Psilocybin is the active psychedelic ingredient in psilocybe (or magic) mushrooms. Psilocybe mushrooms can be found growing all over the world, and have been used for millenia in a variety of cultures. While psilocybin is primarily used recreationally, people use psilocybin for several reasons: augmenting creativity, treating anxiety and clinical depression, and assisting psychotherapy.
A psilocybin trip typically lasts 4-6 hours, but longer or shorter trips are not unheard of. While effects vary depending on the individual and setting, it is common to see patterns in ordinary objects, feel that sound and light are intensified, and feel euphoria or childlike wonder.
The effects of psilocybin are significantly determined by your pre-trip mental state; it’s important to take steps to make your self comfortable and soothed before the trip.
The Lemon Tek method is a common method of speeding up the onset of a psilocybin mushroom trip. Grinding mushrooms and applying an acidic solution such as lemon juice speeds up the conversion of psilocybin into the psychoactive chemical psilocin - a process which typically occurs during digestion.
Comparison with LSD
Psilocybin and LSD share many similarities, but also have some subtle differences. The primary difference is that LSD produces a longer psychedelic experience than does psilocybin. There are also anecdotal reports of LSD being less “introspective” than magic mushrooms, but there’s little theoretical basis for such claims.
Unlike LSD, psilocybin mushrooms have a long history of use in many cultures. For this reason, psilocybin mushrooms are legal in several countries, including Jamaica, Mexico, and the Netherlands, among others.
The United States does not explicitly ban mushrooms , but it does list psilocybin and psilocin as Schedule I drugs in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This means that, in practice, psychedelic mushroom spores are not federally illegal, because they do not contain psilocin and psilocybin, and can be bought online in all states except California, Idaho, and Georgia. Cultivating psilocybin mushrooms, however, remains illegal in the United States.
Psilocybin is rarely tested for in drug tests, except in situations where psilocybin use is suspected. In those cases, most drug tests other than hair tests will only be able to detect psilocybin use in the last week or two. Hair follicle tests are more powerful, and can detect psilocybin use within 90 days.
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- What preparations should I make before my psilocybin experience?
- What is the legal status of psilocybin mushrooms?
- What is Lemon Tek, and how does it produce a faster trip?
- What are the differences between psilocybin (magic) mushrooms and LSD?