Psilocybin mushrooms uk

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Magic mushrooms are hallucinogenic fungi that grow wild in many parts of the world including the UK. The main type used recreationally is the liberty cap Psilocybe semilanceata but fly agaric Amanita muscaria is also sometimes used. Magic mushrooms except fly agaric are usually eaten raw but may be dried and stored for later use. They can be cooked into food or made into a tea or infusion and drunk.

A huge of hallucinogenic plants and fungi were used by ancient tribes and civilisations, usually as a means of entering the spiritual world. Liberty caps were seen as sacred intoxicants by the Aztecs of Mexico at the time of the Spanish invasion in the s. They do not seem to feature much in European history, although pagan witches used hallucinogenic plants from the potato family, especially Deadly Nightshade and Henbane.

Use of magic mushrooms for pleasure in the UK appears to have developed in the late s as, what was then, a legal alternative to LSD. Fly agaric use is still rare but use of liberty caps has become more common, especially amongst teenagers. Mushrooms containing psilocin or psilocybin have been brought under the Misuse of Drugs Act and are now deated as Class A drugs.

Maximum penalties are 7 years imprisonment and a fine for possession and life imprisonment and a fine for supply. In practice, maximum sentences are rarely used. For more information please see the sentencing on the Release website. Mushroom do not currently feature in the black market to any great extent. These prices are merely indicative and do not represent a recognised street price. The effects of liberty caps are similar to those from a mild dose of LSD and can vary depending on the mood, situation and expectation of the user.

Effects come on after about half an hour and last up to 9 hours depending on the s taken. Users often laugh a lot and feel more confident. Some people find that they feel sick and suffer from stomach aches. Higher doses result in a mild to moderate trip with visual and sound distortions. I giggle a lot and feel more relaxed. It changes the way you see and feel about things. A bad trip can be very frightening and may include feelings of anxiety and paranoia.

This is more likely with high doses and where the user already feels anxious. People who experience a bad trip can usually be calmed by others reassuring them. As with LSD, flashbacks can be experienced some time later. This is when people re-experience part of a trip. After a time, flashbacks invariably fade of their own accord. The greatest risk associated with using magic mushrooms is picking the wrong type of mushroom and being poisoned.

Eating some varieties, especially Amanita phalloides and Amanita virosa can be fatal. As with LSD, tolerance develops quickly so the next day it might take twice as many liberty caps to repeat the experience. Physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms do not result from regular use though some people may become psychologically dependent and feel a desire to use on a regular basis. At present there is no evidence of serious health damage from long term use. Fly agaric use is more likely to result in unpleasant effects, including nausea and vomiting, stiffness of ts and a lack of co-ordination.

Strong doses anything more than one fly agaric mushroom may result in intense disorientation, convulsions and in some cases death. Fly agaric has not been brought under the Misuse of Drugs Act. According to Home Office statistics published in , the use of magic mushrooms amongst year olds in England and Wales was 0. This is a slight reduction on years. What are Magic Mushrooms? Fly agaric.

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