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Six Things To Consider To Take Magic Mushrooms safely

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Magic Mushrooms have had a lot of good press recently. They’ve been declared a breakthrough drug by the Federal Drug Administration in the USA, which means it’s going mainstream, and more and more people are curious about using them. If you are considering experimenting, let us tell you about the top six things you should absolutely consider before if you want to experiment with magic mushrooms safely. 

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#1 - Your Environment

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The most important thing to consider is your environment. Make sure you are in a safe, secure place, away from a public space. Your environment is known as the setting in “set and setting”, a term coined by LSD-Guru, Timothy Leary, and it plays a vital part in the outcome of your trip. You can learn more about set and setting here.

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When you take mushrooms in the wrong setting, there is a risk you'll have a challenging trip. If you don’t feel safe and secure, you’ll more than likely get super-enhanced feelings of anxiety or paranoia.  

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A good environment will enhance the overall effects of the trip and will make a challenging trip easier to deal with. You can enhance your environment even more if you create a safe space

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#2 - Your Mental Health

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Your mindset is the “set” in the expression ''set and setting'', and this is just as important as your environment. Magic mushrooms are psychoactive. They stimulate the brain and enhance feelings. So, if you are going through hard times, it might be a good idea to hold off until you are through the storm.

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Psilocybin, the main active ingredient in magic mushrooms has been proven beneficial in treating conditions, such as PTSD, severe depression, and anxiety. However, if you’re suffering from a mental illness and are curious about using psilocybin or any other psychedelic therapy, please consult one of the relevant medical authorities first. Do not self-prescribe, it’s vital to have the right support and guidance when using psychedelics as medicine.

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#3 - Your Intentions

 

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Before you take magic mushrooms, ask yourself why you want to take them and what you want to get out of the trip? Setting an intention beforehand. Or figuring out a thought to come back to as you do psychedelics can offer a home base if you're spiraling and help you find deeper meaning.

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Choose something personal, simple, and go with whatever comes up in your mind and feels right in your gut. This could be something like learning about certain emotions, interpersonal relationships, or the way you relate to society and nature. You could also focus on self-acceptance, the fear of success, or an over or under-inflated ego for example. 

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Another intention could also be… no intention, by this we mean, letting the sacred plant lead us where it feels we need to be led.

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#4 - Your Physical Health

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Next on our list of six things to consider before you take magic mushrooms is your physical health. If you are not physically healthy, don't take them.

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If you’ve got a cold, are recovering from recent surgery, or have any broken limbs, wait till you're better first. This is because you could become hyper-focused on your ailment. And this might make you feel uncomfortable. 

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Magic mushrooms will affect your mind, and your body too, for example, they can lower your blood pressure. Don’t take them if you’re on medication. And if you have a cold or gastric problem, the toxins in magic mushrooms could make these conditions worse.

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#5 - Trip Sitter

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Photo Illustration by Elizabeth renstrom

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Whether you’re doing mushrooms alone or in a group, it’s a good idea to have a trip sitter or guide. A guide will stay sober throughout the trip, and they can help if things start to go a bit wayward. Always tell your trip sitter about your intention so they can remind you about it if they need to. 

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A trip sitter will have rational thoughts, so they can assist you if you become uncomfortable or anxious during the trip. They can also stop you from doing anything silly or irresponsible. You can find some fantastic trip sitter guidelines on The Zendo Project website.

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#6 - The Strain and Dosage

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The last of our six things to consider before you take magic mushrooms is the strain. Some strains are more potent than others, and different types have different effects. Some are more visual, while others are more introspective. 

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Always get your mushrooms from someone you trust.  It can be hard to have access to a wide variety on the black market, so why not grow your own at home?

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Look at our dosage guide to get a clear idea about dosages too. And if you want to discover some interesting ways to eat your magic mushrooms, check out our “how to cook with magic mushrooms” blog. 

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Conclusion

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Many people who take magic mushrooms consider it to be one of the most profound experiences of their life, and the chances that this also is your experience will increase if you make sure you put these six tips into action on your next session.

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Note: If you’re suffering from a mental illness and are curious about using psilocybin or any other psychedelic therapy, please consult one of the relevant medical authorities first. Do not self-prescribe, it’s vital to have the right support and guidance when using psychedelics as medicine.