Magic Mushrooms, as they are known, are naturally occurring Fungi which are usually consumed raw or dried and ground up and drank in tea or coffee, and produce hallucinogenic effects. There are numerous, many different kinds and varieties of magic mushrooms with varying strengths. Basically the mushrooms take back the imagination to internal or external influences and let it run without bounds, whether the ‘trip’ be pleasurable or even a nightmarish experience is practically uncontrollable. It generally takes no further than one hour for the trip to engage, and can last up to 6 hours. It’s just like a less intense alternative to the far more dangerous semi-synthetic hallucinogen LSD.
Whilst the long term aftereffects of taking magic mushrooms regularly are somewhat unknown, the biggest problem is their natural availability (they grow in wild grazing fields in or just around cow and horse feces). Mushroom chocolate This is often somewhat of an irresistible lure to the thrill seeking mushroom users who’ll get out and collect them by themselves thinking every mushroom is consumable. However, not many of these fungi are the desired ones and it can be very difficult to tell apart ones which are or aren’t toxic. Some of these mushrooms are highly poisonous and can kill in a very slow and painful way, for example fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. Some have a late reaction taking days to show any signs or symptoms before taking your daily life with absolutely no antidote.
Because Magic Mushrooms are naturally occurring and not ‘processed’ by any means before consumption, they are somewhat naively considered a safe drug. Simply no drug is safe, and most drugs are naturally occurring or refined from natural plants or fungi anyway. Having said that, they aren’t called an addictive or heavy drug, nor are they as violent or psychologically damaging as LSD, nor are they socially corroding such as for instance crack or heroin. Depending on the mushroom-users mental predisposition however, mushrooms might have a damaging impact on the user. For instance, if an individual is susceptible to having a delicate mental state or is of an extremely suggestible nature, they could believe their hallucinations to function as the manifestation of something true and become somewhat obsessed with it and damaged by it.
One documented case of those extremities involved a child who began taking mushrooms and started having the recurring hallucination of a flower clothed as a court-jester which repeatedly taunted him with scarring insults. As preposterous as it sounds, without discounting these experiences merely as hallucinations, he believed this abusive-flower to function as the manifestation of truths about himself and spiralled into an extreme depression. He and his friends admitted he was absolutely fine before taking mushrooms, but somewhere during the course a can of worms was opened for him. Sadly, even today he still struggles with emotional and mental issues which simply weren’t there before the advent of his life-changing hallucinations. It could be impossible to state for certain in this case if the mushrooms were in charge of triggering such continuing mental problems, or an underlying mental illness had been present and the mushroom use was inconsequential, however it is always worth bearing in mind.