Although smoking isn’t the most common way to get high on magic mushrooms, it isn’t unheard of either. Most shroom users prefer to mix their magic fungi with tea or in food, but for some, smoking them is also a fun alternative.
We look into whether smoking shrooms is as effective, if it comes with any risks and how to actually smoke magic mushrooms.
Can You Smoke Magic Mushrooms?
Shrooms can easily be smoked, with many users favoring them mixed in with a spliff. Weed is believed to enhance the experience, and provides more of an impact than smoking shrooms alongside tobacco.
However, if you’re interested in finding out the most potent way to take shrooms, smoking isn’t for you. Psilocybin, the main chemical in magic mushrooms, breaks down under intense heat, reducing the potency and therefore making the effects felt considerably less than when taken in other forms.
If you are curious and want to experience shrooms and weed, it’s best to do so when you are familiar with both substances separately first, and then mix them together. This should reduce the chances of any unexpected effects which you may not find pleasant if you aren’t familiar with their individual effects.
What Are The Effects Of Smoking Shrooms Like?
Everyone’s experience with shrooms is unique, so it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact effects that come from smoking shrooms.
In general, the psilocybin in magic mushrooms breaks down and turns to psilocin in the body. This chemical then affects the brain, acting in similar ways to serotonin. Many shroom users feel relaxed, happy, and may even experience bouts of euphoria. A new, spiritual connection to the world might be experienced, as well as changes in time and color perception.
Users who have tried smoking shrooms often describe it as a lighter trip, meaning you may feel some of those effects but with less intensity than if you orally ingested the fungi. Other factors can also influence the intensity of a trip, such as the species of mushrooms and the quantity.
The users mental state will also affect how positively or negatively the trip turns out, and mixing other substances in with the shrooms can have a significant impact on the whole experience.
Some users have reported feeling that their trip is heightened by mixing shrooms with weed, as the trip is intensified but in a relaxing way . This is a common alternative used rather than smoking shrooms just with tobacco. It’s believed that cannabis can help intensify the peak of the trip, whilst also balancing out the come down.
Other users believe it’s a waste of time and shrooms, as they perceive the effects as a result of a placebo effect since psilocybin should break down under high temperatures. In this case, it really comes down to personal preference, and everyone’s body reacts differently to different substances.
What Are The Risks Involved with Smoking Shrooms?
Shrooms in general come with some negative side effects, such as anxiety or paranoia. Physical changes can take place like experiencing an increased heart rate or excessive sweating, so these effects can still happen whether you smoke or orally ingest shrooms.
There isn’t a lot of information on the long term side effects of smoking shrooms, however a lot of concern lies around the danger of inhaling the spores of the mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms, as with all fungi, can often develop miniscule mold spores which might not be visible to the naked eye. If this mushroom is then smoked, the spores can enter the lungs and there’s the risk of inflammation, irritation and even the development of a chest infection.
Alongside this, dust and other residues which may be found on the shrooms can be harmful to the lungs, so when compared to traditional methods of taking shrooms, smoking them is certainly much more risky.
Finally, users who mix shrooms with other psychedelic substances might find themselves experiencing unpleasant symptoms. Smoking shrooms with weed doesn’t appear to have any dangerous side effects, but as with all substances, effects can be uncontrollable and unpredictable.
In all cases, it’s advisable to experiment with shrooms in a safe and comfortable environment, preferably with a good friend for support. First time users should also start off with low doses as they shouldn’t risk experiencing an intense, possibly bad first trip.
How Do You Smoke Shrooms?
Smoking shrooms is an easy, straightforward process, and now you have weighed up the benefits and risks of smoking them, you’re probably wondering how to go about actually smoking them.
Raw and fresh shrooms will hold moisture, which definitely could hamper your smoking efforts. In addition, if the shrooms have too much moisture and don’t burn, you may find bits of them get inhaled resulting in an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Make sure your shrooms are completely dry before crushing them.
Once you have crushed or grinded the shrooms, add them to your tobacco (and/or weed) mixture, roll the paper, seal and smoke it. It’s always a good idea to try shrooms without other substances, just with tobacco to start with so that you can then compare the effects later if you try it with weed. This way you’ll know just how strong the shrooms are without the addition of cannabis.
Regular weed smokers might prefer to use a bong, but should be aware that the intense temperature probably breaks down most of the psilocybin, so the effects won’t be much stronger than smoking shrooms. The most potent way to take shrooms is to orally digest them, which will allow the user to feel the full effects of the psilocybin and psilocin.
Whichever way you decide to take shrooms, in the right environment it can be an exhilarating experience. As long as you make sure to take caution with the dosage amount, you can start finding out which form suits you, whether it’s in a spliff, bong or in a cup of tea!