The Psilocybin Checklist: How to Prepare for Your First Mushroom Trip

Jun 26, 2022 / Psilocybin

Over 32 million Americans have tried illicit drugs or misused prescription medicines. One of the most popular drugs is psychedelic mushrooms because they provide a different view of life.

Another reason people use this hallucinogen drug is to relieve stress. Others use shrooms for spiritual reasons to help them detach from reality and connect to another world.

Regardless, you must prepare yourself to avoid a bad experience. Read on to learn how to prepare for your first mushroom trip.

What Are Psychedelic Mushrooms?

Magic‌ ‌mushrooms‌ ‌are‌ shrooms that occur naturally and contain psilocybin. Psilocybin is a hallucinogen and psychoactive ‌compound. The most well-known psychedelic drug is psilocybin.

Psilocybin is still a schedule 1 drug in the United States, which means that it is subject to abuse and has no ‌accepted‌ ‌medical‌ ‌use. ‌However, many people do not let this stop them from experiencing‌ ‌a‌ ‌psychedelic‌ ‌trip.

According‌ ‌to‌ ‌data, there were 17,9 million adults who used psychedelics in the past year in the United States. ‌‌‌Psychedelics, including shrooms, have a long and unique history in many different cultures.

Native Americans and Europeans have used the plant for spiritual and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Spiritual experiences and self-discovery have long been associated with mushrooms. 

Some people believe herbal remedies, such as magic mushrooms and marijuana, can help them achieve a superior spiritual state. Another common use of magic mushrooms is to achieve a sense of euphoria, connection, and distorted perspective on‌ ‌time.

How do you consume magic mushrooms?

There are several different ways a person can consume shrooms. Below are the most common methods:

  • Smoking
  • Mixing mushrooms with other foods
  • Eating them raw
  • Adding magic mushrooms to tea or juices
  • Creating smoothies with them
  • Creating shroom-infused chocolates

Many people do not enjoy the taste of magic mushrooms and find them to be too plain tasting. If you discover you hate their taste, try becoming creative in your cooking. 

You can sprinkle the mushrooms into your favorite dishes, such as salads, pizzas, and pasta. Also, if you’re craving something sweet, consider putting shrooms in cookies before baking them.

What Happens During a Magic Mushroom Trip?

You will experience altered perceptions ‌when you take mushrooms due‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌psilocin‌ ‌compound. ‌Therefore, your judgment-based brain is turned off. You will see thoughts, memories, and perceptions unfiltered.

During the influence of magic mushroom, your way of seeing reality changes. Some people may hallucinate about people, items, or animals during their high. In the first 20 to 45 minutes, your senses may start going through a process known as synesthesia.

This‌ ‌occurs when you are experiencing a sense, and another sense unrelated to the first activates. For example, you may start hearing music playing and, simultaneously, seeing swirls of color flowing through the air.

Approximately two to three hours after ingestion, the peak of the high occurs. Everyone’s mushroom trip is unique, so it’s hard to describe. Most say they feel more connected to their environment and universe during the height of the high.

It’s as though they lose the sense of their own identity and merge into the things around them. Also, people begin hallucinating as if they’re flying through the universe. 

This does not happen to everyone. The trip you have will depend on the dosage.

The comedown of the high begins to happen between four to six hours after ingesting the shroom. ‌Your brain is processing the mushroom trip and rationally describing it as you return to reality. As the psilocin slowly leaves, you’ll experience a few more trips but not as intense as the first one.

The Essential Steps to Take Before Your Magic Mushroom Trip

Again, everyone’s mushroom trip is not the same, and if beginners take a high dosage for the first time, they may experience a bad trip. Of course, you do not want this to happen as it can be a scary experience. In the following sections, we’ll discuss how you can plan your psilocybin trip.

Learn About the Different Strains of Psychedelic Mushrooms

There are many types of mushrooms containing psilocybin. These magic mushrooms include Copelandia, Inocybe, Pholiotina, and Pluteus. Several other types of mushrooms have different compounds, including psilocin and baeocystin.

Each of these different strains will give a person a different type of high; some are stronger than others. As a beginner, it’s vital for you to research the type of mushroom you plan on using and compare its potency to other strains. For example, Psilocybe Azurescens are known to have the strongest potency and is often not recommended to new users.

As a beginner, trying shrooms with the weakest potency is best to experience a less intense trip. Some of the magic mushrooms best for new users are the Golden Teacher, B+ mushrooms, and Mexicana Magic Truffles.

Know How Long Mushrooms Trip Last

The time frame of your magic mushroom trip will depend on several things: intake dosage, tolerance level, contents in your stomach, and experience level. Usually, the onset effects of psychedelic mushrooms begin between 20 to 45 minutes after ingestion. 

The average time frame of the trip lasts between three to five hours, sometimes lasting for six hours. Also, it can take at least two hours for psilocybin to leave your bloodstream during the coming down phase.

Find Out Your Dosage for Magic Mushrooms

Finding your correct dosage for a mushroom trip can be difficult to know. It depends on your weight, the strain you’re using, and the desired effect you want.

There’s a chance that you might miscalculate the dosage you should take, but you don’t want to do this since it can cause a bad trip. The best way to do it is by micro-dosing psilocybin for a mushroom trip.

Plan Out Your Magic Mushroom Trip

Planning your mushroom trip is essential to experiencing a safe alternative state of mind. After you figure out the type of shroom you’ll use and the dosage, you want to do a fast at least 12 hours before using. 

Magic mushrooms can cause nausea or vomiting if you use them right after eating. While fasting, drinking lots of water for hydration can limit serve headaches during the coming down phase.

Next, you want to consider how you will administer magic shrooms into your system. If you don’t want to eat them raw, scroll back to the top of the post to find other ways to consume them.

Now grab a journal and set your intention on why you’re deciding to take magic mushrooms. Do you want to become closer to your spiritual guides, or do you want to explore your childhood memories?

Setting the intention can provide a framework for the energy and attention to flow in a positive direction. Once you set your intention, start meditating to create a calming mindset. Your thoughts, mood, and expectations can negatively affect your journey when you enter the mushroom trip.

Because magic mushrooms can enhance one’s mental state, it’s essential to consider one’s emotional state at the start‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌journey. ‌In this process, you may want to put aside any expectations, remind yourself of your intention, and go with the flow of the trip.

Lastly, when you experience your psilocybin trip, make it a day you don’t have any responsibilities. ‌It can be anxiety-inducing to return to work after taking mushrooms and can even impede any mental processes currently unfolding.

What if You Experience a Bad Trip and Can You Stop It

A recent survey of magic mushroom users found that 10% of people had a bad experience with them, calling it the worst trip they’d‌ ‌ever‌ ‌had. There’s a chance of you experiencing a bad mushroom trip during your first time even if you do the steps above.

So, what are you supposed to do during a bad psilocybin trip?

First, know that you cannot get stuck in a bad trip. You will eventually come out of it after the psilocybin leaves your system. 

Before your trip, consider asking someone to be there with you. They can talk to you during your mushroom trip, telling you everything is fine.

A bad trip will cause you to see the world as evil, and possibly many villains will be around. If the trip becomes too bad, you may have to go to the emergency room for them to help bring down the effects. Also, remember it’s best to have someone with you and to be in a quiet room when you use shrooms. 

Experience a Mushroom Trip Through Ketamine-Assisted Therapy

If you’re afraid of experiencing a bad mushroom trip, consider using shrooms with the guidance of a licensed therapist. They can ensure you’re safe during your trip and do not harm yourself or anyone else.

The Daytrip Psychedelic Wellness Center has locations in Phoenix, Arizona, Scottsdale, Oregon, and Bend, Oregon. Come experience a safe and positive trip with ketamine-assisted therapy with us today.