Exactly as they say they are – magic in the form of mushrooms.
This term refers to all mushrooms which have psychoactive ingredients which induce psychedelic experiences. This includes psilocybin mushrooms, amanita muscaria mushrooms and ergot mushrooms, to list the most popular ones. There are over 200 species of psychoactive mushrooms in the world.
These mushrooms have been used ceremonially for thousands of years in nomadic tribes and even in ancient civilizations (the Aztecs called them “teonanacatl”, which translated means “the flesh of the gods”).
If you would do a quick online search for “magic mushrooms experiences”, you would find a wide variety of experiences, ranging from the most sublime and spiritual to the most terrifying and fearful experiences. This is not due to the mushrooms themselves but rather due to the user himself – his psychological baggage, his emotional make-up, the set and setting in which he consumes these powerful medicines and so on.
Yes, magic mushrooms are actually medicine
This is true in spite of the fact that the American government considers them to be Schedule 1 drugs (which means they are, theoretically, highly addictive and dangerous, next to heroin and other synthetic drugs). Most other countries have banned them as well, except Spain and the Netherlands.
More and more studies are being published in favor of the magic mushrooms healing properties, especially by reputable scientific communities such as the Johns Hopkins Hospital. From treating depression and anxiety to treating other various psychiatric disorders such as OCD (as seen in this NCBI Study), the scientific community is starting to embrace the powerful healing capacities of magic mushrooms.
Types of Magic Mushroom
Depending on the type of magic mushroom you consume you will have a different experience. For example, psilocybin mushrooms are just one type of magic mushrooms, which in turn have many subtypes of mushrooms which offer different experiences. Golden Teacher psilocybin mushrooms offer a different experience than truffle psilocybin mushrooms – and there are many other subtypes of psilocybin mushrooms as well!
Amanita muscaria is another magic mushroom which offers its own unique experience, different from any other magic mushroom. The ergot mushrooms (more scientifically called “claviceps purpurea”) offer a psychedelic experience similar to LSD (which has been synthesized initially from this mushroom).
Although the experiences will differ in certain ways, the psychedelic experience is remarkably similar in other aspects, regardless of the mushroom you consume. Here’s how a psychedelic experience on magic mushrooms will look like, in general terms…
Your beliefs about the world are put on pause to reveal a more pure, organic, unifying type of reality, You access a new kind of appreciation for everything you see, smell or touch. It is like you are a new-born baby again, exploring the world through your untethered senses and with a pure mind.
The visuals may vary. Some individuals are more visual than others so they experience more visions than others. However, the colors are greatly magnified and everything seems to be alive – even objects and static things.
Overall, your perception is greatly magnified, both inwards and outwards. You come to understand your behavior, your role in the world and your surroundings in a new, more integrative way. You might process some memories in a different way, maybe even releasing emotional baggage through hysterical laughing, crying and so on.
A study done at Johns Hopkins University revealed the extraordinary spiritual power of magic mushrooms. In interviewing the participants after the study, a third of them said their experience was among the top five most meaningful of their lives. A third ranked it in the top five most spiritually significant experiences of their lives while 62% of them stated that the experience was among the top 10 most difficult ones in their lifetime.
What needs to be crystal clear is that different people will have different experiences, even if they consume the same psychedelics in the same setting. These experiences are unique every time and in a way, every psychedelic experience is like the first time – because you never know what you are going to experience.
Everyone experiences what they need to experience, even if it may be unpleasant. With all precautions taken, at the end of the day, how you are as a person will greatly determine your magic mushrooms experience, not vice-versa. This means that magic mushrooms are merely tools (albeit very powerful ones) for self-exploration, but other than that it is you who is creating the experience in itself.
Make sure that you consume these powerful medicines with someone who knows how to facilitate such an experience and be careful with the dosage. It is better to start off with a smaller dose than with a bigger one. The set and setting in which you consume magic mushrooms is of crucial importance and can make the difference between an empowering life-changing experience and a traumatic experience.
As a conclusion, I would like to leave you with a powerful quote from Ram Dass, a popular spiritual teacher. He was working with a member of the anti-drug coalition on a book about LSD. While choosing the pictures for the book, they could agree on only one picture – and here’s why…
“It was a picture of a guy on the floor, looking at some spilled Coca-Cola. And he liked that because it showed the people under drugs became so trivial, and their minds became so caught in nothing. And I liked it because it showed this person was seeing that in everything there is everything. That in the spilled drop of Coca-Cola is the entire universe.”