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Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

Classification: Psychedelic hallucinogen

Common Names/Nicknames: Mushrooms, shrooms, magic mushrooms, purple passion, little smoke

Active Compound: Psilocybe

Found in: Psilocybe mushrooms, Panaeolus mushrooms, Conocybe mushrooms, synthetic psilocybin.

Mode of Consumption: Ingestion.

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule I, illegal in all states


Hallucinations, euphoria, slowed passage of time, anesthesia, synesthesia, pupil dilation, weakness, tremors, nausea, anxiety, paranoia, panic



Acute: “Bad trip,” tolerance, accidental injury, psychosis, amnesia, homicidal and suicidal attempts, convulsions

Chronic: Posthallucinogen perceptual disorder (PHPD, aka “flashbacks”). Some evidence for triggering longer-term psychosis

Dangerous Drug Combinations:

Possibly dangerous combination with antidepressants and other drugs that affect serotonin levels.

Special Considerations:

Psilocybin has relatively low risk of harm and is seen as non-addictive.

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