What Are Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms are derived from several types of mushroom which grow wild in the UK. The main type used is Psilocybe Semilanceata commonly known as the Liberty Cap Mushroom. These mushrooms can only be picked at certain times of the year. To prepare Magic Mushrooms is quite easy as they can be eaten raw, cooked in food, dried for smoking or stewed to make tea. Nicknames for these mushrooms are Mushies, Shrooms, Sillies or Happies.

Effects And Risks Of Magic Mushrooms

Effects Of Using Magic Mushrooms:

  • Magic Mushrooms have a similar effect as LSD but a trip would usually be a lot milder and shorter
  • Users tend to laugh a lot.
  • Objects, sound and colours may become distorted.
  • Sense of time and movement may slow down or speed up.
  • Users will experience a different trip every time.
  • Difficulty in differentiating between one’s self and one’s surrounding.

Risks Of Taking Magic Mushrooms:

  • Magic Mushrooms often cause stomach pains, sickness and diarrhoea.
  • Selection of wrong type of mushroom could cause serious illness and even fatal poisoning.
  • Palpitations and blurred vision.
  • Increases in heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Can complicate problems such as anxiety, depression or schizophrenia.
  • Having a bad trip can be terrifying, users get confused and forget it’s the drug which is causing the effect.


These are the same effects as LSD that occur even after the user has not taken Magic Mushrooms for a period of time, where parts of previous trips are relived

Are Magic Mushrooms Addictive

Magic Mushrooms are not addictive like Opiates. Due to the availability of the mushrooms, some users may turn to other drugs to obtain their trips on a regular basis.