How Long Do Magic Mushrooms Last?

Taking magic mushrooms, also known as psilocybin shrooms, can be a little overwhelming. Whilst it’s an exciting experience, it can also cause some people to feel nervous. The easiest way to combat this is to dig a little deeper and do some research into how taking shrooms feels and how long the effects last for. 

This article looks into the length of time that most users feel the effects for, as well as some handy tips for making your magic mushroom trip the best it can be!

How Long Does it Take for Shrooms to Kick in?

Psilocybin is the active chemical in shrooms which causes changes to the brain, as after digestion it turns into psilocin. This chemical has been compared to having similar effects to serotonin, causing the user to feel pleasure. Depending on how the shrooms have been ingested, it can take anywhere between 20-40 minutes before the effects are felt. In some cases it can take upto 2 hours before any significant changes are felt. 

The method in which the shrooms are ingested impacts how quickly the effects kick in, for example taking shrooms in capsules will take longer as the casing needs to dissolve first. Many users find that eating the shrooms or mixing them with tea can increase the time in which they feel the effects taking place. It’s also advised to try this method as magic mushrooms have quite a distinctive, earthy taste which can be combatted by mixing them with food or hot drinks.[1] 

Finally, whether you’ve eaten or not beforehand can play a role in how quick the psilocybin enters your system. Most people prefer to take shrooms on a relatively empty stomach as it can cause nausea

How Long Does a Mushroom Trip Last? 

The form in which you take shrooms can also affect how long a magic mushroom trip lasts. In general, they tend to last between 4-6 hours, during which time you’ll feel a range of feelings and experiences. It isn’t a constant experience, so you can expect to feel waves of heightened awareness and senses, and other times of relative ‘normalness’.[2] 

After 12 hours have passed, most of the intense effects will have worn off, but some people do still feel lingering effects well into the following day. This will come down to how much you have consumed as quantity can affect a shroom trip quite significantly.

Can a Trip Be Shortened If Needed?

It is completely impossible to shorten a trip, but the key lies in knowing what works for you as an individual. You’ll never be able to completely reverse the effects, but some people find that eating certains fruits or foods can tamper with the length of their trip. One user found that drinking milk or orange juice worked in reducing the intensity of the trip, but not the length of it. 

What to Expect From Shrooms 

The beauty of taking shrooms is that every trip is unique and different to the last. It’s not an experience that you can control, so the best way to make the most of your shroom trip is to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. 

Many people take the opportunity to connect with nature, and escape the stresses of everyday life. Psilocybin helps to find deeper connections with the earth and with others around us. It’s common for users to spend parts of their trip outside in nature, reflecting and connecting with their surroundings. 

With that being said, bad trips can also take place. If this happens, you may feel anxiety, paranoia and even panic and fear. Bad hallucinations can cause you to see things that aren’t real, and the lack of control over your emotions can be distressing. 

During a situation like this, it’s best to try and remain calm. Remind yourself that the trip is temporary, and even though your sense of time may be distorted, the trip will eventually come to an end. Generally, if you’re new to magic mushrooms, starting with very low doses is advised to avoid this happening.

Magic mushrooms have been used in spirituality practices across the world for thousands of years, so there’s a lot to be explored and experienced[3]. The key is to find a good balance between your environment and dosage amount, which will hopefully lead to an enjoyable shroom trip. 

How to Have a Great Mushroom Trip

You might not be able to control a trip, but you can definitely influence it by following some of the tips below:


Your environment is going to be a key factor in how your shroom trip turns out. Being comfortable, somewhere safe and familiar is a great starting point. Make sure you have options, for example if you’re inside, make sure you’re close enough to nature should you want to go out. 

Wearing comfortable clothes that allow you to move around freely is also a good idea, especially as body temperature fluctuation can occur. 

Have a trusted friend with you

This can significantly change how your trip goes, especially if it starts to turn negative. A good friend should know how to calm you down and keep you from panicking. Ideally, it’s a good idea to try shrooms with someone who already has had some experience with them first. 

Take appropriate doses

It’s extremely hard to fatally overdose on shrooms, but taking too much could cause some potentially scary side effects, such as vomiting or psychosis. Start off low and as you become used to the effects, you can increase over time. 

Now you know all there is to know about how long shrooms last, keep in mind a few factors such as the species of mushroom and the form you take it in. Some shroom species are extremely potent, with high concentrations of psilocybin, so it’s always good to have researched this before consuming them. This way you can adjust the dosage accordingly and alongside the suggestions above, enjoy a fun, positive magic mushrooms trip! 



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