The Great High of Psychedelic Mushrooms
For some people, tripping with magic mushrooms has a blissful effect. Others have reported that psychedelic mushrooms cause them headache, nausea and dizziness. Depending on the usage and dosage, magic mushrooms produce different effects. Magic mushrooms, however, are not meant to be abused. Since this plant has psychoactive elements that produce hallucinations or mental changes, psilocybin mushrooms should be dealt with proper care and responsibility.
Magic mushrooms are psychedelic substances that bring abrupt change to the mental state, or consciousness, of a person using or consuming it. Usually, hallucination of inexplicable kind is experienced by the user. This experience can last from six hours to one whole day depending on the dosage of psychedelic mushrooms taken.
The psychedelic effect of magic mushrooms is brought by the substance called psilocybin or psilocin contained in the mushroom. This substance when ingested by humans has chemical reactions and affects the human brain, causing hallucinations and other changes in the normal state of consciousness of a person. Such changes vary according to the volume or dosage of the mushroom taken. A low dose of psychedelic mushrooms will have just the right effect, just enough visions and illusions that bring mental satisfaction or “good trip.” However, a high dosage can have an intense sensual and perceptual effect. Everything is amplified a thousand times. High dose is, of course, discouraged.
There are also some debates about the effects of psychedelic mushrooms when smoked. Some people say that the psychedelic effect of the magic mushrooms is destroyed by the flame. Or if it has some effects, the experience or trip is not that much high. However, proponents of smoking magic mushrooms claim that the trip is just the same when dried psilocybin mushroom is smoked.
One thing noticeable about psychedelic mushrooms is that it is one of those elements that drug testing cannot usually detect. Perhaps, it is because the substance is not actually illegal. The standard drug tests include only some substances for checking such as marijuana, cocaine and opium. Even employment drug tests do not check for psilocybin content on the urine. However, psilocybin substance can be detected with a comprehensive drug test and the substance also lasts for weeks within the body.
The use of psychedelic mushrooms has been practiced by people since ancient times – dating back a million years ago. Several studies put forward a theory that psilocybin mushrooms have been part of the diet of early humans such as the Homo africanus, Homo habilis and Homo boisei. Africans were believed to be the first to have used the magic mushrooms. Aztecs in central Mexico have also used psilocybin mushrooms.
Due to this, magic mushrooms have spiritual and traditional importance to several cultures. Thus the plant must also be treated with respect and dignity. It is not simply a substance that one can use, much less abuse, at his or her pleasure. The ethnic people use magic mushrooms not simply for tripping. They have rituals and spiritual beliefs that are being aided by using the plant. As such, this tradition should be respected.
slifyilulmize, 09.05.2012 06:17