What Is Psilocybin?


What Is Psilocybin?

Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance found in certain types of illegal mushrooms. Psilocybin can be man-made, but it isn't likely to be found in the United States.

Generally mushrooms containing this illegal substance have long, skinny stems that have dark coloring on the bottom.


How Is Psilocybin Abused?

Generally mushrooms containing Psilocybin are ingested. They also can be consumed in a powder form or smoked. Alternatively, they also can be placed in a tea or hot beverage or also added to food. Some abusers also disguise the mushroom as candy by covering it with a glaze or chocolate. Once the mushrooms with Psilocybin are ingested, the body breaks down the hallucinogenic substance into Psilocyn.

Common Names for Psilocybin include:

  • Shrooms
  • Mushrooms
  • Boomers
  • God's flesh
  • Hippieflip
  • Little Smoke
  • Musk
  • Silly Putty
  • Simple Simon

Where Is Psilocybin Frequently Found?

Mushrooms with Psilocybin can be found on college campuses or raves and clubs. Up to 9.2% of high school seniors have used hallucinogens (not LCD). From that point, it is unclear how many of those mushrooms actually contained Psilocybin.

Abusers of this drug call the high "tripping." Using this illegal hallucinogenic substance can cause physical and psychological effects. The high is very similar to that one of LSD.

Within 20 minutes of ingestion, a user can experience:

  • Vomiting or Nausea
  • Increased Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of Coordination / Motor Skills
  • Muscle Weakness

When the drug is used continuously over a short period of time, a dependency may develop. In cases of extreme usage, the abuser may experience numbness in the body, sweating or shivering due to a severe drop in body temperature.

left quoteAbusers of this drug also can experienced fantasy thoughts (not being able to determine what is real or fake), delusions as well as hallucinations.right quote


If someone ingests a large amount of Psilocybin, they may also experience psychosis or panic reactions. The concept of time often is exaggerated during a high. Users mention an outer body experience as well as a color shift making things appear brighter than they really are.

Image of Psilocybin Mushrooms

Some describe this high as a spiritual experience and as an euphoric time. Also, there is a major risk of poisoning oneself when ingesting a poisonous mushroom that one thought was a Psilocybin one.

Ultimately, each abusers' trip can vary from the next. It all depends on their physical health, mood, the amount consumed and where it was used. A history of depression may negatively affect the high of an user.


Risks Of Using Psilocybin

Psilocybin is typically hard to become addicted to, yet it can become a habit to use it. Ultimately, any substance that creates a high for a user can become addictive.

Psilocybin Abuse Treatment Options

A drug rehab center is one of the most successful options available for those addicted to Psilocybin mushrooms. A professional drug addiction facility 800-807-0951 will customize a specific patient-driven recovery plan at the onset of treatment. Their professional staff will effectively guide someone down the road to recovery and a sober-free life.

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