9 Steps to have an Amazing Magic Mushroom Trip

We present to you 9 steps to take into account to ensure you have a great experience with your Magic Mushrooms


Disclaimer: Psilocybin mushrooms are potentially illegal substances, and we do not encourage or condone the use of this substance where it is against the law. However, we accept that illegal drug use occurs, and believe that offering responsible harm reduction information is imperative to keeping people safe. For that reason, this guide is designed to ensure the safety of those who decide to use the substance. We do not encourage using this drug outside of a legal or traditional context.


For many reading this, it could be the first time, and so you might be a bit nervous. That is a good thing!  A Magic Mushroom trip is an intense experience a sacred one and you must always approach it with respect.

This guide will walk you through 9 steps that will help you have the most positive experience possible, the idea is also to give you as much info as possible so you know what to expect from the experience.

The most important thing you should be doing is to prepare to accept every single possibility of the experience, even the fact that you could have a challenging trip, so if you want to make sure your trip only has good vibes and incredible hallucinations, move on to some other type of article.

As usual, the Magic Mushroom Shop would like to remind you that like all medicine the earth has given us it is important to show respect and refrain from abusing the amazing power that this Psilocybe Cubensis possesses.  Don’t trip again until you’ve completely integrated your previous trip into your life.

Magic mushrooms don't just make you see pink elephants and planes going through your living room. They also calm the ego and boost your sense of optimism, according to a new study. Take a look at our Responsible Use section for specific elements around the safe use of Magic Mushrooms.  

1. Be ready to accept anything coming your way, cultivate an open mind.

No matter how much you prepare for your trip, the experience will still move you in many ways.  Be prepared to laugh, to feel bliss, to have amazing insights coming in and out your mind, to feel confusion and even to feel discomfort, in short, be ready to take in all that will come your way.  This does not mean to start obsessing about a bad trip because that could insure you actually have one.

Starting a trip with a positive and open mind set will go a long way in contributing to your positive experience, and if you do experience moments that are challenging, tell yourself that it is temporary, sit and let it pass, accept it in your mind, the more you resist, the harder it will be for you.

It is important to know that every person who takes magic mushrooms will react differently, that is why you probably need to start with low dosages at the beginning (we will get to Dosage in just a second)

2. Set and Setting or context, mindset and physical environment.

Set and Setting is about the context: your mindset and the physical environment along with the people that will be with you.

Your mental state is important to take into consideration, this includes your thoughts, mood and expectations.  You will experience a more enjoyable trip if you are in a good state of mind the day of the trip but also at least in the previous weeks.  If you can, meditate before your trip.  Take 5-10 minutes to listen and feel yourself breathe, all you need to do is follow the breath and watch yourself be, in silence, observe your state of mind.   

One of the most important things to keep in mind is to let go the desire to understand and make sense of everything that is going on with you once you start tripping.   Don’t trip if you are feeling scared of the effects it will have on you, if you start to obsess about it.  Wait a few more days until

Where you trip is important.  Keep in mind that a typical trip will last from 4-5 hours, the peak happening about 2 hours.  It can start 30 to 60 minutes after eating them.  The decline period will be 2-3 hours after ingestion.  You want to make sure you are in quiet environment with no strangers around you. 

Being outdoors in nature can be an awesome experience, but keep in mind that a non-house environment will increase the chances of unexpected occurrences so make sure you are safe.  If you are hiking in the woods, you could get lost.  Indoors or outdoors, you need to be 100% familiar with the environment, spend a few hours before there on a different day.   Tidy the place up, dim the lights, light some incense, there is nothing worse than tripping in a dirty and chaotic environment.

Make sure you will not be disturbed in case you are not aware of how normal people are supposed to behave and you start to freak out.

3. Surround yourself with people you trust and love:

A magic mushroom experience is a powerful experience, you want to be with people that you know will not judge you or freak out if you start to enter your subconscious mind, you want to be around people that have supported you no matter what in previous life experiences, this will give you peace of mind to let go, you know you are safe with them.

If you have never taken magic mushrooms, it is advisable not to trip alone and trip with someone who has more experience, we call this person a TripSitter, someone who decides not to take anything to take care of those who are tripping.   Again, make sure this person has previously experienced a few trips, there is nothing worse than someone who has no idea and starts to freak out when you start seeing that plane fly in your living room.

4. Set the right Dosage:

The typical dose for most magic mushrooms, even the Thai Magic Mushroom, is between 1 and 2.5 grams of dried shrooms.

Check out EROWID's dosage calculator for more on the subject.  There is also the Shroomery dosage calculator which you can check out here

Many advanced users will say these quantities are too small, but they are safer for a beginner.   We believe the best is to remain below 1g if you are getting started. 

The best advice we can give about dosage actually comes from a John Hopkins School of Medicine research done in 2011 by Rolland Griffiths who mentions that in order to reduce the possibility of bad trips, ‘’ The trick is to get the dose just right’’.

In order to get the dose right you will need to experiment a couple of times, so start at a low dose that could be 0.8g-1g and slowly work yourself up in various sessions.  It’s all about finding the sweet spot where you can optimize a positive effect and avoid the fear and anxiety of a bad trip

5. Set your intention

The intention will guide the experience and set it apart from a simple recreational experience that is lights away from the life-changing revelations that you could be receiving.  The way you integrate the experience will give it the therapeutic and growth value.  Remember that many indigenous populations around the world have been using psychedelics to heal, but this will not happen if you don’t put the work in.

Because taking magic mushrooms will induce transcendental experiences and can be the most meaningful experience in your life, your intentions can be based on personal aspects of your life, you might want to discover your purpose in life, take an important decision, and kick a bad habit.

No matter what it is, always remember your personal reason for embarking on your trip, coming back to that initial intention when your trip becomes challenging will help you steer away from negative thoughts that can steer you into a bad trip.

5. Dress for success

There is nothing worse than being cold during a trip.  If you will be tripping outdoors, make sure you are warmly dressed.  Look at the Burning Man pictures every year, it is a desert, so during the day it is scorching hot and people are dressed accordingly, at night, temperatures drop, again, you will see people are protecting themselves from the cold.  The idea is to be ready for anything type of temperature so think ahead.  Wear something that you will be able to roll on the dirt with if that is what your trip requires you, that means if you are afraid of destroying your outfit, it might not be the right one   And lastly, choose comfortable clothing.

 6. Don’t over eat and make sure you have enough food and water

There are many opinions about this one, but we recommend you eat your magic mushrooms on an Empty or Near Empty Stomach because they can make you feel uneasy and sometimes a bit nauseous, so if you have eaten a rich meal, this will not go down well, figuratively and concretely speaking.

 7. Expect the unexpected: The trip

Once the magic mushroom starts to take effect your perception of the world will change, particularly what you see.  Lights and all shinny objects, reflections will have a nice halo around the lights and moving objects will leave a trail behind. If you close your eyes you will see bright colors and various geometrical patterns.  This are all cool effects and you could sit there watching this amazing show for a very long while, but don’t and get back to the issues you want to think about during your experience, to yourself, your life and perception of the world.

Sometimes the trip can feel like you are in the middle of a hurricane, and you will just have sit cool on your stool and ride the hurricane.

Other times you will feel in complete control of your trip and this is your opportunity to really go in deep into your inner self, to explore.  This is a good moment to take a look at the pending issues in your life and to remember the intention you set.  

Your sense of time will be distorted and you might find yourself staring at something for 30 minutes but only notice after 35 minutes of doing so.

When looking at various sites, notably Erowidmycotopia and Shroomery, you will find that people report strong highs at first and then the experience becoming chiller as you enter into the high but as every person is different there is also a great variety of experiences.

The kind of trip will depend on many elements: personality, where you are, whom you are with, what you ate and if you are mixing up with other substances or alcohol (it is best not to do this).  It can be an amazing experience, some say a life-changing experience if you follow basic rules

8. The more you talk the more you will relax

Talking to the mushrooms is a good way to get out of a bad trip, or at least to avoid getting into that dark hole.  For this you must consider the mushrooms as a ‘’teacher’’.

All we need to do is learn from the Indigenous populations around the world who have been using psilocybin mushrooms for centuries as part of their religious ceremonies, they also use them for divination purposes.  For the Aztecs, it was calle Teonanáctl, meaning God Mushroom.

In these ceremonies, the Shaman will always be speaking to the God (the mushroom) asking for guidance or reciting a chant.  You can do the same.  If you start to feel that the experience is becoming challenging, ask the mushroom, the God or whatever you want to call it what he has in store for you, what he wants to show you.

Relate to the mushroom as a conscious entity instead of just a mushroom or a ‘’drug’’ and do this regularly and even when not tripping.

9. Magic Mushrooms are medicine, treat them as such

There are many studies that are starting to come out that indicate the potential of Magic Mushrooms to treat various illnesses, one of the most famous studies is the one done at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medecine in 2012 to treat anxiety in cancer patients, these ended up having the most meaningful experiences in their lives.

Other studies have revealed that magic mushrooms "kill the ego," which leads to mind-expanding experiences, like hearing colors, seeing sounds or watching staircases bend. The less focused we are on ourselves, the more open minded we become.

These studies tell us that magic mushrooms should not be used for recreational purposes, at least not only for recreational purposes.  Treat the magic mushrooms as a sacred conscious being as the Aztecs and other indigenous people have done for thousands of years and you will certainly benefit find that the best use you can give them is… healing.


Articles and Research on Mushrooms

New York Times
How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death

LSD and Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy for Anxiety

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Hallucinogens Have Doctors Tuning In Again

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The Guardian: Magic mushrooms may help with depression, say leading scientists

Pubmed search for “psilocybin”: a good way to find latest research

9/20 Coalition
9/20 Coalition for Psychedlic Mushroom Education