Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance obtained from certain types of fresh or dried mushrooms. The mushrooms are usually ingested orally by being brewed as a tea or added to other foods to mask their bitter flavor. After being consumed, the psilocybin in the mushrooms is broken down to produce psilocyn, another hallucinogenic chemical.
The psychological effects of psilocybin mushrooms include hallucinations and an inability to discern fantasy from reality. Psilocybin frees the brain from archived pathways based on patterns and assumptions and opens up new perspectives and thought processes. Good feelings and psychedelic visions of sound and color also accompany the experiences of a human under the effects of psilocybin and psilocin, also referred to as magic mushrooms.
Psilocybin is illegal in the U.S. and described as a Schedule I substance because of the high potential for abuse and the fact that it serves no legitimate medical purpose. The risks in association with the ingesting of psilocybin mushrooms include, but are not limited to, panic reactions, psychosis, and even death. Many users may suffer mushroom abuse and are affected by nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, drowsiness, and lack of coordination. There is also a risk of being poisoned if a variety of poisonous mushroom is incorrectly identified as a psilocybin mushroom.
Psilocybin mushrooms also go by slang names on the street, such as:
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