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Can you become addicted to psilocybin mushrooms?

Psilocybin mushrooms, also called magic mushrooms Canada, are hallucinogenic fungi containing the hallucinogenic substance psilocin. When the mushrooms are ingested, the psilocin is changed into psilocybin. Psilocybin can cause psychedelic effects, hallucinations, and otherwise mind-altering experiences, which can be experienced as extremely uplifting or extremely frightening.

People use magic mushrooms to have these experiences or to improve their alertness and productivity and increasingly to address a range of mental health problems.

Psilocybin tolerance

Psilocybin is not considered to be addictive. Except for microdosing, people don’t tend to use shrooms on a regular basis. One reason for that is the challenging nature of a mushroom trip. Whether good or bad, Mushroom trips can be mentally, emotionally and psychologically exhausting, so it’s not something you want to repeat on a daily basis.

Besides, people build up a tolerance to psilocybin, so you don’t get the same effect with the same dose with repeated use. After a few days, you’d need a higher dose to get the same effect. This is a problem, as it’s not known what the effects of the drug are at higher dosages. Also, tolerance to psilocybin has been found to translate to tolerance to other hallucinogenic drugs like LSD and peyote.

What happens when you stop using shrooms?

When you stop using shrooms, the tolerance will disappear after a few days and you will not have any physical withdrawal symptoms. However, you might have psychological withdrawal symptoms, such as feeling lost without your mushroom fix. Some people may also get confused and not be able to distinguish between reality and hallucinations. It usually only lasts for a short while.

What about mushroom addiction?

People are more likely to develop a psychological dependence on mushrooms than a physical addiction. Someone may want to keep on using mushrooms because they believe they need it to function optimally, or because they want to stay on the high they experienced while on their mushroom trip. What they crave to experience again is the euphoric state of a good trip.

However, there are several problems with this.

  • There is no guarantee of another good trip. Mushrooms are notoriously unpredictable; you can never know what kind of trip you’ll have and a bad trip can cause lasting psychological distress.
  • Continued use of magic mushrooms can lead to long-term psychosis. Just one strong dose can cause lasting personality change, according to research by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Continued use can cause individuals to become used to the altered state of mind and unable to function in the real world. They may attempt to maintain the altered state by continuing to use magic mushrooms Canada.
  • Flashbacks of hallucinogenic experiences may occur, which can be very disconcerting and disruptive.

Final thoughts

Magic mushrooms are not in themselves addictive. However, some people may become addicted to the elevated, euphoric mood and enhanced perception of reality they experienced during their trip and may try to relive it constantly, but that is ultimately not possible.

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