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    Dr.Paddo - Thursday 16 August 2021

    How magic mushrooms affect the brain

    Magic mushrooms come in many different shapes and sizes. Because magic mushrooms come in different shapes and sizes, the trip you get from each mushroom is also different. However, you can also look at it scientifically. It can also be fun to know how magic mushrooms affect the brain.

    The active substances in magic mushrooms and truffles

    Because there are different magic mushrooms, there are also different active substances in the magic mushrooms and truffles. However, it is the substances psilocybin and psilocin that make it magical. Psilocin is actually the central substance that magic mushrooms work on. In the body, psilocybin is converted to psilocin. Psilocin is a substance similar to our own body's neurotransmitter. However, these hook into serotonin receptors, causing the brain to work in a different way.

    Because psilocin hooks into the serotonin receptors in the brain, the activity of the DMN or Default Mode Network is reduced. The DMN is the part of the brain that controls how you perceive things. According to scientists, this could also ensure that you can see or feel music after consuming shrooms.

    Without the DMN keeping an overview of everything, the brain regions can communicate with each other more freely. This means that you can see and feel music. The areas of the brain for vision, emotions and hearing are normally kept strictly separate. The separation is canceled by psilocin. Because the separation by psilocin is no longer present for a while, you start to see things from a different perspective. Sometimes this can also lead to creative hunches.

    The dosage

    Every mushroom is different. This means that the dosage also differs per mushroom. The amount of psilocin is also different in each mushroom. The amount of active ingredient can also sometimes differ from the same type of mushroom. The effect of the magic mushroom mainly depends on the set and the setting.

    To have a better distribution of the active substance, magic mushrooms sometimes ground. This ensures that the active substance in the mushrooms is better distributed over the amount you take. The effect is also noticeable faster.

    The dosage of each strain is slightly different. This is often due to the strength of the mushrooms. For example, a Mexican mushroom is less strong than a Hawaiian mushroom. A dried mushroom is also ten times stronger than a fresh mushroom.

    Mexican mushrooms  are ingested the most. When taking dried Mexican mushrooms, it is often recommended to start with one to two grams. It is better to start with too low a dose than too high a dose.

    Effects of magic mushrooms

    Mushrooms mainly contain positive effects, there are also negative effects, but these are rarely experienced by starting your trip well prepared. Positive effects can include effects such as enhanced feelings, laughter and a relaxed, energetic feeling. Negative effects can be things like restlessness, nausea, headache or thirst.

    The effect you get with a mushroom depends on the mushroom, your mindset and the setting. The mindset is you. This is your physical and mental state the moment you take a mushroom. The setting is the environment in which you use a magic mushroom. The people you take the mushroom with also have an effect on this. You should therefore take this into account.

    How long does the trip take?

    Once you have consumed mushrooms, you often have to wait 15 minutes to an hour before the trip starts. How long you have to wait before the trip starts depends on when you last ate. We always advise not to eat at least 3 hours before taking the dose. After an hour of the first effects you feel from the trip, you reach the climax. The climax often lasts two to three hours. After this, the effect of the magic mushrooms decreases slowly but surely. The total duration of the trip is four to seven hours.

    Hallucinations

    Most people usually think that a trip will make you hallucinate. However, this is not always the case. The hallucinations you get when ingesting magic mushrooms is the size of certain objects. This can also be the different experience of the environment where you are. The perception of time often changes. This means that a quarter of an hour suddenly feels like an hour or that an hour feels like a quarter of an hour. However, this is more intense than what you have asyou're doing something fun.

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