How Long Does It Take For Shrooms To Kick In?

How Long Does It Take For Shrooms To Kick In?

Everyone interested in trying out magic mushrooms has some important questions up their sleeve. One of the most important often centers around how long it takes for shrooms to kick in.

Magic mushrooms, ‘shrooms, or psilocybin, is a potent psychedelic drug that people have been using for thousands of years for spiritual purposes. Ancient cultures have used these hallucinogenic mushrooms to “open up” to powerful, protective forces within their psyches.

In the 1950s, a Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, known as the father of LSD, started dabbling with psilocybin. Hofmann began isolating the chemical from over 180 different species of mushrooms. He then began microdosing them to see their impact on mental treatment — which he was already doing with LSD.

Unfortunately, all work on psychedelics was banned in the 1970s. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that magic mushrooms started gaining popularity once again. They have an incredible effect on anxiety and depression, as well as PTSD.

While their legal status has always been murky, many U.S. states have begun decriminalizing them for medical purposes. On the federal level, though, psilocybin is still a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that it “has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

Microdosing With Magic Mushrooms

Taking psilocybin obviously comes with risks. Still, microdosing magic mushrooms in a small amount is gaining popularity. Still, it’s important to stay safe when finding a clinic or a retreat for your psychedelic experience. As without any drug, it’s important to receive a controlled, supervised, and properly administered shrooms dosage.

Microdosing refers to taking very small quantities of psychedelic substances — which are not enough to get you high. However, it’s just enough to bring on positive side effects. Measuring a microdose is typically 1/10 of a regular psychedelic “trip” dose. Although these are hallucinogens, microdoses don’t often induce many, if any.

Those microdosing magic mushrooms regularly report positive side effects. These include lower stress levels, improvement in mental clarity, a feeling of sharpening the senses, and becoming more conscious. Some even claim they saw themselves from a bird’s eye perspective, getting a different insight into their own actions.

Due to psilocybin’s ability to stimulate serotonin receptors, many seek their antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects. Furthermore, the claims from Silicon Valley sparks interest amongst a younger generation dealing with anxiety, stress or depression.

A study from the Netherlands shows how psilocybin may improve two forms of thinking that underlie creativity: Convergent and divergent. Convergent thinking is the ability to focus on disparate pieces of information, bringing them together to identify a single solution to a problem. On the contrary, divergent thinking requires mental flexibility that leads in various directions. Both remain ingredients of creativity.

Binding to serotonin receptors in the brain not only helps alleviate stress, but also sharpens focus. Consequentially, this increases and improves productivity.

So, How Long Does It Take For Shrooms To Kick in?

Everyone taking magic mushrooms often wonders how long it takes for shrooms to kick in. What will someone “feel” after taking the psychedelic? The answer isn’t the same for everyone as many different factors can play a role. Before ingesting shrooms, there are a few things to keep in mind: Know your set (mindset) and the setting.

When trying a new psychedelic drug, it’s important to set your intention. This helps alleviate fears or anxiety about taking them.

  • Educate yourself on all things psilocybin. This includes learning about the whole procedure, including any potential side effects or risks.
  • Talk to a friend, family member, loved one, or a professional about your intentions on trying magic mushrooms.
  • Once your mindset is set and you’re ready to go through the experience, work on the setting.

Psychedelic effects have always had a connection to the social and cultural context in which they’ve been taken. This relates to the rituals and shamanic experiences in the setting. It’s why many of these rituals can take days to prepare, even today. Preparation is key, even without the shaman to guide you.

How To Choose A Safe Setting For A Psilocybin Experience

Find a suitable space to have your psilocybin experience, one that will make you feel comfortable and safe. Think about the lighting, music, essential oils, and even furniture.

If choosing to have someone to assist you, let them know about your intentions from the experience. Also make sure they stay by your side throughout the entire process.

Generally, when eaten whole, it takes around 30 minutes for shrooms to kick in. When consuming as a tea, effects can come sooner — about 10 minutes. The trip usually lasts for about 4-6 hours. However, this depends on a few factors.

  • The species of mushrooms
  • The form (dried or fresh)
  • Your age
  • Your physical fitness
  • Any other substances in your body
  • Your mental state
  • The dosage

If microdosing, the side effects should be quite minimal and causing no real hallucinations. If, on the other hand, taking the full dose, one could expect visual and auditory distortions, changes in personality and mood, nausea, and more.

Most commonly, psilocybin leaves your system around 24 hours after ingestion, and there’s no real way to speed it up. Still, most routine drug tests can’t detect ‘shrooms. So unless they’re specifically being looked for in your system, it’s difficult to know exactly how long they’ll stay for.

Long-lasting consequences are still a concern. However, some studies indicate long-term positive changes in personality, well-being, and spirituality. Knowing how long it takes for shrooms to kick in allows you to make the right decision for you.

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Karla Ilicic

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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, Psychology.com, 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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