Psilocybin mushrooms are a psychedelic fungi.
As a prodrug, psilocybin is quickly converted by the body to psilocin, which has mind-altering effects similar, in some aspects, to those of LSD, mescaline, and DMT. In general, the effects include euphoria, visual and mental hallucinations, changes in perception, a distorted sense of time, spiritual experiences, and can include possible adverse reactions such as nausea and panic attacks.
Recent studies show the efficacy of the use of this plant for depression and anxiety. Tim Ferriss, Michael Pollan, and others are funding private studies: https://tim.blog/tag/psilocybin/
The pharmacological action suggests that psilocin
has an affinity for 5-HP receptors and relates to serotonin, which is vital for many functions and impacts mood and motivation. Curiously the serotonin and the psilocin molecules are similar in structure and
indirectly increases the concentration of the neurotransmitter dopamine (hormone & neuro-transmitter, it plays a part in pathways related to reward-motivated behaviour) in the basal ganglia (base of the forebrain).
A psychonaut is someone who uses psychedelics as a means to explore life and consciousness.
The word stems from the Ancient Greek psychē "soul, spirit, mind" and ναύτης naútēs "sailor, navigator" (– "a sailor of the soul") refers both to a methodology for describing and explaining the subjective effects of altered states of consciousness, especially an important subgroup called holotropic states, including those induced by meditation or mind-altering substances, and to a research cabal in which the researcher voluntarily immerses themselves into an altered mental state in order to explore the accompanying experiences.
Terence McKenna, Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Ram Das are a few examples of famous psychonauts.
When psychonauting with magical fungi's there are 3 important factors to consider:
Attitude - this refers to your state of mind. Most psychedelic drugs will enhance the sub and unconscious minds, therefore one should be prepared accordingly. My personal experience dictates that when done in a solo manner, it is an insight journey and lesson learning on the trot. However, when done in a more social manner, it becomes a fun, interactive experience. It is also safer when done in company, especially to start.
Setting - this refers to the 'venue'. This is a plant that tends to have best effect when experienced in natural environment, where one can in-joy the tangible and intangible aspects of life and nature.
Dose - the initial dose sets the intensity of the experience, any 'top-up' doses tend to extend the experience not intensify it. Here is a basic guideline for dosing, please always proceed with caution as the potency of the plant can never be exactly determined:
* Micro-Dosing 0.3mg very 4 days over a 10 week period.
* A good-time dose would be between 1-3gm, no less than a minimum of 4 days apart.
* A therapeutic dose would be around 5mg+, preferably done in a supervised environment for safety and support.
It is best to take these mushrooms on an empty stomach, and there is further info on interweb for enhancing efficacy of absorption and promoting intensity of experience. This is your work, if you interested.
Refrain from alcohol, but if you must, then tequila, seems to be a good partner.
Make sure you are prepared, comfortable clothing that is suitable for climate, food for when the trip is wearing off, enough water to stay hydrated, etc.
A much-room experience takes anywhere from 20-60mins to take effect. In powdered form it will not need much digestion and thus acts faster. There are also other factors to consider such as body weight, gut integrity, state of general health, sensitivity towards chemicals, stress and anxiety levels and so on.
Initially, one can expect to feel some sort of 'flush'. The intensity differs. I have also experienced swings between hot flushes and cold chills.
Then the veil starts to lift and that's where your experience becomes mostly personal - how you experience colours, objects, sounds, tactile sensitivity, smells, tastes,...and perhaps that super magical feeling of being connected to everything and an opportunity to meet oneself in another dimension...each time a different part of the matrix of life and self.