Mushrooms (also called shrooms or magic mushrooms) are one of the most well-known psychedelics available. They can be found growing naturally in the wild or cultivated, and contain a psychoactive compound called “psilocybin”.
When ingested, this compound is hallucinogenic. Mushrooms can vary in their strength based on the strain and amount taken. By activating serotonin receptors in the brain, psilocybin-containing mushrooms have a wide-range of effects that alter perception in a variety of ways. Often causing visual or auditory hallucinations, the dose of magic mushrooms controls the level to which these effects are experienced.
Microdosing of magic mushrooms has become a growing area of popular interest in recent years. This involves taking a small dose of psilocybin-containing mushrooms, less than the amount needed to perceive hallucinogenic effects. This is believed to enhance certain aspects of daily life, improving one’s creativity and mindfulness without any major changes to perception.