Learn about the magic of nature: shrooms
The mushrooms you are taking as “Magic Mushrooms” or just “Shrooms” are predominantly brown color (not red cap with white dots!) psilocybe gene fungi with precursor active components of psilocybin, psilocin and baeocystin. Psilocybin is a so-called pro-drug, meaning it is converted to psilocin in the body, which is the chemical with psychoactive properties, creating a so-called “trip”. There are other active components in psilocybe mushrooms contributing to the therapeutic and hallucinogenic effects which are widely under study.
How Magic Mushroom works?
Psilocybin and psilocin are psychedelic tryptamines. Psilocin has a structure very similar to the structure of serotonin, a chemical messenger with important roles in our brains and digestive systems. Because of this similarity, psilocin can bind to receptors in the brain that are meant for serotonin. Binding and activation of serotonin receptor sites correlate with the manifestation of psychedelic effects and one important receptor sub-type is the 5-HT2A receptor.
Although our understanding is incomplete, recent studies have given new insights into how psilocybin works. Notably, it is thought that psilocybin works by suppressing parts of the brain that filter out information from a person’s senses. This would cause more sensory information to reach a person’s consciousness, causing hallucinogenic effects and changes in perception.
Magic Mushroom Effects
Psilocybin mushrooms produce changes in consciousness, mood, thought and perception that people call a ‘trip’, or a ‘psychedelic experience’. Especially at higher doses the effects can be extremely intense and indescribable. Perhaps the most important consideration someone should make before deciding to take this natural medicine, especially at moderate or high doses, is whether they are likely to find the experience of losing grip on reality distressing. Everyone’s experiences of mushrooms are unique to them, so what may be an easily manageable dose for a friend may be too much for you.
Magic mushrooms can cause people to think about things in odd ways, they sometimes make people feel euphoric, and can cause visual and auditory hallucinations. Hallucinations can be subtle or all-encompassing. Colors may change in tone and intensity, surfaces may move, colorful fractal geometry patterns can form and with high enough doses, objects morph into other things and users may experience encounters with imaginary places and people. There can also be changes in the perception of time, with minutes potentially feeling like hours and vice versa.
Acting and talking normally are likely to become impossible above very small doses. The experience can be spiritual, and some people rank their experiences with mushrooms among the most personally important times in their lives. Equally, the experience can be just a bit of interesting fun or can be regrettable. Possible physical side-effects include nausea and stomach discomfort. Your pupils get very large and you may feel heavy and clumsy. The appearance of delayed headaches can also occur following ingestion of magic mushrooms which may persist for up to 2 days. After tripping, you may feel wiped out and in need of rest. The more you take and the bigger the trip, the greater the chance of unpleasant side-effects and after-effects.
The psychedelic experience is quite often overwhelming, frightening or unpleasantly disorientating, at least for passing moments. Trips which are terrifying throughout are much less common, but they do happen. The risk of horrible psychological effects gets higher with increasing dosages.
It can take between 10 to 60 minutes after eating your shrooms before the effects kick in. A moderate dose will wear off after about 4 hours, although the tail-end of the experience can be long-lasting, with some lingering effects of a strong dose continuing for hours, so driving could still be dangerous and working difficult after a trip. It is important to note that the strength of magic mushrooms is hugely variable, and as with all drugs, different people can respond very differently to the same dose.
Psychedelics Use Protocols
For a manageable, pleasant, and favorably impactful macro-dose experience, aka good trip, you should take several preparatory, cautionary and follow-up steps. Followings are 5 essential requirements for securing a good trip:
- Set (Mindset & Intention)
- Setting (Your Surrounding)
- Sitter (Shaman, Healer or a Therapist in Therapeutic Settings)
- Post-Medicine Reflections and Integration
All these steps are crucial to create a transformative, fruitful and memorable experience for you. However, dosing is non-negotiable, as it is what you ingest and take into your body.
“All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.”
We want you to be extremely responsible and cognizant of ingesting the right dose, as our mission in SHAFAA is to help you heal, have a healthier mental state, and enjoy your life. If you review SHAFAA’s products and packaging, dosing has been such critical that it is creatively embedded into our brand identity and messaging to educate our consumers on what to expect and ensure no one takes a wrong dose of magic mushrooms by mistake. It is essential to add that the same dose can have dissimilar intensity effects on different people.
We recommend you to never ingest more than 5 grams of dry magic mushrooms (or equivalent dose in other derivatives/formats) in one take. A normal macro dose of psilocybin shrooms is 2.5 to 3.5 grams.
Micro-dosing means to take a miniscule/non intoxicating dose to achieve the benefits to health. It is the administration of doses so low that they will not provide a full body effect but high enough for a cellular response and positive change. A valid dose for microdosing is between 75 to 125 mg of magic mushrooms in each take. There are a few microdosing protocols proposed by James Fadiman, Paul Stamets and The Third Wave educational platform for psychedelics.
Non psychoactive | Mood enhancement | Decreased stress | Emotional stability | Mindfulness, presence and peace | Openness and self-forgiveness | Increased empathy and sociability | Conversational fluidity | Alleviation of persistent conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, PTSD | Increased motivation (e.g. to make positive lifestyle changes) | Increased focus/productivity | Increased flow states | Clearer, more connected thinking | Improved memory | Enhanced senses | Enhanced appreciation for music, art, etc. | Increased creativity | Spontaneity | Easier meditation | Increased enjoyment of physical activity and everyday tasks | Relaxation and increased awareness of body | Enhanced athletic endurance | Increased energy overall (without anxiety or subsequent crash) | Amplification of mood, positive or negative | Slight sedative effect
Introspective insights | Mood enhancement, mild euphoria or excitement | Mindfulness, presence, and peace | Openness and self-forgiveness | Introspective insights | Alleviation of persistent conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, PTSD | Increased motivation (e.g. to make positive lifestyle changes) | Increased flow states | Clearer, more connected thinking | Enhanced senses | Enhanced appreciation for music, art, etc. | Increased creativity | Spontaneity | Easier meditation | Increased enjoyment of physical activity and everyday tasks | Relaxation and increased awareness of body | Increased energy in waves | Mild body high | Amplification of mood, positive or negative | Preference for introspection over socializing | Increased sensitivity to light | Very mild visuals, if any
Mood enhancement, euphoria or excitement | Mild to moderate visuals (e.g. “breathing” environments) | Increased empathy | Conversational fluidity | Introspection | Increased flow states | Enhanced senses | Enhanced appreciation for music, art, etc. | Increased creativity | Spontaneity | Increased enjoyment of physical activity and everyday tasks | Finding otherwise mundane things funny or interesting | Enhanced athletic endurance | Moderate body high | Clear come-up, peak, and come-down | Amplification of mood, positive or negative | Altered perception of sound | Time dilation or contraction (time passing more slowly or quickly) | Increased sensitivity to light | Pupil dilation
Strong euphoria or excitement | Sense of peace | Mystical experience and feelings of wonder | Life-changing introspective or philosophical insights | Increased flow of ideas | Increased senses | Enhanced senses | Enhanced appreciation for music, art, etc. | Finding otherwise mundane things funny or interesting | Strong body high | Clear come-up, peak, and come-down | Amplification of emotions, whether good or bad | Open- and closed-eye visuals (e.g. patterns, auras) | Synesthesia | Time dilation or contraction (time passing more slowly or quickly) | Sedation | Unusual physical sensations | Sensitivity to light | Wide pupil dilation | Compulsive yawning
Strong euphoria or excitement | Mystical experience and intense feelings of wonder | Life-changing introspective or philosophical insights | Ego death | Increased flow of ideas | Increased creativity | Enhanced senses | Finding otherwise mundane things funny or interesting | Very strong body high | Clear come-up, peak, and come-down | Amplification of emotions, whether good or bad | Very strong open- and closed-eye visions (e.g. memories coming to life) | Visual, auditory, tactile hallucinations | Synesthesia | Time becoming meaningless | Thought loops | Sedation | Unusual physical sensations and altered perception of physical form | Sensitivity to light | Very wide pupil dilation | Compulsive yawning
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