Psilocybin (Mushrooms)

Psilocybin (Mushrooms)

Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Psilocybin?

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic hallucinogen chemical obtained from certain types of mushrooms. Thus, psilocybin is often referred to as “mushrooms.” The drug has dangerous mind-altering effects and no accepted medical use.

What Are Common Street Names?

Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms, Boomers, Musk

What Does It Look Like?

Psilocybin mushrooms are long and slender, with dark gills underneath their caps.

How Is It Used?

Psilocybin is taken orally. Due to its bitter flavor, it is sometimes brewed as a tea or added to other foods.

What Are the Short-Term Effects of Psilocybin?

Psilocybin, like other hallucinogens, can provide a temporary form of escape from everyday life. Individuals may use the drug with friends as a form of social bonding, or to experience a “happy trip.” However, its hallucinogenic properties can also cause users to harm themselves and others.

Why Is Psilocybin Harmful?

Psilocybin can cause both psychological and physical side effects, including nausea, reduced coordination, and muscle weakness. Because the drug blurs reality, panic attacks and psychosis can also ensue, though these effects are more likely to occur if individuals consume higher doses of the drug. Additionally, users can become poisoned if they mistake a hazardous variety of mushrooms for psilocybin mushrooms.

Long-Term Effects of Psilocybin Abuse

While repeated psilocybin misuse does not lead to physical addiction, it can cause mental health issues to develop, including:

  • Self-injury
  • Violent behavior
  • Psychosis
  • Increased delusions
Recognizing Psilocybin Addiction

Repeated abuse of mushrooms can alter the chemicals in users’ brains, leading to addiction. The symptoms associated with a psilocybin dependency include:

Psychological Symptoms

  • Euphoria
  • Aggression
  • Hallucination
  • Distorted perception

Physical Signs

  • Shaking
  • Stomach pain
  • Changes in appetite
  • Numbness of the face
What Does a Psilocybin Overdose Look Like?

Although an individual would need to consume an extremely high amount to experience a physical overdose, consuming psilocybin can lead to serious psychological symptoms often referred to as a “bad trip”. These are more likely to occur if the individual suffers from a mental disorder or mixes psilocybin with other substances.

  • Anxiety
  • Mixed senses
  • Intensified feelings
  • Extreme depression
  • Psychosis
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Intense discomfort
  • Intense panic attacks

Due to the dangerous psychological effects that psilocybin can cause, individuals who experience an overdose require immediate medical attention.

How Do You Treat Psilocybin Addiction?

Psilocybin Detox

To overcome addiction to mushrooms, one must first discontinue use. This allows the body to cleanse itself from toxins. While this occurs, it is possible for individuals to experience dangerous psychological withdrawal symptoms, and it is therefore recommended that individuals be under the supervision of a medical professional during this time.

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
Psilocybin Addiction Treatment

Psilocybin mushrooms have a particularly powerful effect on an individual’s psychological well-being, and so, continuing onto a treatment program that focuses on addiction’s psychological effects is crucial. Inpatient/residential and outpatient treatment programs provide individuals with drug counseling, education, and the tools needed to achieve mental wellness.

HOLISTIC THERAPIES

Incorporating holistic therapies alongside traditional drug treatment helps to strengthen an individual’s mind, body, and spirit during treatment, as well as provide them with the necessary tools to maintain their sobriety once they have completed treatment.

Individuals suffering from psilocybin addiction may particularly benefit from activities that encourage creativity and socialization. Those who consumed psilocybin mushrooms to repress their worries and fears may value the opportunity to unwind through Yoga, where they can refocus their energy on breathing and posing techniques. Psilocybin users who relied on the drug’s psychedelic effects can alternatively expand their imaginations through Therapeutic Art. Individuals who searched for a leisurely way to connect with others through their psilocybin use can enjoy making music and forming new friendships in Mindfulness Through Music.

Women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction taking a yoga class at Mountainside rehab center

Yoga

Sequence of postures and breathing exercises to unite your physical, mental, and spiritual self in order to strengthen total wellness.

Art therapy in opioid addiction treatment program.

Therapeutic Art

Emotional exploration and personal fulfillment through art therapy techniques including drawing, collages, and hands-on crafts.

Discover additional therapeutic activities that enhance total well-being on our Wellness page.

If you or a loved one is struggling with psilocybin addiction, know that you are not alone. Our team of medical, clinical, and wellness experts are here to help you break free from addiction and achieve the happy, healthy life you deserve.