What are Mushrooms (Psilocybin)?
Mushrooms (Psilocybin) are commonly known as “magic” mushrooms due to their hallucinogenic properties. They are also known as shrooms and cap. They are found in Mexico and Central America where they have been grown and used in native rituals for thousands of years.
These mushrooms can easily be mistaken for ones that could be purchased in the supermarket as they simply look like dried mushrooms.
These magic mushrooms contain psilocybin which creates the hallucinogenic effects. The psilocybin is similar in structure to serotonin, working by disrupting normal functioning of the serotonin system, thus creating the desired hallucinogenic effects.
Schedule I Drug
Mushrooms are a Schedule I drug in the United States. They have no medical use and are strictly used for recreational purposes as well as in certain religious rituals. The cultivation, distribution and use of mushrooms are illegal throughout the United States. This substances holds a high risk of abuse and potential for dependency.
How Are Mushrooms Used?
Mushrooms are typically eaten raw or cooked into various foods. They can also be brewed into tea and then consumed. Once the mushrooms enter into the individuals system they will begin to feel nauseous before the desired effects take place. The psilocybin found within the mushrooms creates mild effects of altered feelings and distorted perceptions of touch, sight, sound and taste. The user may become nervousness and paranoia when high, causing them to fall into a bad trip.
Determining The Effects of Mushrooms
The overall effects of Mushrooms vary by the individual mushroom itself, as they all vary in potency. Other factors in the resulting effects of mushroom consumption are determined by the amount the individual ingests, as well as the user’s expectations, mood, surroundings, and current frame of mind.
While the user desires the mind altering effects and pleasurable sensations they are taking mushrooms for, they are at risk of loosing control, experiencing terrifying thoughts, and anxiety, they may fear insanity and even death.
The Signs and Symptoms of Mushroom Abuse
Mushrooms are typically used as a club drug; found in dance clubs, parties and raves. Individuals are brought to a differently level in their bodies, experiencing things they never could have imagined while sober. While users are looking for the desirable hallucinogenic effects some are hit with terrifying trips that can cause serious harm to them both mentally and physically.
A person using Mushrooms may begin to focus their time on the “club scene”. They will go on binges where they ingest mushrooms all night to maintain their high, staying out throughout the weekend and then crashing. They will be left at a low as their brain is depleted of serotonin, struggling to get back to a normal level. The next few days they will be in withdrawal and recovering from this days long binge, but only to start up a binge on the following weekend.
Signs of Mushroom Abuse
It is not uncommon for a person abusing Mushrooms to distance themselves from friends and family. They may begin to have difficulty at work or school. Their finances become a mess as they spend any money they have on getting high. They may even seem to loose themselves as the mushrooms wear on their psychological and physical health.
Mushroom Addiction Treatment
There are no physical withdrawal symptoms when quitting mushrooms. However the addict is overwhelmed by the psychological addiction they have developed. Cravings can cause them to turn back to mushrooms as an escape from reality. They are not only addicted to the drug itself but the lifestyle that goes along with it.
Behavioral Modification Therapy
Behavioral modification therapy is an important step in treatment for mushroom addiction. The patient will have to face their addiction head on, identifying the behaviors, routines and dysfunctional thoughts that go along with mushroom use. They will be encouraged to change those behaviors, routines and thoughts to ones that will promote sober living through the behavioral modification process. They will be taught key tools needed in maintaining their sobriety and guidance to making the changes needed in their overall lifestyle to one that is healthy and sober living.