There is a lot of misinformation on magic mushrooms, their potential benefits, and side effects. Magic mushrooms, also called psilocybin mushrooms, are types of mushrooms with psychoactive compounds. Psilocybin is the primary and most abundant psychoactive compound hence the name. In this article, we explore ten exciting facts about magic mushrooms.
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1. Magic Mushrooms Kill Fear
A fun side effect of magic mushrooms is the ability to kill fear. A study in mice, conducted in 2013, found out that when the animals were dosed with psilocybin, they became less afraid of sounds they used to associate with pain. Researchers believe the ability to kill fear will pave the way for more studies on how psilocybin may be used to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.
2. There are More than 200 Mushroom Species
When psilocybin mushrooms are mentioned, most individuals think that there is only a single type. Psilocybin is just a psychoactive chemical, and it has turned out that there are more than 200 mushroom species with psychoactive chemicals. Each species contains its flavor and offers a unique psychedelic experience depending on the chemical composition.
3. Magic Mushrooms are Legal in Several Countries
Although magic mushrooms are illegal in some countries, there are others where it is legal to consume, grow, and even purchase magic mushrooms. For example, in the Netherlands, you can purchase magic truffles, which are young magic mushrooms. Other countries like Jamaica and the Czech Republic allow the cultivation of magic mushrooms.
4. Shrooms Hyper-connect the Brain
Most compounds in psilocybin mushrooms can give users mind-blowing feelings, but this is usually the opposite. According to a 2014 study, psilocybin was found with the potential to boost the brain’s connectivity. It was also noted that the drug influences synchronization of activities in many areas of the brain.
5. Shrooms Make Their Wind
Magic mushrooms are not just there to get people high but they also have a life. Like other fungi, shrooms typically reproduce via spores. Unfortunately, mushrooms live under forested areas where wind cannot blow, and they have to spread their spores. To solve that problem, most mushrooms create their wind by increasing the rate of water evaporation from their surface.
6. Magic Mushrooms Have a Long History
Psychoactive mushrooms have existed for a long time now, although Western civilization recently discovered their power. For decades, magic mushrooms have been used in Central America for spiritual and religious ceremonies. The rock paintings at Tassili n’Ajjer in Algeria also depict the ceremonial and ritual use of mushrooms during the Mesolithic period.
7. You Can Grow Magic Mushrooms at Home
Magic mushrooms are easy to grow at home because they don’t require a big space. Although they are technically illegal in most countries, mushroom cultivation is easy and discreet to grow in your compound. You don’t have to struggle with dubious individuals for you to access magic mushrooms.
8. Mushrooms May Change People for Good
Psychologists claim that some things can alter personality in adulthood, and magic mushrooms may be among those things. A 2011 study indicates that a single dose of psilocybin can enhance an individual’s openness to new experiences for more than a year. The reason behind these changes is associated with psilocybin’s effects on emotions.
9. Researchers are Still Experimenting with Shrooms
Magic mushrooms have health potential benefits, but pieces of research are still underway. Some researchers have begun to experiment with the potential of psilocybin to help deal with anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders. Because psilocybin is still a Schedule I drug, this line of research has been dormant for decades. But there is more to come on the potential benefits of magic mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms continue to gain further mainstream acceptance as researchers dive deeper into the long-term medicinal benefits of psilocybin.