If you are tripping for the first time, you may still be a little nervous. Tripping can be fun, but you’ve probably also heard of a bad trip or a trip that is very intense. It may help to know a little more in advance about what to expect from your first magic mushroom trip. In this blog, we will discuss the possible effects of magic mushrooms and what is important to keep an eye on.
What is a magic mushroom trip anyway?
If you’re interested in magic mushrooms, you’ve probably heard or read stories about what tripping actually is. But others have probably told you wild stories, and you can also find the most extreme experiences on the Internet. Tripping is actually a kind of psychedelic journey induced by a mind-altering substance. These can be magic mushrooms, but also truffles, mescaline cacti or LSA or LSD.
By mind-altering, we mean that the drug will alter your consciousness. You see, hear and experience the world differently because of this. This can cause changes in your emotions as well as hallucinations (both auditory and visual). People go tripping for different reasons. This can be recreational (for fun), to discover and develop yourself, but it can also have positive effects on your health. Thus, the use of psychedelics can potentially alleviate certain symptoms, such as PTSD, depression or anxiety. Whatever your goal, after taking magic mushrooms (or any other mind-altering substance), you will notice the effects of these psychedelics.
What to expect from your first magic mushroom trip: effects
Mushrooms contain the psychoactive substance psilocybin. When you take them, they will take effect within 20 to 60 minutes. But what effects can you expect during your first magic mushroom trip? It depends on several things: how much you take (the dose), the strength of the mushroom, how your body reacts to the mind-altering substances and whether you ate anything beforehand. Common responses include:
- Change in your senses: brighter colors, seeing patterns on surfaces, sounds are more intense.
- Your thoughts change: you think faster or slower and out-of-the-box thinking. But even delusional thinking is possible.
- Feelings of harmony, unity, connection with others and the universe.
- Feelings of euphoria, giggles, fits of laughter. Or, on the contrary, you feel philosophical, exploring your own psyche and the world around you.
- Hallucinations, seeing and hearing bright images and sounds, encounters with strange creatures.
- Losing your own identity, stepping out of your body
These are some examples of effects that tripping with magic mushrooms can have on you. What to expect from your first magic mushroom trip is impossible to predict because everyone is different. Much is also determined by your own mood at the time of tripping. Are you gloomy, sad or feeling stressed? That may affect how your trip will go. So before you go tripping, it’s helpful to take a moment to think about how you feel. This is part of good preparation. Below you can read more about what to watch out for when tripping with magic mushrooms.
Tips For An Optimal Mushroom Trip
Tripping with magic mushrooms is relatively safe. You cannot overdose (although the effects can be very unpleasant when overdosed) and magic mushrooms are not addictive. Still, it is helpful to prepare your trip to minimize the chance of a bad trip. Below we list 5 tips for an optimal magic mushroom trip.
1. Pay attention to the dosage
If this is your first magic mushroom trip, start with a low dose. After all, you have no idea yet how you’re going to react, so don’t start with a medium or high dose right away. Be careful this first time and see the effect of a low dose first. You can take a little more next time.
To begin with, 1 gram of dried mushrooms or 9 grams of fresh mushrooms is an excellent dose. If you notice that this goes well, then you can increase your dose a little next time.
2. Trip only in a good set and setting
As you could read earlier, your emotions affect your trip. If you’re not feeling well, don’t use a psychedelic. In fact, this can make for a nasty trip experience. Also provide a safe and comfortable environment where you are with good friends. That too can make for a fine trip.
3. Don’t trip alone
Especially if you are using magic mushrooms for the first time, it is wise not to do it alone. Arrange for a trip sitter, someone to stay sober and keep an eye on you.
4. Remember that magic mushrooms are safe
Sometimes a trip can seem endless, and especially if you have a bad trip, it can seem like you are dying. It is good to realize then that magic mushrooms are safe and that the trip will eventually pass. Above all, stay calm and take a trip stopper if necessary.
5. Consider the length of a trip
Before you begin your magic mushroom trip, it is a good idea to consider how long your psychoactive trip may last. The effects usually come on within 20 minutes to an hour. Your trip can last an average of 4 to 6 hours, depending on your dose and the type of mushroom you used. So don’t schedule something in your calendar the same afternoon or evening. Take your time for this special experience so you can enjoy it to the fullest.