Studies show the number of people using psychedelics increases over the summer months. Additionally, people are more likely to try psychedelics for the first time during the summertime. This is likely a result of summer activities where psychedelic use is common, such as festivals and outdoor concerts. Further, psychedelics, like magic mushrooms, also pair well with outdoor activities and can help folks connect with nature.

Thinking about trying psychedelics for the first time this summer? Let’s talk about the safe use of magic mushrooms.

Using Psychedelics Safely

First, know that magic mushrooms are considered relatively safe. While you can have a negative experience, there is very little risk of overdose. However, you can do a few things to stay safe and make the most of your psychedelic experience.

Determine the best dose for you

You can use a dosage calculator to figure out a good starting point. For beginners, we recommend starting with a low dose. You can increase the dose slightly after an hour if you’re feeling good.

Use psychedelics this summer in a safe and comfortable environment

Take the time to think about your environment and whether or not you will feel comfortable and safe. If you’re planning to use in a large social environment, such as a festival, ensure you have an isolated space you can escape to if you need it. You may also want to consider exploring magic mushrooms for the first time before the event in a more relaxed environment, like at home.

Take the time to think about who you are with and your level of comfort and trust with them. Also consider other parties’ experience with psychedelics and whether or not someone you know will be sober in case of an emergency.

Consider a trip sitter

A trip sitter can be a trusted friend who is sober and there to support you while tripping this summer. They will make sure you stay safe. It should ideally be someone with experience in psychedelics, but that isn’t required. They can make sure you drink some water, bring you your comfort items, or help you get back to your safe space if needed.

Cultivate a positive mindset

Set intentions and use them to create a pleasant mindset to set yourself up for a positive experience. Some nervousness is normal, but you should feel optimistic about the experience overall and that it will enhance your life somehow.

Other things to consider

Don’t consume other substances while tripping, including alcohol.

Mushrooms can cause temporary increases in heart rate and blood pressure, making them potentially unsuitable for those with cardiovascular conditions.

Learn more about how to prepare for a psychedelic trip.

What If I Have a Bad Experience?

Psychedelics can bring up thoughts and feelings you may feel unprepared to deal with. Know this is normal and that you will get through it. If you can, allow yourself to give in to the journey and remember that no matter what happens, it will end. Learn more about how long mushrooms last. Also, remember that there is little risk of overdose.

Setting intentions can help create positive energy around your experience and provide you with a goal or mantra to return to if you begin feeling uneasy.

Setting Intentions

Setting trip intentions is when you state what you intend to accomplish through your actions; in this case, the psychedelic experience. It’s a commitment to what you want from the journey or what you want it to be about. These intentions can be used to guide you on your trip.

This doesn’t mean every time you try magic mushrooms you need to be doing deep work on yourself. If you’re planning to use mushrooms at a festival, your intention could be as simple as allowing yourself to let go of stress and enjoy the experience.

Learn more about setting intentions.

Additionally, being prepared to manage potential anxiety or negative feelings can help you get through those potentially rocky moments during your trip.

Managing Negative Feelings During a Trip

Negative feelings can sway how your trip goes, but if you have skills to manage these they can help you to return to a good place.

There are numerous ways of managing anxiety or negative feelings during a psychedelic trip so take the time to consider what might work best for you.

  1. Remember that having a good or bad experience is not like a light switch. It’s not pass/fail. If you start to feel a bit off, you can always shift the experience in a happier direction.
  2. Have comfort items on hand. For many people, these are sensory items that make them feel good, like a soft blanket, pillows, stuffed animals, etc.
  3. Change your environment. Negative feelings may be triggered by something in your environment. Changing location can remove those potential triggers and give your brain space to reset, refocus, and find calm.
  4. Turn on soothing music you’re familiar with. Music can distract our brains and trigger positive emotions. Don’t listen to music that reminds you of specific bad experiences.
  5. Talk to someone you trust.

Final Thoughts

Stay safe this festival season and use responsibly. If you’re feeling nervous, consider microdosing the first time. Learn more about microdosing.

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Studies have demonstrated the neuroprotective properties of cannabis can help with traumatic brain injury by reducing secondary damage after the initial trauma, which has contributed to the interest in exploring alternative treatments like psychedelics for traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. In Canada, 2% of the population lives with a traumatic brain injury. There are 18,000 hospitalizations each year, and traumatic brain injury typically occurs in 500 out of every 100,000 individuals annually. That is approximately 165,000 people in Canada impacted by traumatic brain injury every day. This equals 452 people every day, or one person every 3 minutes.

Here we will look at psychedelics for traumatic brain injuries, mainly where the research is headed and its promise for treatment.

Description of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a disruption in the brain’s normal function caused by trauma to the head. This trauma can be experienced in numerous ways, typically described as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.

Children and older adults are at higher risk of experiencing a traumatic brain injury than an average adult—other than adults engaged in contact sports.

Is a concussion a traumatic brain injury?

The term traumatic brain injury sounds scary, and it can be. A concussion is considered a type of traumatic brain injury. Even though concussions are often seen as mild brain injuries (because they are generally not life threatening) the impacts can still be severe. This is important because concussions are common in many contact sports.

Signs of a concussion can be subtle (hard to identify) and may not show up immediately following injury.

The symptoms of a concussion can last for days, weeks, or sometimes even longer. Common symptoms include headache, memory loss (amnesia), and confusion. Amnesia usually involves forgetting the event that caused the concussion.

Physical signs and symptomsOther signs and symptomsSymptoms that may occur days after injury
Headache
Ringing in the ears
Nausea
Vomiting
Fatigue or drowsiness
Blurry vision
Confusion or feeling in a fog
Amnesia surrounding the event
Dizziness
Concentration and memory complaints
Irritability and other personality changes
Sensitivity to light and noise
Sleep disturbances
Psychological adjustment problems and depression
Disorders of taste and smell

Related: Cannabis for Heacaches and Migraines

Treatment for Concussions

It’s essential to speak to a doctor if you think you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury. Treatment focuses on physical and mental rest. Doctors recommend engaging in relative rest: reducing activities that require mental exertion but not eliminating all activities.

It’s vital to slowly add mental and physical activities back into your life and pay attention to how they impact symptoms. Resuming rigorous physical activity after a traumatic brain injury increases the risk of another brain injury. So, increase activity slowly and listen to your doctor.

Related: Mindfulness and Psychedelics

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head. It can include behavioural problems, mood problems, and issues with cognition. While it can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, a 2017 study showed that 99 percent of former NFL players and 91 percent of college football players studied had CTE.

Some professional athletes experience significant adverse impacts of traumatic brain injury, including depression and suicide ideation. As a result of these symptoms, many athletes have turned to alternative treatment methods, such as psychedelics.

Psychedelics for Traumatic Brain Injury

Several athletes have already turned to psychedelics to manage symptoms related to traumatic brain injury. The research is also underway.

A 2019 review stresses the importance of research into the use of psychedelics, such as psilocybin, for disorders related to consciousness based on previous preliminary studies. A 2021 review looked at historical data about psychedelics’ safety and potential therapeutic uses to outline the areas of interest for traumatic brain injury.

Neuroinflammation

Neuroinflammation specifically refers to inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Ongoing neuroinflammation can increase damage to the brain.

The 5-HT2A receptor, the one psychedelics like magic mushrooms act on, is well known to have the potential to regulate inflammation in the brain.

Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis is the growth and repair of brain cells which is essential for healing from a traumatic brain injury.

Psilocybin has been shown to support neurogenesis in the hippocampus, which plays a vital role in learning, memory, and mood. Scientists believe the damage to the hippocampus may account for some of the long-term emotional and cognitive problems experienced by those who have experienced a brain injury.

Neurogenesis in the hippocampus also supports recovery from PTSD.

Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and adapt through growth and reorganization. After a traumatic brain injury, the reorganization of neural connections is an integral part of recovery, specifically relearning information and reforming memories.

Studies show that psychedelics promote neural plasticity, speeding up relearning in patients with traumatic brain injury. 

Psychedelics for PTSD and Depression

It’s common for those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury to develop PTSD or depression.

Approximately 25% of people who experience a traumatic brain injury develop symptoms of major depressive disorder.

Psychedelics can also support the treatment of PTSD and depression, which, in turn, can support the overall recovery for those with a TBI.

Learn more about using psychedelics for PTSD and Depression.

Final Thoughts on Psychedelics for Traumatic Brain Injury

Psychedelics are being used by many athletes to manage the long-term impacts of traumatic brain injury. Research is underway to develop a deeper understanding of how psychedelics help heal the brain.

Preliminary evidence suggests that psychedelics could help restore some of the damage and improve psychological symptoms associated with injury. However, it’s important to note that this research is still pre-clinical, but more people are investing in it.

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Psychedelics, such as magic mushrooms, are making waves when treating complex mental illnesses like major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Approximately 9 percent of Canadians have experienced PTSD in their lifetime, with men being more likely to experience trauma but women more likely to develop PTSD symptoms. Here we will discuss using psychedelics to treat PTSD and what the research says, so far. But first, let’s define what post-traumatic stress disorder is.

Description of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that results from having experienced or witnessed trauma. Though it is important to note that not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD and what is considered traumatic differs between people.

People who have experienced trauma often have intense, disturbing thoughts or feelings related to that experience long after the trauma event(s) have passed.

Woman crying with PTSD

PTSD symptoms fall into four categories:

  1. Intrusive thoughts. Repeated, involuntary memories, frightening dreams, or flashbacks of the traumatic event. For some, flashbacks may feel like they are reliving the traumatic experience.
  2. Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event. This may include avoiding people, places, activities, objects, and situations that bring distressing memories. They may also resist talking about what happened or how they feel about it.
  3. Negative thoughts and feelings. This may include distorted beliefs about oneself or others (ex., “I am bad,” “No one can be trusted”), ongoing fear, horror, anger, guilt, shame, significantly less interest in activities previously enjoyed, or feeling detached from others.
  4. Reactive symptoms may include being irritable and having angry outbursts, behaving recklessly or self-destructively, being easily startled, or having problems concentrating or sleeping. (source)

Traditional Treatment for PTSD

Mental health professionals, such as psychologists and psychiatrists, use various methods to help people with PTSD recover. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one evidence-based treatment that is often used in combination with medication.

A young woman who looks like Zendaya lying in bed depressed due to trauma

While these treatment methods are effective, many people find that psychedelics provide additional benefits for treating PTSD, particularly since treatment can be fairly complex.

Psychedelics to Treat PTSD – What the Research Says

Psychedelics have shown promise in treatment for psychological disorders and received breakthrough therapy status in 2019 for major depression. In Canada, psilocybin has now been approved for end-of-life care use by a limited number of health professionals.

Does the research support the use of psychedelics to treat PTSD?

A 2013 study found psilocybin stimulates neurogenesis (the growth and repair of brain cells) in the hippocampus, the brain’s centre for emotion and memory. In the study, mice given psilocybin overcame fear conditioning far better than mice given a placebo. These results support the hypothesis that psilocybin can help break the traumatic cycle in patients with PTSD.

Stephen Ross, MD, a psychiatrist at NYU Langone, conducted a study on terminally ill cancer patients and found that one-time treatment with psilocybin quickly brought relief from distress.

Other acute effects that substantiate their potential therapeutic role in the treatment of PTSD include:

a woman feeling peaceful sitting by a lake

A 2020 study provided psilocybin therapy and group therapy sessions to survivors of the AIDS pandemic who reported feeling demoralized. At 3 months, researchers saw significant reductions in participants’ symptoms of demoralization.

Using Psychedelics to Treat PTSD

Psychedelics are not an alternative to traditional treatment methods for PTSD. Those diagnosed with PTSD or experiencing similar symptoms should speak to a mental health professional.

If you decide to use psychedelics to treat PTSD with or without the support and guidance of your mental health professional, please use them responsibly and take the time to prepare for the experience.

Since psychedelics can bring up a lot of feelings, they can leave people feeling vulnerable. Because of this, we stress the importance of taking care of yourself psychologically after the experience. For some, this may mean seeking support from their mental health professional. For others, this may mean seeking support from friends and loved ones and engaging in therapeutic activities such as journaling.

Learn more about integration after a psychedelic experience.

Psychedelic Dose or Microdose for PTSD?

Research has focused on a psychedelic dose of magic mushrooms, but that doesn’t mean that microdosing won’t have similar therapeutic benefits.

Until we know more about using psychedelics to treat PTSD, it’s up to your personal choice if you want to microdose or try a psychedelic dose.

A psychedelic dose may lead you to experience ego death, which can be healing but also may be overwhelming. A microdose may provide therapeutic benefits with less intensity.

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People ask this question a lot, in terms of how long mushrooms last in storage, in their system, and the length of the high and aftereffects. So, here we plan to demystify the mysterious mushroom and answer all questions around timings.

How Long Do Dry Mushrooms Last in Storage?

The most efficient way to store dried mushrooms is in a sealed jar with some food-grade silica gel packets. You can buy these online. Keep the jar sealed tight and place it somewhere dark, always out of direct sunlight. This is the best and simplest way to store dried shrooms and will keep them edible for up to a year. It works for weed too.

dried magic mushrooms stored in a jar to make the shrooms last longer

How to Store Shrooms in Honey

Storing your dried shrooms in honey is another tasty solution. This is sometimes called blue honey or shroom honey. You just need enough liquid honey to cover your shrooms and you’re good to go. It’s best to use this method with dried shrooms rather than fresh.

Making Shroom Honey:

  • Chop your shrooms up small.
  • Put them into a mason jar, Tupperware, or other sealable container.
  • Pour liquid honey over the shrooms and stir for an even covering.
  • Seal and store in a cool, dark spot for up to four months.
  • Check back often for signs of moulding.

How to Store Shrooms in Tea

Once you’ve brewed up some trippy tea, you can store it like iced tea in a sealer pitcher in the refrigerator. It should be fine for up to a week.

How to Store Shrooms in Chocolate

You can buy a number of different shroom chocolates these days. However, it’s fairly simple to make your own. Shrooms aren’t known for their flavour, so it’s easy to see why coating them in delicious chocolate has become popular. However, they don’t last as long as other storage methods.

blue goba magic mushroom 6 gram chocolate bar

Store your shroom chocolates in a sealed contained in the fridge. You can line the container with unbleached baking paper to stop them from sticking. They should last in the fridge for a month or so, if you can keep from indulging in them for that long.

How to Store Shroom Capsules

Shroom capsules are a great way to get the effects you want without the unfortunate taste. You can manage your dosage better when microdosing and swallow the shrooms in an easy tasteless cap.

We’re starting to repeat ourselves now, but you guessed it: store your caps in an airtight container in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, with silica gel packets for a longer shelf life. They should be good for up to a year, but naturally you want to check on them from time to time and make sure they aren’t moulding.  

Storing Fresh Shrooms in the Fridge 

It’s recommended to dry fresh mushrooms as soon as possible to ensure they don’t rot. If you can’t, place them on a sheet of unbleached paper towel in a paper bag, fold the opening of the bag to seal it, then put it in the fridge. If the mushrooms are fresh and whole, they should last 5-10 days. They will then need to be consumed or dried to store for longer without rotting. Monitor these mushrooms for mould in the meantime.

How Long Does a Magic Mushroom High Last?

If you eat magic mushrooms raw, you’ll start to feel the come up about 30 minutes to an hour later. If you crush the shrooms first, take ground mushrooms or mix them with lemon juice (called lemon tekking) then the effects can kick in faster, as soon as 10-15 minutes.

You will usually hit your peak at around an hour to an hour and a half. The effects usually last around four to six hours.

You may want to take note of the time you consumed the mushrooms as you can lose your sense of time while on them. However, as long as you’re in a good mindset and setting, it should all be chill, and you won’t have a care about the time.

You’ll know you’re feeling the effects when a sense of euphoria overtakes you. You’ll start to feel yourself open up and the colours of the world will become more vivid. This could be accompanied by some visual hallucinations, such as objects appearing to breathe, morph, or have fractal patterns on them.

The intensity of your trip can vary based on: 

How much you consume: The quantity of mushrooms you consume will naturally affect the intensity of the high. More mushrooms equal more psychedelic compounds in your system.

If you ate recently. Eating the shrooms on an empty stomach will make your trip more intense and reduce the chances of feeling nauseous.

The potency of the mushrooms. The potency of the mushrooms, like with cannabis or alcohol, can affect the speed and intensity of effects.

Past experience with psychedelics. Your first time taking shrooms will likely be quite intense, but if you’re a regular user you can develop a tolerance to the effects. This means the same amount won’t get you as high.

Expectations. It’s possible that due to the power of the mind, having positive expectations going into a trip will raise your chances of prolonged positive psychological effects during and after a trip. 

Afterglow

Many medicinal mushroom users have described an afterglow: a better mood lasting anywhere from hours to days after a macrodose of shrooms.

How Long Do Shrooms Stay in Your System?

While the high will probably end by the 8-hour point, you can feel some effects for maybe 15 hours afterwards. By 24 hours you should be feeling completely yourself again. These timings vary person to person.

How Long are Mushrooms Detectable By a Drug Test?

This is a tough question. There are a bunch of different tests out there and some are better at picking up trace amounts of chemicals in your system than others. The detection period will vary with each test too. Although, according to Healthline, most routine drug tests can’t detect shrooms.

Your everyday office drug test will be a urine test. Most of the time you’ll have passed any traces of mushrooms within 24 hours. Still, some research suggests that small amounts are detectable even a week later. So, if keeping your job depends on a drug test, lay off the shrooms for at least a week beforehand.

Your body should metabolize magic mushrooms too fast for them to show up in a blood or saliva test unless you’re unfortunate enough to take it on the same day. Hair follicle tests are rare due to their cost, but they can detect shrooms for up to 90 days.

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When most of us think about magic mushrooms, we are likely picturing the species Psilocybe cubensis. These tend to be among the most commonly cultivated mushrooms because they’re relatively easy to grow indoors. Because of the ease of cultivation, there are now 60 strains, maybe more, of psilocybe cubensis; some of the most popular mushrooms include Blue Meanies, Golden Teachers, Penis Envy, B+, and Pink Buffalo.

What Makes Blue Meanies Challenging to Understand?

Blue Meanies are named after the bright blueish colour they turn when handled. Unfortunately, most species of mushrooms turn some shade of blue when handled, as a result, different species of mushrooms have been called blue meanies, so it’s essential to know the difference.

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There is a Blue Meany in the psilocybe cubensis species, but there is also a Blue Meany in the panaeolus cyanescens species. The panaeolus cyanescens is considered the ‘real’ species of Blue Meanies mushrooms, but who gets to decide what’s real? We love our Blue Meanie P. cubensis.

It’s important to distinguish between these two species because of the potency. The panaeolus cyanescens species of Blue Meanies mushrooms are much more potent.

Here we are talking about the Blue Meanie P. cubensis strain.

What is a Blue Meanie Mushroom?

The magic mushroom strain Blue Meanie of the species P. cubensis is thought to have originated from Australia. It’s named for the vivid blue bruising that appears when the fruiting body is handled.

While all magic mushrooms will turn slightly blue from being handled (i.e. bruised or damaged somewhat), this is more prevalent with the Blue Meanies strain due to the high psilocybin content.

Visually, these shrooms have relatively large fruiting bodies with thick, dense stems and caps that mature from golden brown to light yellow and with pronounced remnants of universal veil on top (spots).

Effects of Blue Meanies Mushrooms – Psilocybe Cubensis

Blue Meanies mushrooms are considered one of the most potent P. cubensis strains.

After consumption, it will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to feel the effects, and the experience will last between 4 and 8 hours.

The differences between mushroom strains and species have yet to be studied clinically because clinical studies on magic mushrooms are preliminary and focus on psilocybin, not the whole mushroom. Despite this, users and mushroom experts have recorded their experience with various species.

What are people saying about them?

Despite the name, Blue Meanies, they don’t have a ‘mean’ effect. They’re associated with feelings of euphoria and often intense visuals.

people chilling and looking at the sky from their van

The intensity of the visuals depends on the dose as with other strains of mushrooms. However, many people on reddit note an intense psychedelic experience at between 1 and 1.5g. They describe the experience with Blue Meanies mushrooms to be full of giggles as they’re coming up and intense staring at the sky or other visuals during the peak of the experience.

Dosage for Blue Meanies

Some dosage calculators can help you determine the best starting dose for magic mushrooms; however, they don’t take strain into account.

If you’re experienced with magic mushrooms and trying Blue Meanies for the first time, there are two things to consider when determining the dose.

  1. Are you hoping for a similar high as to what you’ve experienced previously? If yes, you will want to take a smaller dose to account for the higher potency.
  2. Are you trying Blue Meanies because you’re looking for more intensity? If yes, you may want to consider sticking with your typical dose.

When considering the dose for magic mushrooms, there are a lot of things to take into consideration.

The first is your goals. Are you seeking a microdose? Are you looking for the full hallucinogenic effects with visuals? Something in between? A conservative hallucinogenic dose to try out the strain?

The second thing to consider is experience or tolerance level. However, we always recommend starting with a small dose if you’re new to magic mushrooms or trying a different strain.

And, of course, like any other hallucinogens, they can impact people differently based on tolerance, body size, and other factors.

Buying Blue Meanies Mushrooms

Ready to give Blue Meanies a try? You can purchase them here in 1g, 7g, 14g and 28g quantities.

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If you’ve experienced psilocybin before, you know how intense and euphoric the experience can be. You may be wondering what it would be like to have sex on shrooms.

Having sex on shrooms can be a wonderfully intense experience. Still, just like any other time you consume mushrooms, you could also have a negative experience. So, it’s essential to adequately prepare for the experience.

Having Sex on Shrooms — How Does it Feel?

Mushrooms can intensify all the senses, including touch, which can create a magical and intense feeling. At the same time, it could mean what you usually find pleasurable could be changed; for example, you may want less intensity or less pressure.

Read a personal experience about sex on mushrooms on Vice.

Having Sex on Shrooms — More Than the Physical

While the physical sensations a person can feel while having sex on shrooms can be amazing, there is the potential for so much more.

Psilocybin is known for creating openness and dissolution of the ego. Both of these things can help you connect more intimately with your partner. It can help you get more in touch with your own feelings and potentially empathize more with your partner or better see their perspective.

So, while you may want to get physical while consuming mushrooms, you may have a just as fulfilling experience connecting emotionally with your partner.

Shrooms and Sex — Do Shrooms Make You Horny?

Looking around the forums, there seem to be lots of different thoughts about whether or not shrooms make you horny. Some are 100% in the no camp, some are absolutely in the yes camp, while others are unsure, or it may depend on circumstances.

It seems as though a smaller dose is more likely to make you horny and not so intense that you can’t act on any sexual feelings. In this case, a smaller dose would be more than a microdose but less than a full macrodose.

Often, people at the peak of a macrodose are experiencing too many intense feelings to focus on sexual activity even if they are horny.

Sex on Mushrooms — How to Prepare

Here are some essential things to think about before combining mushrooms and sex.

Consent is one of the most critical things in sexual interactions, and you can’t give full consent while intoxicated.

To ensure the experience is safe, fun, and mutually agreed upon, consent and boundaries must be discussed while sober.

Choose a Partner You Trust

Because mushrooms can impact you in many different ways, it’s best to choose partners you are comfortable with and have previous experience with.

Safe and Sexy Environment

Just like having a comfortable and safe person to engage with, the environment is also something to consider. At home, in a bed you’re familiar with is probably the best environment.

You may want to think about putting on some fresh sheets and consider mood lighting.

Set intentions together.

Know Your Dose

If you’re experienced with mushrooms, you may have an idea of what dose will be best for you. However, you may want to consider taking a little less than you usually would for a full macrodose, so you have an easier time focusing.

If you’re not experienced with mushrooms, start small. It may be best to start with a microdose, or slightly more, rather than a full macrodose, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

A smaller dose will still have similar effects in connecting you with your partner.

Mushrooms and Sex — How to Use Mushrooms for a Sexual Experience

Once you’ve prepared for the experience and had an in-depth conversation with your partner about consent and boundaries, you’re good to go. Measure out your dose and consume the mushrooms together. See 4 ways of consuming magic mushrooms.

Some people may choose to engage in sex as they come up on mushrooms; however, you may have trouble focusing once you reach the peak. So, others engage in sexual activity after they have peaked and start to come down slightly. Having sex after the peak also gives you and your partner plenty of time to connect with one another emotionally before physical intimacy.

As we mentioned earlier, mushrooms may impact how your body feels in such a way that what feels good sexually is different from when you’re sober. So, before jumping right into the type of play you typically engage in with your partner, consider taking some time to gently explore each other’s bodies and your own.

Be Prepared for It To Not Go As Planned

Because mushrooms can be intense and affect our bodies and brains in many different ways, it’s important to go with the flow when it comes to having sex on mushrooms. This is one of the reasons it’s recommended to choose a partner that you trust. You want someone supportive who will make you feel comfortable and who you can laugh with if things go not quite right or horribly wrong.

Know that it’s normal to get distracted and unfocused when you’re high. The mushrooms also may impact your body in unexpected ways; for example, you might not be able to stay hard. Cut yourself some slack and enjoy the journey.

Maybe have some toys available to support the experience, or don’t be afraid to stop and just enjoy some naked time together with your partner.

Final Thoughts on Shrooms and Sex

Having sex on mushrooms has the potential to be an amazing experience if you’re prepared, in the right environment, and with a comfortable person.

Like any mushroom experience, let the journey take you and don’t take yourself too seriously. You might think you’re interested in having sex while on shrooms, but it might not go as planned, and that’s okay.

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When the weather starts to get dark and grey as the winter months approach, it’s easy for the lack of sunlight and colour to affect our mood. Many people feel lethargic, tired, hopeless and many display signs of depression. Psychedelic (magic mushrooms) therapy can help manage feelings of depression and improve those winter blues.

Psychedelics for Seasonal Depression

When we talk about the winter blues, what we are typically describing is seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder. However, when we refer to these symptoms as the winter blues, it takes away from the experience and discourages many people from taking tangible steps to treat them.

Seasonal depression is a type of depression related to the changing of the seasons. It typically begins in fall, leads into the winter months and then ends in the spring when the days get brighter and the weather warmer and clearer.

Symptoms typically include,

  • Feeling depressed often
  • Losing interest in activities you previously enjoyed
  • Low energy
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Changes in your appetite or weight
  • Feeling sluggish or agitated
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty

Typically, seasonal depression is treated with light therapy, lifestyle changes, medication (like SSRIs), or psychotherapy. However, many people are turning to psychedelic therapy for managing symptoms of depression, not just in the winter months but all year long.

woman suffering from seasonal depression

Magic Mushrooms and Depression

Many people are turning to magic mushrooms for treating depression. While the research supports psilocybin treatment for depression, it’s primarily focused on depression related to end-of-life care, as this is where the legal exemptions have been made. However, the research continues to expand and support the use of psilocybin therapy for managing symptoms of depression in the broader population.

We are beginning to see the most significant result in comparing psilocybin therapy to treatment with SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which are one of the most common treatments for depression.

Psilocybin vs SSRIs

A 2021 study comparing psilocybin to SSRIs, particularly escitalopram, found no significant difference between psilocybin and the SSRIs when compared on the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology–Self-Report (QIDS-sR), which means psilocybin was as effective as escitalopram in managing symptoms of depression during the study.

However, one of the researchers, Robin Carhart-Harris, notes that there were some significant differences within the 16 items in the QIDS-sR. These differences include:

  • 70% of the participants in the psilocybin group responded to treatment compared to 48% in the SSRI group.
  • The rate of remission was 57% in the psilocybin group compared to 28% in the SSRI group.
  • The psilocybin group showed larger reductions in suicidality and anhedonia (the lack of ability to feel pleasure).

Of course, because this is new research, more clinical data is necessary to understand the differences between psilocybin therapy and SSRI treatment fully.

Why is this significant?

While SSRIs can manage the symptoms of depression for many individuals, there are numerous downsides. Not only do SSRIs have many challenging side effects, but it often takes several tries to find an effective medication, and many people build up a tolerance over time.

The advantage of magic mushrooms over SSRIs is that side effects are minimal, and even though you can build up a tolerance, the effects last much longer, so it is reasonable to leave a significant amount of time between trips or take a month or more break between microdosing.

Psilocybin Therapy and Psychotherapy

It’s important to note that in the study, like most other trials involving psilocybin, participants received approximately 30-40 hours of psychotherapy. However, this does not mean that psychotherapy is necessary as part of psilocybin therapy. Still, some additional work is important ­– this is part of the integration process.

It’s interesting to note that one participant in this study who had been experiencing depression for decades noted, “People describe psychedelic therapy as 25 years of therapy in one afternoon. And it can absolutely feel like that, but it’s not a silver bullet—and it’s just an afternoon,” Schneider says. “The real magic in this is not in the dosing day; it’s in the work that you do afterward.” This quote reinforces the importance of integration.

Microdosing for Depression

For those who don’t want to experience a full psychedelic trip, microdosing can be an excellent solution for managing symptoms of depression.

A microdose is a small dose (often 100mg) of a psychedelic substance, like magic mushrooms, used for a therapeutic purpose without the hallucinogenic experience. Therefore, microdosing is the process of consuming this small dose at regular intervals – typically every three days.

Microdosing is just as effective as macrodosing for most people. It doesn’t disrupt your day because you don’t experience the hallucinogenic effects. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about having a bad trip.

Learn more about the difference between microdosing and macrodosing here and the different ways of consuming magic mushrooms.

Other Ways of Managing Seasonal Depression

While magic mushrooms, particularly microdosing, can effectively manage symptoms of depression, it’s even more beneficial when combined with other treatment methods and lifestyle changes. Here are five small things to consider when you begin experiencing the winter blues.

man using mushrooms and exercise to get through depression
  1. Regular routine. Maintain a normal and structured routine that helps you schedule important healthy activities like exercise and taking your microdose at the same time. This also should include maintaining a regular sleep schedule, which may mean rising earlier to catch more of the daylight in the winter months.
  2. Absorb the light. If possible, expose yourself to natural light shortly after getting out of bed – yes, even if it is cloudy. Natural light helps to signal the start of the day and has many other nurturing benefits. Consider getting out in nature if you can.
  3. Consider Vitamin D. Vitamin D is likely something you’re lacking in the winter months; consider adding vitamin D to your morning routine.
  4. Consider light therapy. A UV Seasonal Affective Disorder lamp mimics sunlight and can help you get all those things you’re missing from the sunlight. Sit in front of it for 20-30 minutes after you’ve taken your microdose to help bring positive energy to your day.
  5. Remember, this will end. Seasonal depression happens every year for many people, so even though it’s challenging, you know it will end.

Consider taking your microdose of mushrooms in the morning alongside your vitamin D and other supplements to combat seasonal depression. Then sit in front of your SAD lamp or get outside for a nice walk before starting your day. A routine like this will go a long way in giving you energy and lifting your mood during the cold, dark winter months.

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Penis Envy (PE) mushrooms aren’t just a cheekily named strain; they also happen to be one of the strongest and most sought-after cubensis strains in the world. Lauded as some of the most potent mushrooms out there, PE mushrooms are mostly recommended for experienced trippers as they “produce up to 50% more psilocybin than most other Psilocybe cubensis strains.”

Penis Envy magic mushrooms have a much slower growth cycle than other mushrooms, and it’s suggested that this extra production time is the reason for the excess psilocybin. Imbibers of PE report deeply profound trips and an overwhelming feeling of calm and contentment. Today, Penis Envy shrooms are one of the most prevalent strains in the mushroom world, but if it wasn’t for a couple of mycologists in the 1970s, this popular strain might have remained lost in the Amazonian rainforest.

The History of Penis Envy Mushrooms

Amazon rainforest

It is said that PE mushrooms were first found in the rainforest of the Amazon by Terence McKenna, an ethnobotanist. He took some microscopic slide samples, brought them back to the US, prepared to cultivate them from their spore state as he had done previously, and shared his findings with other interested colleagues. 

Stephen Pollock, another mycologist, studied psilocybin mushrooms’ potential to treat illness and otherwise heal people. He also happened to be a trusted colleague of McKenna. Pollock received the spores from the mushrooms McKenna had found in the Amazon and cultivated them, refining the process each time, taking a sample from the largest fruiting mushrooms. After several years of this, an oddly large mushroom appeared. Described as “distinctly identifiable by an exceptionally thick and dense stem, and pale underdeveloped cap” that had a lack of separation between the cap and stem—which was a difference that separated this strain from “all other known cubensis varieties.” And so, the first-ever recorded Penis Envy mushroom strain was recorded.

The Effects of Penis Envy Mushrooms

Because of their increased levels of psilocybin, the effects of PE mushrooms usually occur quicker than other strains. They are more pronounced, with users reporting feelings of lightness and joy afterwards. 

Cultivating Penis Envy Mushrooms

PE mushrooms can be tough to grow as they have particular needs for every stage of their life cycle – from light times and sources, to substrate materials the spores are produced in, to how they are harvested. They take nearly 25% longer than other spores to pin, and their pin rate is less than half of other mushrooms’ rates. Unlike other mushrooms, when PE mushroom caps pop, they should be harvested in about three days’ time or when their gills turn blue, not immediately. They can then be freeze dried to maintain their quality, size and shape.

PE Mushroom Dosage

multiple freexe-dried penis envy magic mushrooms

As with all mushrooms, the dosage you’ll want to take depends on many factors, such as your tolerance level, method of ingestion, and the amount you’ve eaten. If you’re familiar with your regular mushroom dose, it’s advised to reduce by about 30% for PE mushrooms due to their potency. 

PE mushrooms are the celebrated superstars of the mushroom world, and it’s all thanks to the dedication of two scientists and a microscopy slide smuggled home from the Amazon. Who knows what other medical advancements have been discovered or lost on such a fine chance.

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If you’re looking to take magic shrooms, or maybe you’re guiding a first timer and helping them gather intel, one of the first questions is usually, “How long does it take for shrooms to kick in?”

Though it’s a seemingly simple question, the answer is quite multilayered and difficult to give a precise answer to as it depends on a myriad of factors. Knowing how long it takes for shrooms to kick in depends on your mindset, body and metabolism, and how you take them.

Factors on How Long It Takes Shrooms to Hit

Set and Setting When Taking Shrooms

Set and setting is a well-known concept in psychedelic circles, referring to the place (setting) and mindset (set) you’re in when you decide to trip. Shrooms, or any psychedelic drug, will no doubt hit differently and on different timelines depending on your mindset and environment.

Taking shrooms in the comfort of your own home with a trusted friend or two will allow you to be calmer, more in touch with your body and in turn, feel the shrooms’ effects bloom from the beginning. Taking them in an unfamiliar environment with all manner of people around will delay the shrooms’ effects because you’re distracted by all the goings-on. It can also lead to an excess of anxiety or uncomfortable feelings on the come-up or the start of your shroom trip.

Whenever you’re considering a trip, it’s important to remember that your mental state and your surroundings will undoubtedly have an effect on how long it takes the shrooms to kick in.

Your Body 

Everyone’s body is unique, so it stands to reason that everyone’s body will process an influx of shrooms differently. It will also depend on what’s in your stomach already when you take the shrooms. A full stomach can extend the time before the shrooms kick in by about an hour. When taken on an empty stomach, which isn’t recommended for beginners, shrooms can kick in after only about 10 minutes. Your stomach contents plays such a critical factor when you’re wondering just how long it takes for shrooms to kick in because shrooms contain psilocybin that needs to be converted into psilocin and then absorbed into the body. When your body is digesting both shrooms and food, the effects take place slower as your body is digesting everything at once and can affect how long they stay in your system.

How You Take the Shrooms

Chewing Whole Shrooms

There are a multitude of ways to take shrooms, depending on your personal preference. Chewing them whole is the easiest and quickest way to ingest them. However, eating shrooms this way is one of the longest lead-ins to a trip, as your body has to break them down before you can feel anything. With this method, you could start feeling the effects as soon as 10 minutes after taking them or as long as an hour after. The general consensus is that after 30 minutes you should start to feel some effects from the shrooms.

Magic Mushroom Tea

Making shroom tea takes a bit longer than simply chomping down some mushrooms but taking them in tea can make for a more enjoyable experience and trip. If you drink the tea reasonably quickly, the effects can be felt as soon as 10-15 minutes. However, if you slowly sip the tea after a decent meal, the results could be offset for about an hour. Mushroom tea still needs to be converted to psilocin by the body, but as it’s in a liquid form, the conversion and absorption are much quicker than your body working to break down pieces of shroom, so you may feel the effects of tea faster than eating them.

Lemon Tekking

Lemon Tekking is the practice of adding lemon juice to your shrooms before taking them. The reasoning behind lemon juice, in particular, is that the lemon juice mimics our stomach acid and so starts converting the psilocybin into psilocin before the shrooms are even taken. This makes the shrooms completely ready for absorption once they’ve been ingested. Shrooms taken in this manner kick in almost immediately, and it often results in a stronger, more intense, faster trip.

So, the next time you find yourself wondering, “How long does it take for shrooms to kick in?” remember the effects of shrooms are decided by your set and setting, body, and method of taking the shrooms—all in a delicate balance! If you’ve got this far, you might be wondering how long shrooms last…

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