What are Magic Mushrooms?
A Psilocybin Mushroom/ Magic Mushroom/ Shrooms are one of the polyphyletic group of fungis that can contain any of the various psychedelic compounds, including psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. The scientific name of ‘magic mushroom’ is psilocybin mushroom. It has been banned in many countries across the world including India but many tourists around the globe have been visiting Kodaikanal to get a taste of the euphoria this mushroom provides.
Fungi have flourished on earth for quite a while, possibly more than 2-3 billion years and humans have always been fascinated by this specific magic fungi; famed for their psychedelic (inducing hallucinations) effects on people who ingest them. Psychedelic fungi are of two major categories and these are defined by the distinct mix of mind-altering ingredients that make these shrooms “magic”. The largest and the most common group of hallucinogens is called psilocybin and psilocin which feature more than 180 species around the world. These magic mushrooms slow your brain activity by binding receptors of neurotransmitter – serotonin. Psilocybin in magic mushrooms may give someone a ‘mind-melting’ experience but it does just the opposite to the brain by actually boosting the brain’s connectivity but in a controlled manner which helps you trip on these mushrooms.
This article is not meant to advocate casual use of magic mushrooms which are potentially dangerous and widely illegal.
Human Brain on Psilocybin mushrooms
It may change people for good!
Psychologists suggest that only a few things can truly alter your personality in adulthood and magic mushrooms could be one of them. A Study from 2001 found that after a single dose of psilocybin; people have become calm, open-minded and were able to understand their themselves like never before. This in turn helps in changing outlook of life. People become more creative and more appreciative of art and value novelty and emotions.
Psilocybin can temporarily ‘dissolve’ your ego.
When you are on shrooms people feel a moment of expanded awareness, a feeling in which mind is directly and more openly in touch with the world. People report losing the sense for a while on shrooms which results in dissolving ones ego which obviously is short-lived but may result in some long-lasting psychedelics effects. The profound sense of connection to the world and self-has a prospecitve to be a life-changing experience for some.
Humans and Magic Mushrooms Go Way Back
No one knows when we humans discovered these magic mushrooms and how; but there are evidences which suggest that they were used in religious and cultural rituals from thousands of years ago. Some archaeological evidence suggests that humans have been using hallucinogenic mushrooms for 7,000 years or more. A Fringe Theory suggests “stoned ape hypothesis,” which says these magic mushrooms sparked the boom in human brain size and culture of early humans. Psilocybin mushrooms ability to alter consciousness and brains itself is breathtaking.
How to Prepare for your Magic Mushroom Trip?
The most important aspect are the 2S – Mindset & Setting.
– Mindset: You should start with a positive mindset and a happy mood.
– Setting : You should feel safe in the place you are staying and be with the people you trust.
If anyone of these things is absent, it may lead to a bad trip and you wouldn’t want to go on a bad trip trust me. Remember NOT to consume alcohol or food prior to consuming shrooms. Also, avoid weed/hash if it is your first time. Take a Bluetooth speaker and listen to calming music. Take mushrooms in daylight as nature is the trippiest thing you will ever see. If you start having a bad trip just relax take deep breaths and kill all the negative thoughts. It sounds difficult but it can be done and stay away from phone calls.
Magic Mushrooms & India
If you want to go on a mushroom psychedelic trip, Kodaikanal is the place to visit. When Britishers came to India they brought american Bison’s which were fed the Psilocybin mushrooms. Its dung contains psychedelic elements which are used to grow magic mushrooms. Locals from Kodaikanal say that traditionally it has been used by tribal people for medicinal purposes but now in last decade or so, it is being increasingly used for recreational purposes. There are a variety of mushrooms that grow in the wild in Kodaikanal, some of them poisonous and some of them not. If you are scoring these magic mushrooms then you have to be careful.
How Magic Mushrooms gave us Santa Clause?
The story of Santa Claus is pretty old and spiritual. They were Siberian shamans who distributed this magical possessions centuries ago. They ingested the fungi “to commune with the spirit world,” and also gave out shrooms as gifts in late December often entering homes via the roof due to deep snow. Santa’s distinctive style has drawn comparisons to these 17th-century Siberian shamans because the snow would usually be blocking the doors, there was an opening in the roof through which people entered and exited, thus the chimney story. Those shamans also had a tradition of dressing up like a muscaria, wearing red suits with white spots. isn’t the theory fascinating?
Magic Mushroom Can help You Fight Depression
Psilocybin mushrooms or Magic Mushrooms are said to have minimal harmful effects on human body and brain. It could potentially benefit those fighting with depression in day-to-day life. But they still remain illegal across the world and there is a big risk factor of eating the wrong especially poisonous one. Check-out this Ted-Talk by clinical psychologist Dr. Rosalind Watts from Imperial College who describes how Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin) when used in a therapeutic setting, have been found to be a very effective treatment for depression.
In fact, mushrooms do less harm than any recreational drug out there. Check out below –
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