Taking Shrooms For The First Time: How To Guide

By Austin Dixon | Updated February 10, 2023 | Consumption, Mushrooms
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Thinking about taking shrooms for the first time?

The first time you take mushrooms can be a truly life-changing experience.

It’s important to do your homework before taking them for the first time. That way, you can get out of the experience exactly what you’re looking for.

In this article, you’ll learn how to prepare for your psychedelic mushroom trip.

Plus, we’ll help you avoid some of the common mistakes that many people make when taking shrooms for the first time.

More specifically, you’ll learn:

  • What psychedelics are and how they work
  • The basics of psychedelic mushrooms
  • How to have a positive experience with psilocybin mushrooms
  • The appropriate dosage for your first mushroom trip
  • How to ensure that you’re mentally and physically ready for your first psychedelic experience

Also, we’ll be sharing our best tips on how to best prepare for your first psychedelic mushroom trip.

What are psychedelic mushrooms?

Psychedelic mushrooms, also known as psilocybin, are small fungi that contain the psychedelic compound psilocybin.

These drugs affect serotonin levels in the brain which are known to produce visual hallucinations.

Psychedelics have been known to help with mental health benefits like reducing depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Since psilocybin has shown efficacy when it comes treating anxiety related disorders among other things, they may soon become legalized.

Please keep in mind that psychedelic mushrooms are classified as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

This means that in the US psychedelics are still illegal despite being decriminalized in some cities.

Legal action can be taken to those found in possession of psychedelics.

What Do Shrooms Taste Like?

Most people say that magic mushrooms taste earthy or like dirt.

While this might sound unappealing, everyone’s perception of how shrooms taste is a bit different. So, don’t shy away from giving them a try!

There’s plenty of ways to consume magic mushrooms without letting the taste get in the way.

You can grind dried mushrooms into a powder and put them in your favor drink. Or you can take that powder and put it into pill capsules to avoid the taste of mushrooms altogether.

How To Take Shrooms

There are many different ways to take shrooms, but there is no “best” way.

The method you use depends on your goals and preferences.

Shroom Powder

There are a few ways to ingest shroom powder.

One way is to mix it with a liquid such as grapefruit juice, water, or your favorite drink.

Another way is to put it in a capsule and swallow it with water.

You can also put the powder on food such as yogurt, cereal, or ice cream.

Shroom Tea

You can ingest shrooms with tea by using a concentrated mushroom extract placed in hot water or tea.

The extract will dissolve and you can drink the solution.

You can also place the shrooms directly into the hot water or tea.

Many people enjoy making shroom tea when thinking about dosing.

Lemon Tek

A lemon tek is a method of taking magic mushrooms that is said to be more potent and have fewer negative side effects.

The method involves using lemons to absorb the drug, which are then eaten or juiced.

Some people believe that using this method allows for a more intense high, while others say that it increases the chances of experiencing negative side effects like nausea and anxiety.

Shroom Gummies

Shroom gummies are a convenient and tasty way to consume magic mushrooms.

They are easy to carry and can be discreetly consumed.

Unlike other methods, such as drinking shroom tea or eating shrooms, shroom gummies do not have an unpleasant taste.

Shroom gummies come in a variety of flavors and are available in a range of doses, allowing you to choose the amount of shrooms you want to consume.

It’s important to note that the effects of shroom gummies may take longer to kick in than other methods, as the shrooms have to be digested first.

Taking Shrooms For The First Time

How much shrooms should a beginner take

When it comes to psychedelic mushrooms, some are stronger than others.

It’s not advisable to take a full dose for your first experience because the effects might be overwhelming.

There’s also many benefits of microdosing, such as experiencing the euphoria of magic magic mushrooms without having to experience a full “trip.”

A microdose is anywhere from 0.1g to 0.5g of magic mushrooms. Whereas a normal dose of magic mushrooms is anywhere from 1g to 3g.

For beginners who are wanting to “trip,” we recommend taking 2-3g of magic mushrooms. Always make sure to have a sober “trip sitter” to prevent any unexpected outcomes.

Plan the set and setting of your mushroom trip

When taking shrooms for the first time, following the “set and setting” rule is crucial.

Consumers should give themselves space and plenty of positive energy before taking the trip.

The environment their tripping in is also an important step — choose a familiar place with friends or family members nearby.

Being around supportive, positive individuals you’re comfortable with will help boost the good vibes of the experience.

Tripping on psychoactive substances magnifies your interpretation of everything.

If you’re feeling uncomfortable in a strange place with strange people, the trip can become frightening or produce anxiety.

On the contrary, if you feel positive and amazing, the trip will be excellent. You can listen to music in the background that has a positive or uplifting vibe.

Prepare for your trip both mentally and physically

It’s important to prepare for your trip by eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly before taking any psychedelics.

If you go into the experience with a healthy body, then it’ll be easier on both mind & soul when things start happening that normally might make people feel uncomfortable.

You can also meditate beforehand to mentally prepare for any thoughts that come up while you’re taking shrooms for the first time.

Set intentions for your psychedelic trip

Why are you doing this? What do you hope to get out of it? How might it change how you live your life from now on?

These questions are all important and help set positive intentions going into your trip.

For example, if you have any insecurities in your life that you feel hold you back, make a list of those and set the intention to dive into the root cause of those insecurities.

You’ll find this can be a powerful experience that can lead to big breakthroughs in your life. Keep a journal nearby so you can write down any revelations during your trip.

Here’s some examples of intentions you may set:

“I want to be able live a more balanced life.”

“One where I can maintain my everyday responsibilities and also enjoy time with myself without feeling guilty or ashamed about it.”

“I’d love to love more and receive love more often in my life.”

Be prepared for anything and have a support system in place

Taking shrooms for the first time is one of the most underestimated adventures.

They can provide life-changing revelations, an escape from depression or anxiety, a new perspective on someone’s mental state and even spiritual enlightenment for some people.

However, not all psychedelic experiences have such happy endings.

If taken in large doses at improper times without any guidance, even the most experienced trippers could be caught off guard by what happens during a trip experience.

These insights can be powerful to the ego, and you may find yourself feeling less stressed in life.

You might have a new understanding of who you are as an individual because your perspective is widened by experiencing something different than what’s known on a day-to-day basis.

Take some time after returning from traveling to reflect on your experience, including any personal insights that came about through it all.

It’s not uncommon for people’s egos to feel significantly diminished following their first trip abroad or other major event, giving them more acceptance towards themselves and others around them—and deep insight into things they wouldn’t otherwise know without having gone somewhere else.

If you’re taking shrooms for the first time and need things to do, check out our 7 Things To Do On Shrooms guide here.

We also recommend having a trip sitter for your first experience.

If you decide to take mushrooms alone, make sure to tell a family member or friend just in case of emergency.

How Long does it take for shrooms to kick in?

Shrooms can take up to an hour or two hours before they start taking effect.

The first thing people usually notice is the feeling of lightheadedness and euphoria.

This feeling may be accompanied by closed-eye visuals like patterns of moving lines or shapes changing into different forms. These visuals will seem more intense than with other drugs.

How Long Does A Shroom High Last?

The psychoactive effects of mushrooms can last up to 8 hours.

The duration of the “trip” or “high” depends on the dosage, the potency of the mushrooms, and the individual’s natural tolerance.

Generally, a low dose will produce a mild high that lasts about 2-4 hours, while a higher dose will result in a more intense experience that can last up to 6-8 hours.


As you can see, taking shrooms can be one of the most profound, life-altering experience of your life.

This makes them perfect for anyone looking to heal from past traumas and experience what experts refer to as an “ego death.”

Use these tips to help ensure your first trip goes smoothly and you get everything out of it that these natural mushrooms can offer.

Psychedelic mushrooms can deliver amazing experiences, but you must approach them with caution and respect.

Happy tripping!

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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