People often ask, “what do shrooms feel like, and what exactly do shrooms do?” The reality is that it’s challenging to put a trip into words. A trip on shrooms or magic mushrooms is going to produce a hallucinogenic effect. It’s made by the chemical compound psilocybin found in these fungi and can range from mild visions of colours with closed eyes to potentially dangerous effects.
The journey on shrooms first starts with a slight feeling of euphoria, and then it gets progressively more intense. Some people experience visual hallucinations, while others have an increased sense of empathy. In essence, the substance heightens your emotions and senses. Keep in mind if you take a large dose, this can lead to panic attacks and psychosis. You may also experience spiritual awareness or have an out-of-body experience.
There are some long-term effects of regularly using shrooms. They include falling into a drug-induced psychosis where your paranoia takes over. As a result, you may experience visual disturbances and violent mood swings. Additionally, it’s reported that people may experience flashbacks of a bad trip long after the original experience.
Here are the most common effects of shrooms:
- Good/high feeling
- Out of body feeling
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Lost perception of time.
- Boosted creativity
- Dilated pupils
- Impaired Coordination
- Change in sexual behaviours
- Dry mouth
- Increase blood pressure
Medical Benefits of Shrooms
Shrooms offer an abundance of medical benefits when used correctly. In addition, some studies have shown incredible effects on mental health in the following areas. If you plan on taking shrooms for any medical reason, please consult with a doctor first.
Personality or Trauma-Related Disorders
The human brain starts a blank canvas that we fill with experiences: positive and negative. Sometimes those experiences cause us to undergo personality changes or trauma-related disorders. For example, studies found that correct doses of shrooms provide numerous benefits for people suffering from depression or anxiety. Often the drug changed people’s perception and increased their openness.
Quit Unhealthy Habits like Smoking
Studies have shown that magic mushrooms are helping people quit their unhealthy habits like smoking. In addition, in cases of addiction to cocaine or nicotine, shrooms managed to help the addicts reduce drug dependency.
The right dose of shrooms can help you expand your creativity. Psychedelics push you beyond your limits because they detach you from an inhibitive ego. Shrooms help you realize you can achieve things on your own and that nothing holds you back, thus letting your creativity flow.
Other Common Medical Uses of Shrooms:
- Relieve Cancer Pain
- Cure Headaches
- Manage Mental Health
- Therapeutic Drug for the existential malaise
- Addiction Treatment
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