Psilocybin: Magic Mushrooms
Many people may not be aware that hallucinogens have been around for thousands of years, one of the oldest being psilocybin which is derived from magic mushrooms. Historically, hallucinogens were used in religious and spiritual practices, not for recreational use. Now, while there is still some spiritually legitimate hallucinogenic use today, most use has primarily shifted to recreational. This shift has brought with it a surge of hallucinogen use disorders, as well as a greater need for better treatment options for psilocybin addiction.
Psilocybin mushrooms have been illegal since the 1970s when recreational use became popular. Most users take psilocybin seeking a euphoric sensation that it can sometimes induce. Psilocybin mushrooms are typically eaten dried or fresh, but are also commonly put in tea. Some users will bake it into other foods. Depending on the amount of mushroom consumed, it can take 30 minutes to a few hours before the hallucinogenic takes effect. The immediate effects of the chemical generally lasts three to six hours, but in certain cases, effects can continue for up to three days. The drug’s potential euphoric sensation and relaxing possibility often cause individuals to misuse psilocybin mushrooms.