See a sound, hear a colour, feel a sense of wonder and euphoria. These are just a few of the aspects of a psychedelic mushroom trip. But did you know that psilocybin, the psychoactive substance in magic mushrooms, has several purported health benefits like relieving anxiety and depression?
As a schedule 1 drug, it is difficult for scientists to run enough tests to fully understand exactly what it can or cannot do.
Like other hallucinogenic drugs, psilocybin interacts with neural highways in the brain that use the neurotransmitter serotonin. Psilocybin affects the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain regulates abstract thinking, thought analysis, and mood and perception.
By stimulating neurogenesis (brain cell generation) and by making new connections not made before, psilocybin gives your brain newer, more positive memories. Depressive thinking can become hard-wired, giving you that “no escape” feeling.
There are several other responses that you may experience. Your pupils may dilate, due to psilocybin’s effect on increasing levels of serotonin, you may have a distorted sense of time, or you may even have an out-of-body experience.
How Long will Your Trip Last?
How long can a magic mushroom trip last? That depends on the dosage, and how trippy the mushrooms are. Your trip should last no more than 6 hours if you’ve taken less than 5mg of psilocybin (under 8grams of dried shrooms). But if you take between 5 and 15mg (0.8 grams to 2.4 grams of dried shrooms) your trip will last for 7 hours or more. Take anymore, and you’re looking at an even longer trip.
How to Sober Up
You may think how to sober up from shrooms and one way to snap out of it is to speed up the body’s metabolic processes. This may work the drug through your system faster. Try going for a walk or a jog around the block. You can also metabolize psilocybin faster through glucuronidation. Glucuronidation is supported by such foods and nutrients as resveratrol, curcumin, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, milk thistle, grape seed extract, hawthorn, apples, and kale. So, consuming these substances can speed up your metabolic rate and process your psilocybin trip faster.
There is also something called “the Trip Stopper 3000.” These pill packs contain white pills with maltodextrin that can reduce the effects of a bad trip, and also dark pills with valerian, for a smoother comedown. These are good pills to have on hand as a course of action ahead of time.
Getting professional medical help may be necessary, although nobody has ever died from taking psilocybin. Trained professionals know all the options and have the technical know-how needed for managing the situation. In a medically supervised situation, they can administer a drug known as benzodiazepines which can reduce the intensity of the high from a psychedelic trip. It will not immediately halt the trip, but it will reduce stress levels and possibly alleviate a shrooms hangover.
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