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Magic mushrooms (psilocybin)

Psilocybin is a hallucinogen and the principal psychoactive, or “mind-altering,” component of a certain species of mushrooms known as “magic mushrooms.” “Magic mushrooms” may be sold on the street as dried whole mushrooms, or as a brown powdered material. Psilocybin can also be made in illegal labs and sold on the street as a white powder, in tablets, or in capsules.

Magic mushrooms are often eaten raw or cooked. They may be steeped in hot water to make a mushroom “tea” or mixed with fruit juice to make a drink sometimes called “fungus delight.” Less often, the powdered mushrooms or psilocybin may be snorted or injected.

Also known as: magic, magic mushrooms, mushrooms, shrooms, mushies, fungus, and fungus delight

use of psilocybin can produce many other effects including:

    • light-headedness
    • dilated pupils (causes blurred vision)
    • nausea and vomiting
    • dry mouth
    • numbness, particularly facial numbness (paresthesia)
    • exaggerated reflexes
    • sweating and increased body temperature followed by chills and shivering
    • muscle weakness and twitching
  • increased blood pressure and heart rate

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