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mushrooms in psychedelic light

Shrooms. You probably heard mention of them at some point in your life.

You may have learned about some people from your college or high school who have tried them. You may even have been peer pressured to join them. But before you let your curiosity get the best of you, our PA inpatient drug treatment center wants you to know about all of the shrooms’ effects.

What Are Shrooms?

Shrooms are a nickname for psilocybin mushrooms that have hallucinogenic qualities. They are also called magic mushrooms or psychedelic mushrooms. Shrooms often come in the form of capsules or a white powder and can be eaten, cooked, or even brewed into a tea. Because shrooms’ effects are so intense, people tend to take the drug sparingly. For those that do try to take shrooms on a more regular basis, the body becomes tolerant to the effects quickly. Although addiction to shrooms is not typically a problem, many people who take them are addicted to other drugs and may require a drug detox and treatment for those substances.

Side Effects of Shrooms to Be Aware Of

While some people think about trying the magic mushroom or want to experiment with this substance, there are some shrooms’ side effects to be aware of. Just like other drugs, the effects will vary depending on the individual and no drug is completely safe. Along with the amount taken and the strength of the shrooms, the effects are dependent on other qualities like the person’s weight, health, size, and experience with other drugs.

Typically, the first effects can begin within 10 minutes after the shrooms were taken depending on how and the amount that was ingested. The effects can last up to half a day and can vary greatly. Some people may find that they have a more euphoric experience while others may have a bad trip.

Some common shrooms’ effects include:

  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Visual and/or auditory hallucinations
  • Distorted perception of time
  • Dilated pupils
  • Faster heartbeat than normal
  • Increased body temperature
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dry mouth and a bad aftertaste that can last for hours
  • Sweating or chills
  • Anxiety or paranoia especially for those already struggling with poor mental health
  • Headaches

Along with this high, a person may also experience some long-term effects of shrooms if they take them on a more regular basis. The most common long-term effect is the presence of flashbacks reminiscent of previous hallucinations that can occur even when the person in no longer high. One study found that as many as 60% of regular hallucinogenic users had experienced these flashbacks.1 These flashbacks can even occur years after use.2 Shrooms also have some other dangers. These special mushrooms look a lot like some poisonous mushrooms and this has led to some deadly mix-ups. Problems that are more serious can also arise if shrooms are mixed with other drugs.

From psychedelic to prescription drug addiction treatment in Pennsylvania, we help people stop their drug or alcohol abuse and move forward with their lives. To learn more about Clearbrook Treatment Centers and to get help for yourself or a loved one with a substance abuse problem, call us today at 888-280-4763.



  1. Science Direct – Abnormal visual experiences in individuals with histories of hallucinogen use: A web-based questionnaire
  2. Vice – Some People Relive Psychedelic Trips Years Later





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