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Magic Mushrooms


What are magic mushrooms?

There are many varieties of magic mushrooms. The type most commonly found growing wild in the UK is the liberty cap, which contains the drug psilocybin. They grow in autumn, especially after heavy rain and are usually found in shaded areas of fields.

What are the effects?

As with all drugs the effects will depend upon the mood of the user and their environment. At low amounts magic mushrooms may produce feelings of relaxation, at higher levels the user may experience an intensification of colour, visual distortions and a sense of well-being.

It is difficult to estimate how long the effects of magic mushrooms will last as there is no way of estimating the amount of psilocybin in each mushroom.

One of the main problems with magic mushrooms is being able to identify the correct mushroom. There are a wide variety of wild mushrooms, some of which are poisonous. Even when people pick the ‘right’ mushroom they often experience nausea, vomiting and stomach pains, especially if eaten raw.

As with LSD people can have ‘bad trips’ and the experience can be unpleasant or frightening, or individuals may suffer panic attacks. If this does happen it is helpful if another person is present to offer the user reassurance and if necessary access medical attention.

When people first start using magic mushrooms they should start with smaller amounts and increase the amount they use slowly, in order to avoid too strong a trip and to reduce the chances of poisoning..

Legal Status

Magic mushrooms are a Class A drug.

  • The maximum penalty for possessing a Class A drug is seven years in prison and/or unlimited fine.
  • The maximum penalty for supplying a Class A drug is life imprisonment and/or unlimited fine.


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