Magic Mushrooms offer a range of emotions, physical changes and can increase mental and spiritual openness. Once you have determined the species you like, plus the environment you take them in, the final step is to know how much you need to consume.
This can vary depending on the species of shroom you intend to take, as they differ in their potency levels. Experience is another factor to take into consideration, as those new to magic mushrooms shouldn’t consume too much as their bodies aren’t accustomed to the effects of psilocybin.
Wondering How much Magic Mushrooms You should Take for your First Experience?
The primary chemical in magic mushrooms is called psilocybin, and this converts to psilocin when digested. Very similar to serotonin, it affects the brain by activating certain emotional regions and some studies believe that the connections in the brain are temporarily rearranged.
Put in plain terms, your brain starts to see, feel and associate things different than when it’s completely sober. This can lead to feelings of happiness or even euphoria, and users can begin to perceive things differently. Hallucinations are common, as well as an increased love for nature and the earth around you.
It can take anywhere between 20-60 minutes to feel the effects take place, and the peak doesn’t normally reach until 3-5 hours. All in all, most trips can last up to 6-10 hours, but it’s important to remember that you won’t feel the effects constantly. Instead, they come and go in waves, and the easiest thing to do is go with the flow! This will make your first time much more enjoyable.
Magic Mushroom Dosage Guide
The guide below is based on a rough estimation, but as mentioned early, factors such as specie type, environment and experience can all play a part in how much the shrooms affect you.
Micro dosage [0.05- 0.25 grams]
With this dosage, you don’t experience any perceptual changes. Instead, the mind feels more creative, energetic, mentally relieved, and positive. You are emotionally stable if you take this much amount of magic mushroom, making microdosing a popular method for those who want to work with a boost of energy and focus.
Mini dose [0.25- 0.75 grams]
With a mini dose, you have moved out of the perceptual threshold, but you are still in complete control of yourself. With an increase of, open-mindedness, positive perspectives towards life, ADHD relief, energy levels, and more emotional and physical sensitivity, this dosage is perfect for those want a shroom experience that isn’t too intense.
Museum dose [0.5- 1.5 grams]
In this amount of psilocybin, the symptoms of drugs are more visible. However, you are still conscious of your actions. You will still feel comfortable to actively participate in physical public acts. People who take this much amount are likely to experience a conversational fluidity, more into music and art, positivity amplification in your life, better empathy and introspection. You will also feel physical effects, such as pupil dilation, difficulty focusing and an increased emotional awakening.
Moderate dose [2-3.5 gram]
A full hallucinating experience is achieved. You may experience patterns and fractals that are deeply engraved in your perception or the inactive brain memory. However, you are still able to distinguish what is going on around you. You may step in the world of philosophical ideas and theories, amplified emotions, soothing effects, the feeling of content with more creative ideas flowing in your mind. In addition, compulsive yawning, nausea, and dizziness are few of the side effects of this dosage.
Megadose [5+ gram]
When taking 5 grams or more, your senses start to relax. You will have less control over what actions you take, time becomes meaningless, images are distorted, and you may even experience synesthesia. You may not feel the nervous connections with your body, and motor muscles do not coordinate with the brain messages. Facing cognitive tasks becomes harder, but this is also the dosage which begins to dissolve the ego allowing you to make more open choices.
Factors That Can Affect The Dosage Amount
The method in which you consume magic mushrooms can affect your experience, for example, brewing magic mushrooms in tea can help regulate the strong effects of psilocybin. Sometimes, dried shrooms are filled in gelatin capsules. This is great for those who want to enjoy shrooms without the pungent taste. The concentration of dried mushrooms varies from the capsule to capsule with different quantities being available, including microdosing options.
As mentioned earlier, environment can also play a massive factor in your shroom trip. Make sure you are somewhere comfortable, safe and familiar. Having a good friend with you, possibly someone who isn’t new to shrooms, will also create a calmer, more trusting atmosphere.
Taking Shrooms Responsibly
When used correctly, shrooms have the ability to open your mind to new experiences and feelings. It’s one of the most common recreation hallucinogens amongst young people in North America and Europe, and is only increasing in popularity.
This is down to the fact that there aren’t many risks associated from taking shrooms, except for bad hallucinations (which can include paranoia and panic) and if you accidentally consume a poisonous mushroom. This leads many to believe it’s perfectly safe to take shrooms, but in reality caution should always be applied when dabbling with natural substances. That’s why following the guidelines above, as well creating the right environment will help you have a great shrooms trip.
It takes only a small amount of research to understand the right quantity for you to consume, especially if it’s your first time. Always remember to start off slow and increase the dosage as you become more experienced and your body becomes used to the effects. Once you have that down, you are free to enjoy your shroom experience whilst minimizing the chances of a bad trip.
Educational Resources for Psychedelics
If you are interested in learning more about Psylocybin and other psychedelics, you can find more information in our educational resources section.
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