A psychedelic compound found in Psilocybe mushrooms that can cause hallucinations, euphoria, mystical experiences, and a variety of other effects.
Cubes (short for Psilocybe cubensis
the Latin name of a common psychedelic mushroom species)
Your individual experience may vary based on your medical history, genetics, environment, habits, and other factors.
Euphoria, energy, giggling, sense of peace, feeling happy, relaxation, introspectiveness, anxiousness, paranoia, panic
Visual and auditory distortions, hallucinations, altered sense of time, dilated pupils, possible nausea (usually brief)
Typically 10-40 minutes; up to 90 minutes, especially if you’ve recently eaten a big meal
4-6 hours, or longer with a large dose.
A “bad trip,” which may include anxiety, stress, panic, and paranoia. There’s also a risk of eating poisonous mushrooms, mistaking them for psilocybin mushrooms. Be wary of picking mushrooms yourself unless you know what you’re doing.
Here are a few frequently asked questions about psilocybin
Psilocybin mushrooms (also called “magic mushrooms” or just “shrooms”) are a class of mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a potent psychedelic compound. Psilocybin mushrooms are a popular recreational drug and are also being studied for their therapeutic effects on depression, anxiety, addiction, and more.
A standard psilocybin microdose is about 0.35 to 0.70 grams of dried psilocybin mushroom, which is 10-20% of a full dose. A microdose should be low enough that you don’t feel any strong hallucinogenic effects and can go about your day normally.
Psilocybin is a psychedelic drug, also called a hallucinogen. It can cause visual and auditory distortions, hallucinations, a warped perception of time, euphoria, ego death (a loss of your sense of self, paired with a feeling of connection to the world around you), mystical experiences, anxiety, and paranoia.
Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, stays in your system for up to 10 days after you take it. Research shows that it’s detectable in urine for a minimum of 7 days. However, most standard drug tests don’t test for psilocybin or other psychedelics.
Further reading on psilocybin
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