One of the most powerful psychedelics found in nature, the psilocybin mushrooms are known to have inspired artists, writers, music composers, innovators and other creative people for generations. Latest scientific studies have held that they contain amazing medicinal properties and can be quite effective in treating a range of physiological and mental health symptoms. However, the shrooms have highly psychoactive powers that can produce hallucinations, altered state of mind, and a range of physiological effects.
Some may call it a spiritual experience. But the fact is that for the first-time user it can be kinda overwhelming. In order to ensure a safe and productive psychedelic experience, you need to prepare yourself for your first magic mushroom trip. Don’t worry, we are here to help you with that. What is the right set and setting? Is traveling with mushroom to a nice place a good idea? Do I need a trip sitter? This post will answer all your queries and help you to prepare your psychedelic journey the right way.
Know the effects of psychedelic mushrooms first
Before you use psilocybin mushrooms, you got to have a clear idea of what’s involved. A thorough understanding of the various physiological and mental effects produced by the shrooms will better prepare you for the trip. Possible psychological effects include:
• Intensified sensory experiences
• Visual or/and auditory hallucinations, seeing vivid colors and bright lights
• Altered sense of time, place and reality
• Deep introspection and spiritual awakening
• Quick mood swings
• Psychological regression or reliving previous experiences
• Mixed perceptions or synesthesia
• Impaired judgment
• Concentration issues
• Panic attacks
Psilocybin can produce several physiological effects like –
• Bodily relaxation
• Muscle weakness and twitches
• Lack of coordination
• Impaired motor functions
• Irregular respiration
• Increased heart rate
• Spiked blood pressure
• Changes in body temperature
• Dilated pupils
• Excessive sweating
• Unusual bodily sensations
• Frequent yawning
Now that you know what possible effects of psilocybin can have, we can move on to the matter at hand. How to prepare yourself for a positive and rewarding magic mushrooms trip?
Getting ready for a psychedelic mushrooms trip
Proper planning is quite necessary to avoid a ‘bad trip’ on psilocybin. After talking to numerous experienced shroom users and psychedelic experts, we present a set of useful tips which will help you to prepare for a safe and positive magic mushroom trip. Let’s dive in!
• Choosing the right set and setting
This is rule number one if you want to prevent a bad trip. ‘Set and setting refer to your internal and external landscape, respectively,’ says Sara Gael, a psychedelics expert and a Harm Reduction Advocate for the Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel. Shrooms amplify your emotions and perceptions. So, never take it when you are feeling low or in a strange or uncomfortable space. You should refrain from using psilocybin if you are not in a good headspace. You should avoid any unfamiliar space that feels even slightly intimidating. Also, you need to steer clear of all crowded, noisy and fast paced environments.
• Going outside for tripping
A nice calm outdoor environment is said to stimulate a productive shroom trip. A serene and peaceful setting like the woods, gardens, pastures or mountains can have really positive effect on your psychedelic experience. Travelling with mushroom can be rewarding if you follow certain rules. Choose an outdoor place for tripping only after you’re absolutely sure about its safety. Start packing a few days before travelling with mushroom. Put some snacks, enough water supply, some music and books in your backpack before you go out for a hike or a walk.
• Safe travelling with mushroom
While it is rewarding to trip outdoors, you need to be careful while traveling with mushroom. Never drive a vehicle while in the influence of psilocybin. If you are planning to go to a foreign country, make sure that it is legal to use magic mushrooms there. You don’t want to get into trouble with the local law agencies. Boarding a plane with your shroom supply is allowed in some countries, in others it is completely illegal. Check the rules and regulations before you plan a shroom retreat.
• Choose your company carefully
Trust us, you don’t want to be with strange people when you are tripping. That can ruin your experience. If you are doing it with your friends, keep the group small – two to four people at the most. To ensure a good trip, you need only positive and supportive individuals around you.
• It’s always better to have a trip sitter
If you want to ensure a perfectly safe first magic mushroom trip, get a trip sitter who can watch over you. It can be a trusted friend who will stay sober, silent, passive and vigilant for the whole time. They are not supposed to interfere with the psychedelic journey, only help you or provide you with the things you need. A trip sitter ensures a safer environment by giving you all the necessary support and taking care of many practical problems.
• Start with a low dose
Although lethal psilocybin overdosing is almost unheard of, a first-time user should start with a low dose. Experts suggest that a quarter gram of dried shrooms is good for a beginner. This will produce slightly altered perceptions and the colors will look much more radiant. You’ll feel positive sensations and an uplifted mood, but no serious psychoactive effects beyond that. More than half a gram, and you’ll have a transcendental and spiritual adventure. Take your dose of psilocybin on empty stomach and wait for 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat the dose or increase it only if you feel like it.
Follow these rules and things won’t go wrong on your first mushroom trip. Take a day off after your trip, let your mind and body to get some rest. This will help you to process all the epiphanic and spiritual experiences you have had on you first psychedelic journey with the mushrooms.