Most people use mushrooms for one of two reasons: either for fun, or as a spiritual ritual. At lower doses, psilocybin can certainly be simply enjoyable, making the experience a pleasant, mind altering trip. Then there are those, who treat it as a key to the doors of perception – in this case, higher doses usually apply. With proper experience, knowledge and guidance, magic mushrooms can lead you to valuable insights into the surrounding world, reality in which you exist and the one beyond.
Whatever the reason for taking magic mushrooms, there are several things you will have to keep in mind. If you are new to mushrooms, first of all don't take too much at once. Half a bag is usually more than enough. Once you take them, you have to be prepared for several hours of alternated consciousness – don't take them shortly before work, driving, meetings etc. It is a good idea to stay indoors, preferably at home or some other safe and comfortable place, especially if you are taking mushrooms for the first time. Going outside can lead you to more colourful visions and insights, but since you will be even less in control of the situation, it is rather advised for the more experienced users. Never even get close to mushrooms if you are not feeling well. Depression, stress, exhaustion – all sound like the recipe for a bad trip, as mushrooms will magnify all your fears and anxieties.
The usual way of ingesting magic mushrooms is simply by eating them. In this case it is important to chew them thoroughly, to allow all the juices to come out. The psychoactive compound released from the mushroom by your saliva will start mixing with your blood, reaching every cell in your body. It will take more or less 45 minutes for them to start working, depending on the stomach content – the less you eat before, the better. It is advised to avoid food for a few hours.
Not really a great fan of the bitter taste of mushrooms? Think about making a magic brew. Taking your mushrooms in a form of a tea will cause the specific taste to disappear. Just boil some water, crush the desired amount of shrooms into small pieces and throw them in. Slowly heat the pan, keeping it close to simmering, but do not bring it to boil – otherwise you might destroy the active compound, and be left with an ugly brew with little psychoactive value. Let it rest for some 10 to 15 minutes and “enjoy”.