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Are Magic Mushrooms Addictive?

Magic mushrooms have gained significant attention in recent years for their mind-altering effects. But are magic mushrooms addictive, and can they be safe to use? Understanding more about this psychedelic drug can help you make an informed decision.

Any drug that alters your mental state can put you at risk of side effects. If you or a loved one is having trouble quitting magic mushrooms, you can count on the caring team at Promises Right Step Hill Country to help you break free. Call us at 1.844.675.1628 to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.

What Are Magic Mushrooms?

Magic mushrooms are a type of fungi that contain psilocybin, a psychoactive compound. This substance is responsible for the hallucinogenic properties of magic mushrooms. 

Unlike some other trendy drugs, magic mushrooms are nothing new. Psilocybin has been used for centuries in cultural and religious ceremonies to help people achieve altered states of consciousness and intense spiritual experiences. 

Is Psilocybin Addictive?

As with any substance that induces an altered state, you may wonder, “Is psilocybin addictive?” But unlike other potent drugs like cocaine and heroin, magic mushrooms typically do not lead to the same type of physical dependence or addiction.

People may continue to use psilocybin compulsively because they enjoy the psychedelic experience, but they do not experience cravings as they would for opioids, stimulants, or other addictive drugs.

Side Effects of Magic Mushrooms

With little to no risk of addiction, you may assume that psilocybin is perfectly safe to use. But while not addictive, magic mushrooms can produce a range of short-term side effects during and after a psychoactive trip, such as:

  • Altered sense of time, making it feel as though time is passing either very slowly or rapidly
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Elevated heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils

The side effects of psilocybin will vary from person to person. However, taking larger doses can result in more severe side effects.

Are Magic Mushrooms Dangerous?

Despite their relatively low addiction potential, magic mushrooms are not without risk. One thing to consider is that the effects can be unpredictable, unlike a substance like alcohol, where you may have a general idea of how a certain number of drinks affects you. But with magic mushrooms, it can be tough to know how much is too much.

Other dangers associated with psilocybin use include:

Accidental Poisoning

Some mushrooms resemble psilocybin mushrooms but are toxic. If you try to pick your own, you may mistakenly select the poisonous mushrooms. And if you obtain your mushrooms from another person, you may not be able to guarantee that they have also selected the proper mushrooms, putting you at risk of being poisoned.

Bad Trip

Some people truly enjoy the psychoactive experience provided by magic mushrooms. But not all trips go well. If you have what is known as a bad trip, you may encounter an intense and distressing psychedelic experience triggering fear, paranoia, or feelings of a loss of control.

Increased Risks in Certain Environments

Your experience with magic mushrooms can differ depending on your environment. You may be at a higher risk of a bad trip if you are in an uncontrolled or unfamiliar setting, at a crowded event, or tripping without proper supervision. It is generally not a good idea to take psilocybin without the company of someone sober.

Psychological Distress

Magic mushrooms can present a more significant risk to people with mental health disorders. They can experience heightened anxiety, panic attacks, or psychosis during or after the trip.

Overcome Addiction at Promises Right Step Hill Country Today

If you or someone you care about is addicted to a substance or experiencing adverse effects from psilocybin, contact Promises Right Step Hill Country at 1.844.675.1628. Our whole-person approach to recovery can help you achieve your goals for a sober lifestyle.

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