By Tyler Gasaway

What is Psilocybin

Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance obtained from certain types of mushrooms that are indigenous to tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Mexico, and the United States.

How the drug is taken?

Psilocybin is usually taken orally. It is found in dried or fresh mushrooms. Other than orally, it can be sometimes brewed into tea. A typical dose range is from 4 to 10 milligrams.

Slang/Street names for Psilocybin

Boomers, Little Smoke, Flower Flipping, Mexican, Mushrooms, God's Flesh, Musk, Hippieflip, Sacred Mushroom, Silly Putty, Hombrecitos, and Simple Simon.

How does it affect the body?

Psiliocybin affects the central nervous system by disturbing the normal interaction of nerve cells and the fuctioning of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Mushrooms can take 20 minutes to 2 hours to take effect, and will last for 3 to 6 hours.

Short term effects: Lightheadedness or dizziness, numbness of the toungue lips or mouth, shivering or sweating, nausea, and anxiety.

Long term effects: Extremely unpleasant hallucinations that eh fear of that experience remains with them for life. It can also cause schizophrenia, mania, or depression to those with a history of mental illness.

Signs of abuse

Signs that a person may be using psilocybin are dilated pupils, slurred speech, hallucinations, sleepiness, difficulty communicating, acting paranoid or confused, unusual change in mood or behaviour, having a distorted view of time or self, withdrawing from family and friends, and a decline in shcool or work performance.


Psilocybin is not an addictive drug. Although people who are already addicted to other drugs, frequently abuse. Tolerance to psilocybin builds up rapidly and deters regular use.
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