Mycologists and microscopissyntheticts, amateur or professional, often make use of our wide selection of psilocybe mushroom spores for research purposes. That’s why is here! Now we’re going to talk about mushrooms safety or the overall safety mushrooms for therapy and recreational purposes for safe options.

Mushrooms Safety of Psilocybe Cubensis Species & Psychedelic Compounds, and Understanding Psilocybe

Research in a home microscopy lab is rewarding work in and of itself; fungi is among the most fascinating organisms on our planet, and the taxonomical opportunities within the cubensis species is massive when you consider the many different strains available. However, with psilocybe taking the mainstream by storm, this research is becoming more and more important. mushroom mushrooms safety is well-known and researched. Here we provide some tips and possible guidance on the best ways to take mushrooms via raw, tea, extracts, and more.

If scientists want to have a better understanding of psilocybe, the special compound in mushroom and other mushrooms, going back to the formative stages of the fungi—its spore state—is a key component to fully understanding the hallucinogenic compound itself. It’s this work that lays the foundation of so many other components of this area of study, ranging from mycology to the creation of synthetic psilocybe.

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Mushroom Safety and Mushroom Use for Different Effects

However, one must ask: are mushrooms safe, and what is the best mushroom use or what are they used for ? With the proliferation of psilocybe-assisted therapy, a significant portion of the medical community must indeed think so—but why? How do we know how mushrooms affect your brain in such a positive way?

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Psilocybe (Mushrooms) Are Thought to Be The Safest “Drug” According to This Comprehensive Study

An independent research company called GDS (Global Drug Survey) runs the world’s largest drug survey. Based out of London, the company produces reports frequently cited in media, medical research, and even corporate research. GDS produces the eponymous Global Drug Survey, which questions tens of thousands of individuals on average.

In 2017, the Global Drug Survey found that psilocybe (mushrooms) is the least harmful substance in popular use—eclipsing even cannabis, which is widely thought to be a comparatively low-risk substance. In the study that year, more than 10,000 people reported that they had taken mushrooms (in a recreational circumstance for the majority of respondents). A scant 0.2% of participants reported needing emergency medical treatment as a result of having consumed psilocybe-containing fungi.

While the study doesn’t detail why these individuals needed emergency medical treatment, it’s possible that the participants had particularly “bad trips” or hadn’t consumed mushrooms at all. You can avoid a mushroom bad trip easily by using common sense and through proper mushroom identification. As we’ll discuss in just a moment, misidentification of psilocybe-containing fungi is a dangerous and all-too-common problem for would-be mushroom users.

What was surprising about the findings is that mushrooms were resulted in the fewest people requiring medical intervention compared to any other drug in the survey, including cannabis, LSD, and alcohol. In fact, mushrooms required less than a fifth of the rate of medical intervention for alcohol or cannabis.

So-called “bad trips” can be extremely unpleasant for some, but the effects are mercifully short lived. Read on to the next section for more on mushroom side effects. For now, let’s take a moment to discuss the problem of “mistaken identity” in the mushroom world, especially as it pertains to amateur mushroom foraging.

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of mushrooms is the possibility of misidentification. Are mushrooms poisonous to humans? Yes—some certainly can be, and some of them may look similar to mushroom or other psilocybe-containing fungi.

This phenomenon has lead to numerous problems in the past, with individuals who misidentified a fungi while foraging. Death from a poisonous mushroom is relatively rare despite conventional thought on the matter (although it is certainly possible), but severe illness is likely.

Needless to say, foraging in the wild for psilocybe-containing fungi is not only illegal in most jurisdictions, it’s a very bad idea—doubly so for anyone without serious mycological experience and training in wild psilocybe mushroom identification. Mushrooms should only be consumed under the supervision of a licensed psilocybe-assisted therapy practitioner in jurisdictions where doing so is legal.

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Can You Get Addicted to Mushrooms? Scientists Agree: No, Not Really

We say “not really” here because under the right circumstances, anything can be addictive in the sense that a behavior set can become a habit; have you ever met one of those people that never goes anywhere without a bag of seasoned sunflower seeds, or a pack of gum? Or how about someone who can’t sleep without a fan blowing on them?

Examining use patterns in humans and studies in nonhuman primates suggest that psilocybe possesses little or no abuse liability.

Human Hallucinogen Research: Guidelines for Safety, J Psychopharmacol. 2008 Aug; 22(6): 603–620.

In the spirit of clarity, we’ll define addictive in the following way: physiological or psychological dependence, as on a substance.

In that sense, mushrooms are not addictive. In fact, humans experience a short-term but strong tolerance to psilocybe, even after a single dosage. For example: suppose you attended a psilocybe-assisted therapy session today and were administered 3 grams of full-spectrum psilocybe containing fungi (i.e., raw dried mushrooms).

Now, if you were to return again tomorrow and consumed the same amount, you wouldn’t have the same feelings—the special experience would be substantially less pronounced. Taking a higher dosage wouldn’t help much either.

This built in “regulator” in psilocybe-containing fungi means that not only are mushrooms not addictive, their effects can’t even be repeatedly experienced. This is why many people involved in psilocybe-assisted therapy have their sessions spread out over sometimes long stretches of time.

The Benefits of Psilocybe Are Becoming Increasingly Well-Documented By the Scientific and Medical Communities

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As we’ve covered extensively, the scientific and medical research communities are rapidly uncovering the benefits of psilocybe for therapeutic applications; clinical trials have indicated that the compound may show significant promise in treating pain, migraines, headaches, dementia, PTSD, anxiety, depression, trauma, certain kinds of addiction, and general mental health.

In addition to learning more about how mushrooms work and figuring out the best ways to eat or take mushrooms, these researchers are also discovering how fresh vs dried mushrooms impact patients; generally patients in clinical trials are consuming synthetic psilocybe, which is easier to dose.

However, for those patients who prefer or are participating in clinical trials where full-spectrum psilocybe is administered—that is, the whole fungi—dried mushrooms are generally used instead of fresh (or “wet”) mushrooms. This is because dosage, storage, and general use is easier. Since a larger amount of mushrooms can be consumed dry rather than fresh, some patients may also avoid having an upset stomach often associated with “wet” fungi.

Magic Mushroom Side Effects, Long-Term and Short-Term

For most people, any negative side effects experienced after taking mushrooms are very much in the realm of the short term—what might colloquially be referred to as a “bad trip.” Otherwise, mushroom safety is very good.

A bad trip on mushrooms can involve feelings of anxiety, fear, or stress. Since perceptual changes are part of the special experience, unpleasant (albeit temporary) changes in the visual system may be incurred, which for some can be distressing. Impairment of thinking can also occur, leading to dangerous behavior—which is why one should only ever undergo psilocybe-assisted therapy with the help of a trained and licensed practitioner.

As for long term mushroom side effects on health, the persons most at risk are those with preexisting psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar I or II. In the vast majority of cases, persons with these disorders should never take special drugs, psilocybe or otherwise. Those with first or second degree family members who have these disorders may also wish to abstain.

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We mention the above mostly for completeness; the reality is that millions of people in the United States alone have consumed so-called “mushrooms” since the 1950s. However, it would be fair to say that nothing in life is “guaranteed” to be safe—so do your own research and make sure you know what you’re getting into with the help of a licensed medical practitioner before undergoing psilocybe-assisted therapy.