Magic mushrooms, also commonly known as shrooms, look like your typical mushrooms. What makes them “magic” are two chemical compounds – psilocybin and psilocin – that have a similar structure to LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). These compounds create hallucinogenic effects by acting on our central nervous system’s serotonin receptors. Some of these effects include euphoria, distorted visuals, altered perceptions of time, and out-of-body experiences.
In this shroom dosage guide, we will help you prepare for all these psychoactive effects.
Magic Mushroom Tripping through Time
Nowadays, magic mushrooms are widely known as a recreational drug used to induce a sense of elation and sensory hallucinations. In ancient times, however, magic mushrooms were largely used as part of religious and ceremonial rituals.
Evidence in the form of stone paintings dating back to around 9000 BC in North Africa depicted the use of these mushrooms. Similar paintings found on rocks in Spain also suggest that these magic mushrooms were part of many religious rituals. Other pieces of evidence indicating the use and consumption of these magic mushrooms are found all across the world – from Central America to Asia to Australia and New Zealand.
It was not until the late 1950s that the Western World got a hold of these mushrooms and instantly became addicted to its psychedelic effects. The drug became closely associated with the counterculture movement in the 1960s, where they were largely considered to be the gateway to spiritual awakening.
It is quite amazing how these magic mushrooms continue to be actively part of today’s society. They are being heavily referenced in several pieces of music, movies, books, and other forms of media. Several studies have even been started to suggest and learn more about their possible medicinal benefits.
Magic Mushroom Dosage Guide
Magic mushrooms are classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This puts the mushrooms on the same category as heroin, because of their high potential of abuse. Furthermore, the United States has not widely recognized its medical purposes as further studies need to be conducted to prove them.
According to surveys, the use of these psychedelic mushrooms are very popular at clubs and rave parties and are generally abused by young adults and teenagers. These situations could become very dangerous as, without the right guidance, these unsuspecting users are exposing themselves to the risk the mushroom’s adverse physical and psychological effects. These consequences include nausea, vomiting, lack of coordination, confusion, paranoia, and, worst, psychological distress.
In order to avoid these adverse and extremely frightening effects, it is important to know which dosage will help you get the experience that you are looking for.
Dosage: 0.2 to 0.5 grams of dried magic mushrooms or 2 to 5 grams of fresh magic mushrooms
Microdosing continues to gain popularity as more and more people are taking tiny amounts of shroom dosage before commuting to work or going to school. Many proponents of this technique claim that by taking small doses of psychedelics will help improve their productivity, move, and creative thinking without the risk of experiencing the full hallucinogenic effects. Even Silicon Valley tech geniuses have admitted to microdosing on these drugs for years to enhance their performance.
While some took on a positive tone to this trend, many medical experts and professionals are concerned about the long-term consequences. An emerging body of research has found that microdosing indeed heightened levels of creativity and decreased levels of depression, however, it also found an increase in neuroticism or irrational emotions.
Dosage: 0.5 to 1 gram of dried magic mushrooms
At this dosage, you will feel extreme relaxation. This is considered the perfect low dose to get familiar with the magic mushrooms and its capabilities. You will notice that you are slightly euphoric, enjoying some sound distortions and visual enhancements. This is the perfect shroom dosage for a fun night out or relaxing hang out with familiar and close friends.
Beginner’s Dosage Level
Dosage: 1 to 2 grams of dried magic mushrooms
This is the perfect dosage for anyone who is just getting their feet wet in the world of psychedelic mushrooms. You will continue to enjoy visual enhancements and sensory hallucinations but at a more intense attitude. You will also start seeing objects move and come to life. 3D geometrical forms will remain very vivid even when you have your eyes shut. It will, however, become harder to communicate as your sensations are enhanced and euphoria is increased to many more levels.
Classic magic mushroom trip Level
Dosage: 2 to 3 grams of dried magic mushrooms
This is the classic psychedelic trip that you probably have read about a lot of times. At this level, you will be exposed to kaleidoscopic visuals with several objects warping around you. Closed eye hallucinations become stronger. In many cases, your visual sensations are taken to another level – objects will look shinier than they are and they will also seem like they are constantly moving away or nearer from you. You will also start to experience altered perceptions of time at this level.
Dosage: 3 to 4 grams of dried magic mushrooms
This level is only for experienced psychonauts. All the hallucinations and distortions felt at the classic level will be amplified here. In addition, you will also start to feel synesthesia, also known as the merging of the senses. You will start to smell colors, hear shapes, and see music. You will often find yourself listening to inanimate objects as they will become talking to you. Out-of-body experiences are also reported at this stage.
Full-blown trip Level
Dosage: 4 to 5 grams of dried magic mushrooms
This level is not recommended to the faint of heart as at this point, you will completely lose any sense of reality. Time and space are distorted. Objects will look like they are all merged into one. And honestly, it will be impossible to describe the experience as you may not even understand what you are seeing, hearing, and feeling.
Shroom dosage is one of the most important things to consider when undertaking a magic mushroom experience. Alongside the concept of “set and setting,” it is generally agreed by many medical professionals and psychonauts that these three will influence the outcome of your psychedelic journey. When it comes to dosage, it is always good to start low and enjoy the journey before slowly working your way up through the different levels.