Also known as: Shrooms, Magic Mushrooms
Mushrooms containing psilocybin are available fresh or dried and have long, slender stems topped by caps with dark gills on the underside. Fresh mushrooms have white or whitish-gray stems; the caps are dark brown around the edges and light brown or white in the center. Dried mushroom
Psilocybin mushrooms are ingested orally. They may also be brewed as a tea or added to other foods to mask their bitter flavor.
The psychological consequences of psilocybin use include hallucinations and an inability to discern fantasy from reality. Panic reactions and psychosis also may occur, particularly if a user ingests a large dose.
The physical effects include: Nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, and lack of coordination. Abuse of psilocybin mushrooms can also lead to poisoning if one of the many varieties of poisonous mushrooms is incorrectly identified as a psilocybin mushroom
There are long-lasting effects from mushroom use:
- Flashbacks that may be pleasant or a living nightmare; may be caused by using other drugs or by engaging in physical exercise; have appeared weeks, months, and even years after the use of mushrooms
- Sustained depression
- Lack of motivation
- Panic attacks
- Compromised memory
- Inability to concentrate
- Severe mental disturbances