Among all mushroom varieties, the Magic mushroom has acquired a notoriety that is partly tragic and counter cultural as well. In the ’60s, this mushroom variety was widely used by baby boomers to get high in the same breath as LSD and acid. Nevertheless, Magic mushrooms are rightly renowned as highly poisonous. Read on for more on the myths and misconceptions that have developed around psilocybin.
Magic Mushroom Effects
Magic mushrooms contain a psychoactive compound called psilocybin. After ingestion, this indole alkaloid induces euphoria, a heightened sense of creativity, ability to access profound wisdom, and boundless energy. In addition, it causes one to experience a completely different world that consists of colorful and vivid geometric scenes and patterns.
In spite of this, these effects have been portrayed inaccurately in films such as Shrooms and Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny. In general, movie directors tend to portray characters who consume mushrooms that contain psilocybin as young teens or adults who indulge in binge drinking, sex orgies, and any activity categorized as societal rebellion. In comparison, mainstream media outlets paint a completely different and positive picture when discussing psilocybin’s psychedelic effects. For instance, they trumpet its medical properties and efficiency in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, alcohol and opiate addiction, as well as cluster headaches.
Another common myth revolves around life-threatening and terrifying experiences after ingesting psilocybin. A good example is a character in Shrooms who suffers a seizure after taking a psychoactive mushroom.This is twisting reality to fit a certain entertainment narrative because psilocybin does not cause seizures in adults, maybe children.
Yet another misconception is psilocybin immerses one in nothing more than a comedic stupor. Once again, this is a distorted portrayal of psilocybin’s effects in pursuit of entertainment value and impact. In reality, psilocybin ingestion can increase emotional awareness, self-knowledge and awareness, as well as mystical religious experiences. Nevertheless, it is not advisable to consume Magic mushrooms while alone. You should do so with minders around.
The Magic mushroom has gained notoriety around many parts of the developed world thanks to its ability to induce intense and mystical psychedelic experiences. As a result, numerous myths and misconceptions have developed over the years associating this mushroom with rebellious countercultures, seizures, and comedic experiences.