Can You Smoke Shrooms? No! Here’s Why

Can You Smoke Shrooms? No! Here’s Why

One of the more popular (and famous) psychedelics are magic mushrooms. People eat them, cook with them and lemon tek them. But can you smoke shrooms?

Shrooms contain a compound called psilocybin — which affects your brain and causes visual and auditory distortions, known as hallucinations. These can range from mild to strong. They can bring a variety of different sensations. They, mostly, bring on positive shifts in mood.

Due to shrooms’ potential to trigger euphoria, their effect on anxiety and depression has been the focus of ongoing research. Other mental health issues are slowly getting into the mix, with addiction, PTSD, and eating disorders high on the list.

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Can You Smoke Shrooms?

But there is something dangerous about smoking magic (or any) mushrooms. According to Twitter post by Matt Johnson, a professor and researcher focusing on psychedelics and behavioral health at Johns Hopkins University, “I want to warn that one should NEVER try smoking or vaping shrooms or any other fungus. Fungal lung infections can be fatal. No joke.”

So we recommend that no, you should not attempt to smoke or vape mushrooms of any kind.

And besides, it is not going to cause any effect.

In order for psilocybin and psilocin to take effect, shrooms must pass through the digestive system. It is how they get activated. So, while you can smoke shrooms, the compounds only get into the lungs. This cannot replicate the same process and trigger the serotonin receptors in the brain. That’s why smoking shrooms is generally uncommon.

Here Are Some Bad Things That Can Happen if You Smoke Shrooms

Potential Health EffectPotential Harmful Outcome
Inhalation of harmful compoundsBurning mushrooms could produce harmful chemicals that could irritate or damage the lungs.
Reduced potency or altered effectsThe heat might break down psilocybin, reducing or altering its effects.
Lung irritationAs with any non-standard smoking material, inhaling the smoke can irritate the lungs.
Respiratory issuesChronic or repeated smoking of any substance can lead to respiratory problems, including bronchitis.
Risk of fungal sporesFungal spores may be inhaled into the lungs, potentially causing a rare type of infection or lung disease.
Toxic byproductsDepending on the mushroom and how it was grown, there might be potential toxins released when burned.
Risk of misidentificationThere’s always a risk of misidentifying a magic mushroom. Smoking a toxic mushroom can be harmful or even deadly.

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Disclaimer: We do not endorse the illicit use of Schedule 1 psychedelic compounds in a non-therapeutic setting. We do, however, hope the regulations look at the research to understand how these drugs can used in powerfully positive ways.

Karla Tafra

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Karla is a freelance writer, yoga teacher and nutritionist who's been writing about nutrition, fitness, yoga, mindfulness, and overall health and wellness topics for over seven years. She's written for numerous publications such as Healthline, Livesavvy,, Well + Good, and many others, sharing her love of storytelling and educating. She loves talking about superfoods and another amazing plant powers that people can benefit from if they learn how to use it properly. Her passion lies in helping others not only eat healthier meals but implement good eating habits, find a great relationship with food & achieve a balanced lifestyle. She believes that the only diet and lifestyle that's worth creating is the one you can stick to, so she aims to find what that means for each and every individual. Teaching WHY we eat, and not only WHAT we eat, is the premise of her approach.

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