Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

How To Prepare For A Safe Psychedelic Trip


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Original article by Luke Sholl

February 21st, 2022


Your first psychedelic mushroom trip should leave you with the “wow” factor. It can and should be a life-changing, spiritually enhancing and grand adventure of self-exploration. Getting it right from the start will ensure an enlightening, euphoric, and wonderful experience.

A first shroom trip can be a grand, life-changing experience, and with a little knowledge and planning, a good trip. But it can also be scary, taking control of your world and your senses. Plunging you into a terrifying, horrific magic mushroom world. Giving the user what’s known as a “bad trip.”

As Dr. Timothy Leary likes to say, “set and setting” do have a lot to do with the psychedelic mushroom experience you end up with. But there are plenty of other factors that influence shroom trips as well, including the dosage, the species of the magic mushrooms, and simply the wills of your subconscious brain. Anyone new to magic mushrooms should gain some knowledge before tripping.

Hopefully, if you are considering your first psychedelic mushroom trip in the near future you are reading this article.

As the tripper gains more experience, they’ll learn to take psilocybin mushrooms in the right way, achieving a good, if not amazing shroom trip.



If you have heard of the effects of acid or LSD, a psilocybin shroom trip is roughly the same, with a different “edge” to it. Part of the known background on this is that both psilocybin and psilocin, two of the psychedelic compounds in shrooms, as well as acid are confirmed either partial or full agonists at different serotonin receptors (an agonist is a chemical that actives a receptor in the body; an antagonist is one that reverses its effects) throughout the brain and body.



Psilocybin and psilocin have similar chemical structures to serotonin chemical, A.K.A. 5-HT, too, although LSD’s 3D shape is quite different



There’s a myth floating around that magic mushrooms, as well as LSD, don’t cause “hallucinations.” They simply “distort” what you perceive with your senses. This is exactly what shrooms and acid do at average doses. But at much higher, A.K.A. “spiritual,” doses, intense hallucinations will come along with both magic mushroom trips and acid trips. Enveloping the world around the tripper as they lose themselves to the world of the psychedelics.

First, the colors of objects become vivid and saturated, gaining a “clearness” to them. Euphoria will take over, and soon giggling and laughter at literally nothing will ensue. Sounds will echo over and over, and then you might not be sure whether the sound had really existed at all in the first place. If you manage to eat, tastes are vibrant and exotic, and can even change flavors in your mouth as you eat.

Closing your eyes you’ll see intense geometric patterns, in full 3 dimensions, sliding, rotating, and morphing through different complex shapes. Open your eyes, and on the sides of walls, on floors and ceilings, on rocks and on furniture, you’ll see the patterns, in their full light, continuing to morph in their complexity.


Then the thoughts come…

Many describe it as a sense of “freedom”, as if the filter that divides your conscious and subconscious had been suddenly shut off. Trains of thought will flow freely and easily, without effort, taking their own paths, sometimes even splitting into two complete separate sequences of thought, occurring simultaneously until they re-emerge again. If the dose is right, full, life-like dreams will take over your mind’s eye, engulfing your senses and playing out whatever stories your subconscious brings to stage.

Even at this stage, which can be reached by someone with no magic mushroom tolerance by just a small to average dose, some shroom trippers already achieve a ”better perspective on their role in life,” as well as, in some cases, talks with divine beings or beings of intelligence from “different dimensions” or worlds.




First off and foremost, every person reacts different to different drugs, and that includes magic mushrooms. That’s why it’s important to start small; feel out the mushroom world, and judge for yourself how much you should take next time.

With that in mind, you will need to decide how intense you want your first trip to be.

Do you eventually want to dive into your subconscious brain, swimming around its various landscapes while connecting different meanings of life?

Or do you just want a nice, relaxing magic mushroom high with some colorful and visuals and interesting shapes?

The choice will ultimately be yours as the psychedelic mushroom tripper.




Before you even start thinking about the intensity of the trip, the dosages, you need to establish a safe, calm tripping environment, i.e. Timothy Leary’s “set and setting.” For most, this means not out on the streets or in a forest, but in a home where you can explore the trip, walking outside if your goal is to enjoy the beauty of nature.

“Set and setting” also includes your state of mind. Don’t start taking magic mushrooms the day before you have an exam or job interview. Don’t pick a “safe” house where someone you don’t want to know about your shroom using is likely to show up (or is already there). A mix of anxiety and annoyance before a trip can quickly turn into a terrifying, chaotic bad trip afterward. Be calm, enjoy the shroom experience with an open mind, and know that whatever comes, you’ll be okay.



A trip sitter is the way to ensure that, in reality, you’ll actually be okay. A trip sitter is a sober person that has the time and experience to take care of you and aid you through your magic mushroom experience. More often than not, any trippers who take psilocybin mushrooms more than once end up finding out that having a trip sitter is helpful. Whether it is simply to bring them a blanket when they are in need of one. Or saving the tripper from police trouble or worse, physical harm. So if you’re tripping on psilocybin shrooms, grab a trip sitter.



Once you have the “set and setting” figured out, you have a good time with a buffer specifically set aside for the shroom trip, and you’ve got a good trip sitter by your side, it’s time to start thinking doses.

The following doses are good guides, according to Erowid, for new to medium magic mushroom users. More experienced shroom trippers will have built up a good tolerance, and will probably want to adjust accordingly.

These doses are based on Psilocybe cubensis.


The Erowid Psilocybin Mushroom Vault says about a quarter of a gram of dried magic mushroom is a threshold dose. A threshold dose is a dose that will get a shroom user just barely noticing the effects. A threshold dose of psilocybin mushrooms sometimes brings a light feeling of cold along with a slight vividness to colors and light.

The dosage page goes on to say that a “light” dose of psilocybin mushrooms is around a quarter of a gram, the threshold dose, to around one gram of dried shroom.

Some peoples eyes can dilate at this point. Sensitive trippers might feel a bit of the classic mushroom nausea kick in at this stage. Slight visual “hallucinations” can start to show themselves at the edges of peripheral vision. Bright colors and intense lights can take on a “starry” look, according to the page. The distinct “mushroom aura” is noticeable.



A “medium” dose, Erowid says, is about a gram to two and a half. But remember, everyone’s mushroom experience will be different. Some people feel hardly more effects than they would from a light dose chewing down two and a half grams of shroom for the first time, while other people taking that amount have tripped hard, reaching a full on psilocybin experience complete with intense visuals and whirling thoughts. The best thing to do here is to start at around a gram and a half, or even a lighter dose if you’re had a history being sensitive to psychedelics.

At medium doses, physical effects will be fully evident, including the shroom nausea for sensitive trippers and beginners. Pupils are visibly dilated at this point, and blood pressure and heart rate can rise to a safe degree. Some users experience the “cooling” sensation felt at threshold dosages get stronger as the trip progresses. Full blown, open eyed visuals come on at this stage, and the dream like images of shroom trips will start to take form.

Most people say that, with a medium dose, their thought patterns are significantly different. It’s likely for “enlightened” thoughts and apparent realizations about the world to manifest. At the same time, emotions will be dynamic and exaggerated. Intense mood swings between euphoria and dysphoria that mirror the mood swings of LSD can occur.



Finally, the dosage page defined “strong doses” as anywhere between two and a half to five grams of dried mushroom. Five grams of shrooms is listed as a “heavy” dose. Beginners that want to experience a real, full mushroom trip often take up to around three and a half grams on their first dose. The trip can be a euphoric, eye opening experience.

As a trip intensities, a trip can get bad. New shroom users who aren’t used to dealing with bad trips can be in for a hard time. If a beginner is reaching this level of intensity, they probably overdosed. Overdoses don’t imply death or any lasting physical harm. However, the shroom trip can get jarring and probably not enjoyable. Pupils will be round and big, and nausea can wreak full havoc on a tripper’s stomach at this point. Even experienced magic mushroom users can have a hard time if they weren’t prepared for the severity of the effects.

Reaching levels of high doses can be extremely euphoric and life changing in a profound way. Psilocybin, in concentrated doses can even induce an experience known as “ego loss.” This is essentially the loss of the feeling of one’s “self.” The “sensation” of ego loss is sometimes described as a literal enjoinment with one’s environment. Becoming lost in the flow of the trip without any central desire, conflict, or control. Sometimes, it’s called being “one” with the universe.



Redosing magic mushrooms can be a tricky affair. A simple search online, and you’ll find many online forum discussions with polarising views on redosing. However, it’s worth noting that tolerance is built up pretty quickly when taking magic mushrooms. Meaning that any additional shrooms consumed may have little to no effect when stacked against the already present. This can relate more to the time in which they are taken.

Many state that timing your redose within the first couple of hours from your initial dosage can provide enhanced effects. There is only a potentially small window of opportunity as tolerance will build quickly. One pitfall users can potentially fall into is potentially overcompensating and consuming too much. Resulting in a trip that is way more intense and longer-lasting than first anticipated.



As discussed, a build-up of tolerance can heavily impact how effective a trip can be. With this in mind, how often you can trip also plays a part. There are many that choose to trip every few months or more as they simply don’t want to any sooner. The potential uplifting and euphoric nature of a magic mushrooms trip can be responsible for long-lasting mood improvement. This means that for many, they might not consider using magic mushrooms again until this feeling has worn off.

Those looking for more regular doses can look to do so fairly regularly. It’s certainly worth waiting for at least 1-2 weeks in between trips. This will give a person’s tolerance enough time to reset to base level. Tolerance sky-rockets after just one trip. It depends on the preference of the user and what they’re looking to get out of their magic mushroom usage. For example, many users will even look to microdose magic mushrooms as a means to keep their tolerance baseline elevated.






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