Have you ever wondered what a mushroom trip feels like? What does a magic mushroom trip feel like?

Some people don’t have to wonder any longer about the effects of mushrooms – they found out without breaking any laws regarding psychedelic mushroom spores legality and experienced magic mushrooms legally. These are the people who have participated in the many ongoing clinical trials surrounding psilocybin effects and its therapeutic efficacy.

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Mushroom Effects on the Body and Psilocybin As An Effective Therapeutic Substance

Just what is psilocybin proving to be an effective therapeutic substance for? What are the magic mushroom effects on the body, or magic mushroom effects on the brain? It’s also good to know how to avoid bad mushroom trips by gaining some education, understanding, knowledge, and perspective on potential shroom effects, after effects, and side effects positive or negative..

Psilocybin As An Effective Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Addictions, Obesity

Well, it might actually be faster to list the things it doesn’t help with, seeing as studies conducted over the past decade—many of them packed into the past few years as what we’ve dubbed the psychedelic revolution 2.0 continues to ramp up in popularity and social acceptance—have shown that psilocybin can be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, obesity, and a variety of other ailments.

We’ve heard a lot about the effects of psilocybin after the “trip” takes place. The sense of calm, belonging, oneness, increased empathy, and so on. But what about during the trip itself? The question is, then, what exactly is that experience like?

While it’s probably impossible to put the exact feelings and sensations of a mushroom trip into writing, we have collected several profound quotes from patients of psilocybin assisted therapy clinical trials. In today’s post, we’ll explore what they had to say along with a handful of additional information to provide context.

  • What is a mushroom trip?: Why can this experience be effective for therapeutic purposes?
  • Safe Tripping Psychedelic Experiences: How do researchers prepare clinical trial patients for the psychedelic experience: safe tripping explained.
  • What does a mushroom trip feel like?: According to psilocybin assisted therapy patients, this is what a mushroom trip feels like
  • How long does a magic mushroom trip last?: Mushroom trips last between 3 and 5 hours.
  • What is microdosing versus macrodosing magic mushrooms?: Macrodosing vs. Microdosing mushrooms – different experiences and different end goals
  • Mushroom Spores for Microscopy: Psilocybin mushroom spores are legal for research purposes and for microscopy in most of the United States.
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What IS a Mushroom Trip, Really? Why Psilocybin Assisted Therapy is Effective

If we could only use one word to explain why psilocybin assisted therapy is effective, based on what we currently understand from the published literature at this time, it would be this: “neuroregenerative.”

The term neuroregenerative in this context refers to psilocybin’s ability to form new pathways in the neuronal structure of the brain. It’s perhaps best explained like this: imagine that you have a “bad habit”.

Neurologically speaking, a bad habit can be thought of as a well-worn track in the brain. Neuronal pathways are built with repetition (which explains why someone can get better at, say, playing a musical instrument or driving a car through practice). Psilocybin has been shown to cause the brain to form new neuronal pathways, which leads to out-of-the-box thinking—and the dissolution of what we consider bad habits.

Psilocybin Neural Pathways During Therapy

These new neural pathways being formed during the mushroom trip explain the strange feelings, sensations, and hallucinations that occur. While this isn’t the end-all-be-all of what causes the effects of psilocybin to be felt, it is an adequate explanation of why psilocybin assisted therapy can be effective for some patients.

How Psilocybin Researchers & Medical Professionals Prepare Patients for Safe Tripping in Clinical Trials

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If you’ve done any research at all into psychedelic experiences and how to maximize the chances for a pleasant experience, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “set and setting”.

How To Avoid A Bad Magic Mushroom Trip Experience

This is a topic we discussed at length in our post about how to avoid a bad magic mushroom trip, but here’s a quick recap: the “set” portion of the phrase refers to one’s mindset. In other words, you’re more likely to have a better experience using psilocybin or other hallucinogens if you’re in a good place emotionally and mentally; that’s why researchers and medical experts who conduct psilocybin clinical trials make sure that their patients are “ready” for the trip. Psychological evaluations are an important first step to qualifying the patient.

The “setting” bit refers to the environment the patient is in during the mushroom trip. Contrary to popular belief—and frequent recreational misuse—psilocybin is likely best experienced far outside the realm of the bustling party scene.

A quiet, dim, safe environment with the presence of a trusted “sitter”, or one who is there to oversee and care for the person experiencing the mushroom trip, is much more conducive to having a positive experience.

Magic Mushroom Music for Psychedelic Therapy With A Playlist

That’s why researchers always make sure to set up a comfortable area for their patients undergoing psilocybin assisted therapy. Occasionally mushroom music for psychedelic therapy is used (Johns Hopkins uses a soothing playlist, for example), but it’s never the focal point of the experience. Terence McKenna, the famous ethnobotanist and psychonaut, generally advocated for people to experiment with magic mushrooms in a quiet, dark room, either by themselves if experienced or with the aid of a trusted sitter.

What a Mushroom Trip Feels Like According to Psilocybin Assisted Therapy Patients

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The effects of a magic mushroom trip are often misunderstood. While psilocybin is considered a hallucinogen, users rarely see things that aren’t actually there (e.g., a unicorn). Rather, psilocybin causes visual distortions—depictions of “breathing” walls or moving (yet stationary) floor tiles are commonplace. Geometric patterning can be seen, even with the user’s eyes closed, and the chances of this are heightened if the patient is “tripping” in a dim or dark environment.

Feelings and emotions can be heightened, and a sense of interconnectedness with others and the world or universe at large are often reported. Sometimes, other presences (as described by one of the patients below) can be sensed, and sometimes these presences will appear to communicate with the user in some fashion; not always verbally, but sometimes through feelings.

One of the patient groups researchers are interested in are those with cancer. Since, obviously, this can cause a person a great deal of anxiety (particularly if they’re in the terminal stages), psilocybin has often been used as an effective method of reducing anxiety and so-called “death anxiety”, or in other words, the grave fear of one’s own mortality.

The following two quotes are from a clinical trial at Clinicaltrials.gov on “Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study” concerning the effects of psilocybin on cancer patients and how it could impact their sense of anxiety.

I would experience a different emotion in each part of the experience, and when that emotion became overwhelming… this spiritual guide came in through the music. Whenever the effect would become overwhelming… the spirit guide would blast me out of that experience into a new setting. I didn’t have a body… I was just like this soul, this entity.

Psilocybin assisted therapy patient Victor, quoted after NYU Langone Health sponsored psilocybin clinical trial

I was seeing these kind of stone faces, and they were beautiful, and they would kind of come to dust, and then they would come back up, and then they would come back to dust, so I kind of think of that as like, that’s the nature of life… it rises and falls; that’s the normal way it is.

Psilocybin assisted therapy patient Chrissy, quoted after NYU Langone Health sponsored psilocybin clinical trial

Johns Hopkins is also well known for their many psilocybin clinical trials. These patients have reported similar common themes as the above quotes show: a sense of connectedness, peacefulness, and acceptance, which previously for the patient may have been very difficult if not impossible emotions to experience.

Psilocybin mushroom trips also seem to create a profound sense of anxiety reduction for many patients—the things they would normally worry about on a day-to-day basis are revealed to be less critically important than they normally are.

Once I was past the darkness, I began to feel an increasing feeling of peace and connectedness…An intense feeling of love and joy emanated from all over my body and I can’t imagine feeling any happier. I knew that the worries of everyday life were meaningless and that all that mattered were my connections with the wonderful people who are my family and friends.

An anonymous participant of a Johns Hopkins psilocybin assisted therapy trial.

How Long Do Mushroom Trips Last?

You may be wondering how long patients of psilocybin assisted therapy need to remain with their facilitators during a session. It’s certainly longer than most therapy sessions, but it isn’t necessarily an “all day” thing.

Most magic mushroom trips last between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the strength of the dose, the patient’s tolerance of psilocybin, and other factors such as body weight and so on.

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Magic Mushroom Macrodosing vs. Microdosing – Most Clinical Trials Involve Macrodoses, But Microdosing Mushroom Strains is Increasing in Popularity

By now, most regular readers of the Quality Spores blog will be familiar with the term microdosing and about mushroom strains for microdosing – which refers to taking a small amount of psilocybin mushrooms to enjoy the neurological benefits of the compound, but not enough to feel its effects. But what about macrodosing? What about microdosing magic mushrooms vs. macrodosing magic mushrooms?

Magic Mushroom Macrodosing: Macrodosing is simply taking a psychoactive amount of magic mushrooms, or isolated psilocybin, as is used in most clinical trials. Macrodosing is what is used to produce the experiences described above in psilocybin assisted therapy sessions, and typically involves taking approximately two or three grams of dried mushrooms, although this can vary based on the person, their experience, their desired “level” of intensity for the mushroom trip, and their body weight.

Macrodosing is simply taking a psychoactive amount of magic mushrooms, or isolated psilocybin, as is used in most clinical trials. Macrodosing is what is used to produce the experiences described above in psilocybin assisted therapy sessions, and typically involves taking approximately two or three grams of dried mushrooms, although this can vary based on the person, their experience, their desired “level” of intensity for the mushroom trip, and their body weight.

Mushroom Macrodosing vs Mushroom Microdosing

The main thing to understand about macrodosing vs. microdosing is that the latter of the two is not intended to produce any substantial psychological effects. Referred to as subperceptual, this means that one wants to enjoy the neurological benefits of psilocybin, such as the formulation of new neural pathways, without having to experience a full-blown “mushroom trip”. No visuals, hallucinations, or radically altered feelings or perceptions should be experienced during a microdose, which is typically under 500 milligrams of magic mushrooms.

Macrodosing mushrooms is the opposite: the full experience is desired. Visuals, perceptual changes, and so on are all to be expected. The so-called “heroic” dose is generally considered anything over three grams of dried magic mushrooms, which is generally more than is distributed during a clinical trial.

Want to Research Psilocybin Mushrooms or Research Mushroom Spores for Microscopy

If you’re interested in learning more about psilocybin, you may be surprised to learn that the viable spores of psilocybin-containing fungi are completely legal throughout most of the United States. With the exception of California, Georgia, and Idaho, anyone can purchase psilocybin mushroom spores for microscopy for the purposes of research.

Golden Teacher Cubensis Magic Mushroom Experience and Effects

Looking at magic mushroom spores under your microscope like the famous Golden Teacher cubensis is a wonderful way to experience the magic mushroom culture of psilocybe cubensis when studying microscopy or taxonomy.