What are psilocybin and magic mushrooms?

Psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance, is present in a few mushrooms that are native to Europe, South America, Mexico, and the United States. Planet-of-mushrooms Magic mushrooms are psilocybin-containing Cubensis mushrooms.

People can consume the hallucinogen psilocybin by eating specific kinds of mushrooms.

What it does

Psilocybin frequently causes the prefrontal brain’s serotonin receptors to become active. Perception, thought, and emotion are all influenced by this region of the brain. Additionally, hallucinogens have an impact on the brain regions in charge of regulating arousal and panic attacks. The effects of psilocybin can be influenced by the amount of the drug taken, one’s prior experiences, and their expectations of how the experience would unfold.

The following factors affect a magic mushroom’s potency:

  • species origin
  • whether someone consumes them fresh or dry depends on the growth circumstances and harvest season.
  • Dried mushrooms have around 10 times the amount of psilocybin as fresh ones.


Mushrooms that contain psilocybin are frequently small and brown or tan in colour. Psilocybin-containing mushrooms found in the wild are occasionally mistaken for a number of other harmful fungi.

To mask its bitter taste, psilocybin is generally taken with food or as brewed tea. Additionally, manufacturers grind dried mushrooms before putting them in capsule form. People who eat these mushrooms occasionally coat them with chocolate.

According to study, “magic mushrooms” used for medicinal purposes legally may have numerous potential advantages, from managing alcoholism to curing depression. Hallucinogen-containing mushrooms, or “magic mushrooms,” often include psilocybin and psilocin. Magic mushroom side effects include elevated heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety, dread, nausea, and twitching muscles. Additionally, you can experience unreal sights, sounds, or sensations. Consuming magic mushrooms sometimes may cause “poor trips” or “flashbacks.” The usage of magic mushrooms dates back thousands of years. Over 200 different varieties of Cubensis magic mushrooms exist. Because so many different varieties of mushrooms resemble one another, it may be difficult to tell them apart. People have been known to confuse harmful mushrooms for magical mushrooms and consume them.