Munchrooms: What to Eat Before, During and After Your Psilocybin Trip

Munchrooms: What to Eat Before, During and After Your Psilocybin Trip

Gearing up for an epic psilocybin trip is like getting ready for a grand vacation. You gotta pack the right clothes, tunes … and food. 

What you eat and drink before, during, and after your psychedelic adventure with magic mushrooms —including weeks before the big day — can turn a ‘meh’ trip into a ‘whoa’ journey.

What to Eat Days or Weeks Before Your Trip

Think of the days and weeks before your psilocybin trip as your body’s tune-up time. It’s kind of like cleaning house before the big event. Some cultures do a preperatory dieta–simple grains and veggies before taking psychedelics. Other traditions, it should be noted, don’t have any pre-trip dietary restrictions. Starting about two weeks out, I suggest eating real food: power-packed foods like fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains. Eat less meat. Drink more water. 

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Listening to the Body During a Psilocybin Trip

When I venture into psychedelic territories, I’m more sensitive to everything that enters my system—from stress to media to light. So I aim for mindful food consumption, to tune in to my own intuition, and the signals my body sends about what and when to eat. Here’s my TLDR, in one chart:

The Basics: Clean, Light, Healthy

When to EatDietary Emphasis
Weeks Leading Up to the JourneyWhole Foods, Hydration, Mindful Eating
During the JourneyFruits
Post-JourneyHydration, Fruits, Easily Digestible Proteins, Comforting Foods

Now, let’s dive in a little deeper. 

Munching Mid-Journey on Your Psilocybin Trip

One of the cool things about a psilocybin trip is the sensory boost it gives you. Eating can become this amazing exploration of flavors, textures, and smells.

If you’re not too deep in hyperspace or processing trauma from the womb, you might want to start nibbling a couple of hours in. By then, any nausea should have chilled out.

Fruits can be your best friends here. They’re easy on the stomach and offer a refreshing burst of natural sweetness and hydration. 

I’m a big fan of exotic fruits for these trips. There’s something about the bright colors, unique textures, and varied tastes that just vibes with the psychedelic experience. Biting into a ripe, juicy mango, or the refreshing snap of a pineapple, or the crunch of a pomegranate, or the soft, sweet creaminess of a perfectly ripe avocado, can be a sensory journey in itself.

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A Personal Story: Nitrous, Clementines, and the Sublime

The foods you eat during your journey don’t have to be exotic or strange. Everyday foods can feel magical. A memory etched deeply into my psyche involves a journey with a close friend in his barn. We ate mushrooms and sprinkled in the occasional whip of nitrous oxide. 

That day, on that combination of substances, we believed we had discovered the epitome of existence—a state of pure, unadulterated bliss, euphoria and unity with the universe, a preview of celestial joy. We were weeping and looking at each other in sheer disbelief, uttering “I can’t believe how incredible that was, I never knew this was possible.” 

As we unwound from our psilocybin trip with a joint, we staggered to the kitchen and discovered a trove of clementines. The moment we bit into the juicy flesh, we were nearly trembling in ecstasy. My friend, wiping away tears of laughter, mused “I think the clementines are better than the whippets!” 

Maybe you had to be there, but it made for an extraordinary moment of camaraderie. And it was a reminder that, on psychedelics, a simple, everyday food can make the world feel new again. 

We consumed an entire carton of clementines.

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After the Psilocybin Trip

Refueling afterward with nourishing foods and fluids helps you integrate the experience and step back into the daily dance of life with renewed energy. Go for nutrient-packed foods that are easy on your stomach.

Nutrition TypeExamples
HydrationWater, Herbal Tea, Coconut Water
FruitsBerries, Bananas, Oranges
Easily Digestible ProteinsChicken, Turkey, Tofu, Beans, Lentils, Tempeh
Comforting FoodsSoups, Stews, Porridges

The ‘Just Say No’ List

Before during, and after your trip, there are some food and drink you might want to skip:

Food TypePotential Impact
Heavy, Greasy FoodsDigestive discomfort
Processed FoodsBlood sugar spikes, mood swings
Excessive CaffeineOverstimulation, heightened anxiety
AlcoholDehydration, amplified negative emotions
Dairy ProductsPossible heightened lactose sensitivity

A Symphony of Taste

Think of your body as the stage for a symphony between psychedelics and the food you eat. When in harmony, the outcome is balance and wellness. 

To conduct this psychedelic symphony, listen to your body’s needs and desires. Your body’s the maestro. Listen to it and you’ll always stay in tune.

Graham Pilger

Graham Pilger

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Graham Pilger is a passionate expert in the field of psychedelic medicine, business, and research, with over 4 years of experience. His diverse background spans from collaborating with laboratories to develop plant-based medicines and psychedelic compounds, to participating in psychiatric research projects. In addition to his professional expertise, Graham is an avid home mycologist who has cultivated an extensive understanding of various mushroom-growing techniques. His hands-on experience ranges from beginner methods to advanced cultivation practices.

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Comments (2)

  • anne yarbrough
    June 11, 2023 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Did about 1-2 gs Psilocybin. Not sure how old it was or how it was stored.I experienced mild nausea and slight dizziness. Not sure what might have caused this. My husband did the same amount but had no symptoms. I can see it has the potential to be an outstanding experience , especially listening to music but would certainly would like to avoid the nausea. What is the best way to store it? Thanks for any advice.

  • Jon
    April 26, 2024 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Hi Anne, doing a lemon tek will greatly cut down on the nausea. People also talk about making a tea with it but I really enjoy the lemon tek. Just google it 😉

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