Shrooms And Alcohol

Taking magic mushrooms is an experience within itself. It sends the user on a journey, a trip, whereby 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 mixing the two, and if there are 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. Alcohol makes you drunk, and this is the opposite of how users feel when on psychedelics like shrooms. If anything, shrooms allow the user to be more open minded and reflective, whereas alcohol can often cause people to lose focus and oftentime lose the ability to have a coherent conversation (depending on the quantity consumed). 

Magic Mushrooms

Shrooms are known for being a psychedelic which causes hallucinations. Often preferred to 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. Shrooms don’t cause dependency, which makes it an attractive choice when compared to alcohol. 

Other effects of shrooms include:

  • Increased energy 
  • A positive attitude 
  • Euphoria 
  • Increased spiritual awareness 
  • Synesthesia 
  • Perceptual changes 

Some of the negative side effects of shrooms include excessive sweating, increased heart rate and the risk of paranoia, which can be heightened if you experience a bad 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. Whilst this isn’t physically painful, it can cause stress and anxiety. 

Alcohol 

Many of us are more familiar with the effects of alcohol as it’s a substance which 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. It opens the doorway to making decisions we wouldn’t normally make sober, and the hangover the next day certainly isn’t pleasant. 

Some of the effects of Alcohol include:

  • Increased confidence 
  • Lower inhibitions 
  • Relaxation 
  • Slurred speech 
  • Confusion 
  • Drowsiness 

Alcohol comes with its own set of problems. When consumed heavily, alcohol poisoning can occur and can be fatal if medical attention isn’t immediately sought. Other negative effects include headaches, diarrhea, nausea and distorted vision and hearing. The long term effects of alcohol include liver damage and some forms of cancer. [1]  In addition, becoming addicted to alcohol is a serious issue which puts a huge strain on the body and can be very difficult to overcome[2].  

Can You Mix Alcohol With Shrooms?

So, now that we can see the difference in the effects of the two, is it a good idea to mix them? Many users online have found that when they consume both shrooms and alcohol at the same time, one tends to cancel out the effects of the other

Others find that drinking small amounts of alcohol can reduce the queasiness which comes with 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 compliment each other whereas alcohol can decrease the effects of magic mushrooms.[3] 

If you are really set on drinking alcohol whilst 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[4]. As magic mushrooms can alter your sense of reality, combining it with another substance which can also make you perceive things differently like alcohol can be dangerous. You may lose awareness of how much alcohol you’ve consumed, and end 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. The key comes down to finding the right balance, and you may just find, as many users have already discovered, that shrooms are better enjoyed on their own. This way you can experience a full trip without meddling and possibly altering the course of your shroom high. 

References:

[1]https://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/alcohol/short-term-long-term-effects.html[2]https://www.addictionsandrecovery.org/alcohol-abuse-alcoholism.htm[3]https://www.alcohol.org/mixing-with/mushrooms/

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