The facts on magic mushrooms

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Other names for magic mushrooms

Caps, buttons, liberties, magics, mushies, liberty cap, shrooms, Amani, agaric.

What magic mushrooms look like and how they are taken

Magic mushrooms are wild mushrooms - but a very specific type. There are two main types that are usually taken - the psilocybe and amanita muscaria species.

Psilocybin mushrooms are small, tan-coloured and bruise blue when touched. Amanita muscaria mushrooms are red with white spots. Magic mushrooms are eaten raw, dried, cooked in food or stewed in tea.

The effects of magic mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are a hallucinogen and provide a similar effect to LSD, but the trip tends to be shorter and milder. The effects take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to kick in and then can last for between 4 and 16 hours, with effects typically starting to lessen after 10 hours.

A person will see distorted sound, colour and objects and will have confused senses. They may experience a sense of 'euphoria' or 'relaxation' but also, a trip can be quite terrifying and they may be frightened by the strange sensations they are feeling.

The health risks of magic mushrooms

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • If the person is experiencing a 'bad trip', there is no way to escape the effects other than waiting for them to wear off.
  • They may experience flashbacks long after the trip is over
  • There are many types of poisonous mushrooms which can be deadly. It can be hard to differentiate between these and others, and mix-ups could be fatal.
  • Magic mushrooms can worsen any exisiting mental health problems.

Legal status of magic mushrooms

Since 2005, both dried and prepared mushrooms (eg. dried or stewed) are classed as a Class A drug. Possesion can get a someone 7 years in prison and an unlimited fine - supply could result in a lifetime behind bars.

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