Are Magic Mushrooms Safe?

By Austin Dixon | Updated March 18, 2023 | Consumption, Mushrooms
medical research on psilocybin mushrooms for mental health treatment

Taking magic mushrooms is becoming more and more mainstream due to the mental health and spiritual benefits.

But, are magic mushrooms safe to ingest?

In this article, we’ll cover the safety of psychedelic drugs like magic mushrooms and what to know before the using magic mushrooms.

What are the benefits of eating psychedelic mushrooms?

The main benefits of eating psychedelic mushrooms include mental clarity, improved mood, increased creativity, improved focused, and reduced anxiety.

Magic mushrooms have also shown promise in treating mental health issues like PTSD, depression, and addiction.

Unlike other drugs, magic mushrooms are naturally occurring and not physically addictive.

According to Healthline, a 2016 study from Johns Hopkins found that “a single dose of psilocybin substantially improved quality of life and decreased depression and anxiety in people with life-threatening cancer diagnoses.”

Overall, the effects of magic mushrooms have shown great promise in treating mental effects and disorders.

Are psilocybin mushrooms safe?

Psilocybin mushrooms are a naturally occurring psychedelic drug and are safe when properly dosed.

According to USA Today, a 2016 study of over 10,000 users showed that “Only .2% reported that they needed emergency medical treatment.”

When it comes to recreational drug use, taking magic mushrooms appears to be one of the safest ways to treat mental health issues.

One potential harm of magic mushrooms is the fact that, when in the wild, they can look similar to a poisonous mushroom.

So, we recommend being educated about the different types of mushrooms to ensure safe consumption.

Also, there are some risks when it comes to consuming magic mushrooms.

Panic attacks, increased heart rate, and bad trips are possible.

So, please make sure to always use magic mushrooms in a safe environment with the correct dosage to avoid having a frightening experience.

Are mushrooms good for your brain?

Yes, magic mushrooms have been shown to be good for your brain health.

Use of magic mushrooms has shown to cause a stronger communication between parts of the brain that normally are disconnected from each other.

According to a 2017 study, “psilocybin may have some efficacy as an alternative agent to manage mental health conditions.”

Recent research continues to show that using magic mushrooms can have a profound, positive impact on mental health disorders like PTSD, depression, and addiction.

Can psychedelics treat trauma?

Psychedelic drugs like magic mushrooms have shown great promise in treating people who suffer from conditions like PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Studies have shown that even a small dose of psilocybin combined with therapy can help patients overcome various mental health disorders.

Many patients are now trying psilocybin as an alternative to traditional substance use.

Can you overdose on shrooms?

Yes, you can overdose on shrooms but this does not mean that a large amount of magic mushrooms is lethal.

Overdosing on magic mushrooms can lead to short term effects like:

  • Anxiety
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Excessive sweating

These negative consequences of taking magic mushrooms often come from not knowing the dose you’re taking, not being in a comfortable environment, or being susceptible to prior mental conditions.

As always, make sure to speak with a professional before ingesting magic mushrooms to avoid any unwanted effects.

Austin Dixon

About the Author

Austin Dixon is a recently converted psychonaut with a newfound interest in psychedelics and their affects on mental health. After thinking psychedelics were "weird hippie drugs" for 28 years, his mission is to now help educate others who are new to psychedelics.

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  • How do I know when I should (can) stop taking my current meds for anxiety and depression?

  • Hey Melanie,

    I would talk to a licensed medical professional about this. I do know you wanna stay away from psychedelics if you’re on SSRIs, but this question is best answered by a professional.

    Best wishes!

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