Mushrooms are the generic name given to the illegal hallucinogenic and naturally growing fungus. Mushrooms contain the psychedelic compound known as psilocybin. They grow in temperate environments in South America, Mexico, and North America. Indeed, the mushrooms which contain the highest ratio of psilocybin are known as psilocybin mushrooms. Mushrooms have sparked waves of modern controversy, as new studies suggest that in low dosages Magic Mushrooms can be an effective tool against depression. While the toxicity level of mushrooms is rare, adverse effects are still common, and mushrooms addiction and abuse is a contention for many users. Mushrooms that contain the compound psilocybin are illegal in most countries around the globe.
Common Street Names for Mushrooms
Because mushrooms are illegal, and are typically purchased in illicit settings such as black markets and street markets, mushrooms go by various names. Mushrooms addiction and abuse is marked most easily by an individual’s purchasing mushrooms through these illicit sources. Here are their street names:
- Little Smoke
- Magic Mushrooms
- Purple Passion
Mushrooms are classified as a Schedule I drug by the DEA and federal government. This means that mushrooms have no known medical function and can only be purchased illegally through illicit means. A common symptom of addiction is the obvious contempt that a user of any Schedule I drug has for the law of his or land. And this symptom the underlying condition of illegal purchase of mushrooms.
History and Trends in Mushrooms Addiction and Abuse
Archaeologists and historians believe that humans have experimented with psilocybin mushrooms since prehistoric times. Several prominent figures in American media, such as Timothy Leary, introduced magic mushrooms to the general public where they become a central icon of the psychedelic movement. Mushrooms tend to have a bitter taste and are mixed with peanut butter, chocolate, ground into syrups or puddings, and mixed with anything a user might prefer.
Recommended recreational dosages are between 1 and 5 grams of dried mushrooms and 10 to 50 grams of fresh mushrooms. It is uncommon for a distillation of psilocybin from the mushroom. If a user wishes to engage on a ‘trip’, they go straight for the mushroom. For the best efficacy, or best ‘trips’, a user will find a a comfortable setting, both socially and geographically. These trips last from two to six hours, although the trip itself will seem to last much longer as time distortion is a common side effect of magic mushrooms.
Side Effects of Mushrooms
Mushrooms addiction is marked by the constant use of magic mushrooms. Mushrooms side effects include the quick build-up of tolerance to psilocybin. If a user can abstain from mushrooms for several days than the tolerance will dissipate. Other mushrooms side effects include the effects of ‘bad trips’
- One in ten users of magic mushrooms have said that their bad trips have caused them to act in a violent or irrational way
- 7% have sought medical attention
- There have been recorded instances of sufferers of mushrooms addiction attempting suicide
- Because magic mushrooms are purchased illegally from illicit sources, the mushrooms themselves may be tainted
- Magic mushrooms should not be consumed with alcohol or other drugs
Signs of Mushrooms Addiction and Abuse
Common side effects of Mushrooms addiction is the constant and incessant ingestion of mushrooms. Magic mushrooms themselves are not addictive, but the lack of time spent without the ingestion of magic mushrooms decreases their efficacy and heightens tolerance, requiring the user to consume more to achieve the desired results. The greatest symptom of mushrooms addiction is an uncontrollable desire to take magic mushrooms. If a consistent user of mushrooms would like to go into mushroom addiction treatment, he or she must detox from mushrooms. This should take no longer than one week.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Mushrooms
There are no documented withdrawal symptoms of mushrooms. If the desire for mushrooms is uncontrollable, mushroom addiction treatment should be sought. Contact a medical professional immediately if any unsafe behavior is exhibited by yourself or another while abstaining from magic mushrooms.
Treatment for Mushrooms Addiction and Abuse
Magic mushrooms containing psilocybin are not physically or inherently psychologically addictive. An addiction can form by the constant desire of engaging in a ‘trip’, the key symptom of ingesting psilocybin.
If this desire prohibits an individual from completing duties or fulfilling social engagements, then they are exhibiting addictive behavior. The best treatment for mushrooms addiction is cognitive therapy, where a therapist will help a patient recognize various alarms to help his or her understanding of themselves and their addiction. Any addiction is treatable through cognitive therapy!
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