Taking magic mushrooms is an experience within itself. It sends the user on a journey, where the world looks a little different, and the user feels more connected with their surroundings. Alcohol, much more commonly consumed and widely socially accepted, can be great for relaxing after a hard week at work or when you need a bit of liquid confidence on the dance floor.
It would appear that if you mixed the two substances, you would enjoy the benefits of the shrooms coupled with the relaxation of the alcohol. But in reality, mixing shrooms and alcohol doesn’t always turn out that way. So what happens if you take them together? This article looks into the effects of combining the two and any risks to your health.
Shrooms vs Alcohol
To fully understand how both substances work together, it’s best to start by breaking down their individual effects. Even though they are both used recreationally, they have very different effects on the user. For example, alcohol makes you drunk, which is the opposite of how users feel when psychedelics like shrooms. If anything, shrooms allow the user to be more open-minded and reflective. In contrast, alcohol can often cause people to lose focus and frequently lose the ability to have a coherent conversation (depending on the quantity consumed).
Shrooms are known for being psychedelic which causes hallucinations. Often preferred over other psychedelics due to their natural form, shrooms are popularly used for those looking for an ‘out of body’ experience. Many shroom users feel an increase in positivity, even achieving euphoria. In addition, shrooms don’t cause dependency, making them an attractive choice compared to alcohol.
Other effects of shrooms include:
- Increased energy
- A positive attitude
- Increased spiritual awareness
- Perceptual changes
Some of the adverse side effects of shrooms include excessive sweating, increased heart rate and the risk of paranoia, which can be heightened if you experience a terrible hallucination or trip. The long-term effects aren’t widely known; however, some users who consume shrooms excessively may develop Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD), which can cause flashbacks to hallucinations. While this isn’t physically painful, it can cause stress and anxiety.
Many of us are more familiar with the effects of alcohol as it’s a substance we often grow up seeing in films, in restaurants and bars and is even consumed at home. Alcohol can lower the inhibitions of the consumer, often making them feel confident. However, it opens the doorway to making decisions we wouldn’t usually make sober, and the hangover the next day certainly isn’t pleasant.
Some of the effects of alcohol include:
- Increased confidence
- Lower inhibitions
- Slurred speech
Alcohol comes with its own set of problems. When consumed heavily, alcohol poisoning can be fatal if medical attention isn’t immediately sought. Other adverse effects include headaches, diarrhea, nausea and distorted vision and hearing. The long-term effects of alcohol include liver damage and some forms of cancer.  In addition, becoming addicted to drinking is a severe issue that puts a massive strain on the body and can be very difficult to overcome.
Can You Mix Alcohol With Shrooms?
So, now that we can see the difference in the two effects is it reasonable to mix them? Many users online have found that when they consume both shrooms and alcohol simultaneously, one tends to cancel out the impact of the other.
Others find that drinking small amounts of alcohol can reduce nausea when taking shrooms, but finding the limit is essential; otherwise, alcohol can worsen the situation. It’s also noted that alcohol can dampen the effects of the shrooms, which defeats the whole point of taking them in the first place.
Some users found that smoking weed works better than mixing shrooms with alcohol. The two effects complement each other, whereas alcohol can decrease the effects of magic mushrooms.
If you are set on drinking alcohol while taking shrooms, make sure to consume small amounts and space the drinking out – binge drinking can end badly with just alcohol, let alone if psychedelics are added into the mix. Spreading out the alcohol intake means it won’t hit your body as heavily, and you can adjust the alcohol level according to how your trip is going. If you’ve already consumed a large amount of alcohol and then take shrooms, you’ll be less in control and more prone to having an unpleasant trip.
Used recreationally, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy shrooms alongside a couple of drinks, as long as you don’t overdo it and you find the balance which works for you.
What Are The Risks of Mixing Shrooms and Alcohol?
The risks associated with mixing shrooms and alcohol include an increased chance of nausea and vomiting. Drinking alcohol alongside consuming shrooms can also increase the risk of having a bad trip which will also be paired with the effects of alcohol such as confusion, dizziness and drowsiness.
In addition, the effects of alcohol can bring on paranoia, especially if the person starts to react badly to the combination of the two. As magic mushrooms can alter your sense of reality, combining it with another substance can make you perceive things differently, like alcohol can be dangerous. You may lose awareness of how much alcohol you’ve consumed and ended up ill with alcohol poisoning.
It may seem tempting to want to mix your shroom experience with alcohol, and when taken in small quantities, it could prove to be a pleasant experience. However, the key comes down to finding the right balance, and you may find, as many users have already discovered, that shrooms are better enjoyed on their own. This way, you can experience a complete trip without meddling and possibly altering the course of your shroom high.