage.
TRIP LEVEL 3: MILD DOSE (1–1.5G)
Expect euphoria, mild to moderate visuals (such as colors seeming more bright or luminous, moving or warped surfaces, and the sensation of seeing the world in high definition), a rise in inventiveness, and great fluency of speech. Your perception of time will either pass more rapidly or more slowly. Physically, you will feel a moderate body high, maybe accompanied by slight nausea and some perspiration. However, a sudden and overwhelming burst of laughter may allow everything to pass again!
If you are open to a psychedelic experience but want to be cautious and maintain a degree of control, this spectrum is for you.
TRIP LEVEL 4: MEDIUM DOSE (2–3.5G)
You will experience great exhilaration and excitement after taking a modest amount of magic mushrooms. It will be a spiritual experience in which you may obtain profound philosophical insights and engage in life-altering contemplation. Any of the following may emerge to varied degrees: emotions (both positive and negative), synesthetic experiences (such as hearing colors or seeing sounds), sensitivity to light and noise, inventiveness, and, of course, open- and closed-eye visuals (e.g. patterns, auras around objects, etc.).
This is the typical psychedelic experience, and if you want to experience mushrooms or truffles head-on, it is strongly advised that you take this dose.
TRIP LEVEL 5: FULL-BLOWN TRIP (4–5G+)
This is when you abandon reality entirely. You may experience intense visual, aural, and tactile hallucinations, as well as full-fledged hallucinations (yes, inanimate things may start speaking to you!). Your ego will disintegrate totally, and you will no longer see a sharp separation between yourself and your environment. Additionally, time will lose any significance. In other words, all the components of a traditional psychedelic trip will be amplified, and you will merge with the cosmos in an infinite continuum where there is no good or evil.
This level is only accessible to seasoned psychonauts who are already acquainted with the traditional trip and seek to experience more. Consult with more experienced users before attempting such huge doses, and make sure you are in a healthy mental condition and a safe place before you trip! Also, make sure to have a trip sitter available in the event that you panic.
Here we are! A user-friendly review of mushroom intoxication, the various stages of intoxication, and their accompanying consequences. You may achieve each of them by meticulously regulating all the elements that contribute to the whole symphony. As with anything else in life, begin cautiously and build upon your experience. You will gradually discover what works best for you, your body, and your mind. Enjoy!