How to physically and mentally prepare for a trip on magic mushrooms

Published Sep 24, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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Magic mushrooms, shrooms, psychedelic caps, and death caps are just a few of the names that psilocybin has received over the years. Some of those titles may sound a bit intimidating, but the reality is that these potent mushroom strains have been utilized for hundreds of years, and they are growing so quickly in popularity that many believe they’ll be the next legal recreational substance to hit the market.

Though the effects of psilocybin are undoubtedly more intense than those from cannabis, the two substances have quite a bit in common, like the fact that they both have medicinal benefits while also offering benefits to recreational consumers. They are also both completely natural drugs that can be grown by just about anyone, and once they’re harvested, they require little to no processing beyond curing to be ready for ingestion.

Hearing all of that tends to leave people with a false sense of security, which leads them to try psilocybin, assuming that the two substances will have relatively similar effects, but that is rarely ever true. Unfortunately, going off of such an assumption leaves a user more susceptible to a bad experience, and that is why it is so important to learn how to both physically and mentally prepare for a trip on magic mushrooms long before the occasion arises.

Mentally preparing for psilocybin

Mentally preparing yourself revolves around achieving a better understanding of all aspects and scenarios that you might run into with psilocybin, and it might be the most important focus as your state of mind has a lot to do with how any psychedelic substance might impact you.

1. Familiarize yourself with the possibilities as far as effects

Some people end up really disappointed after taking magic mushrooms because they don’t provide their imagined ideal psychedelic trip that the consumer had hoped for. Though the media tends to portray psilocybin as a drug that will make you hallucinate and, in some cases, dream up a whole nother world, the truth is that many report a high that is similar to cannabis only with more intense sensations, so it is important to know about all of the possibilities before you begin.

2. Learn about average doses

If someone were to hand you a bag of shrooms, would you know how many to take, or how low of a dose to begin with? Truthfully no one knows the exact answer, but researching might help you find a comfortable footing to start on. Generally, those who are more experienced use between 3-7 grams to trigger the psychedelic effects, but beginners should always tread these waters lightly, so research based on other's personal experiences might help you to more confidently decide how much to take.

3. Do not give in to peer pressure

If you want to be 100% mentally prepared for a trip on psilocybin, then you’ll need to come around to the idea on your own terms. Of course, friends might want to gently encourage you to partake in their planned festivities, but you shouldn’t allow them to put pressure on you to start. When you do finally try magic mushrooms, it should be because you want to, which will put you in the best state of mind to experiment while experiencing the least amount of side effects that may be triggered by anxiety.

4. Arrange for a friend that you trust to accompany you

Psilocybin can be a whole lot of fun, but most fear what might happen if, for some reason or another, it’s less than enjoyable. This often happens when there is an allergy present that triggers an inflamed reaction or when too much is consumed at once, and it can be a terrifying and lifechanging experience. That is why it is a really good idea to surround yourself with people or in the very least, one person that you trust to take care of you in the event of things going sideways, plus it’ll help you to feel better about the whole experience, which will increase the likelihood of you enjoying your trip.

5. Research different ways to take them

Mentally preparing for a shrooms trip also means deciding on how you would like to take them, and while that might not seem like an important thing while you’re planning the endeavor, once a big bag of psilocybin is sitting in front of you, you’ll wish you had learned more about the options to take them. Though psychedelic mushrooms can be a whole lot of fun, they don’t really taste very good, so you’ll want to find a way that calms your nerves and reduces the risk of a possible bad reaction that might occur, like throwing up.

Physically preparing for psilocybin


Not everyone will physically prepare themselves before a trip on magic mushrooms, but if you want to have the best chance at the most enjoyable experience, then it is a necessary part of the process that focuses on things that you can do to ensure that you feel great the entire time you’re high. In some cases, this means the amount, but in others, it means making sure that you’re in the best of health before you get started.

1. Decide on a small dose but have extra on hand

The very first thing that you’ll need to do to physically prepare for a high on magic mushrooms is to make a purchase of the product but to do that, you’ll need to settle on an amount that you feel comfortable with taking. However, it is important to take two things into consideration as you do, including the smallest amount you’re considering, plus a few grams extra just in case you don’t achieve the desired results that you’re looking for. You don’t want to get home and find yourself barely high on psilocybin, with nowhere to get more safely right away, so make sure that you grab an extra 2-4 grams at least.

2. Find an appropriate and safe environment

After you’ve bought you’re magic mushrooms, the next step is settling on a safe space to take them. This could be at your own home, a friend's house, or out at a campground where you’re having the time of your life with some pals, but it should be somewhere where you feel at home, even if you don’t live there. It is also important to pick a place that doesn’t include safety hazards that could be a problem once you’re high, so ensure to avoid large bodies of water and hanging out beside busy roads or other high traffic areas as much as possible.

3. Drink plenty of water

Mushrooms are typically eaten because it is the best way to absorb and utilize the psilocybin, but this can lead to an upset stomach once the product makes it into the tummy. The best way to avoid all potential adverse effects from magic mushrooms is to ensure that you are well hydrated long before you begin and throughout the entirety of the trip, so make sure that you drink at least a few glasses of water before you ingest them, followed by keeping a large bottle water accessible, and it shouldn’t leave your side throughout the remainder of the experience.

4. Eat a full meal

Magic mushrooms go right into the stomach, and that is where all of the magic happens as they dissolve, which is why they are so famous for causing adverse stomach effects such as stomach pains, cramps, nausea, and vomiting, but if you want to avoid all of that, then all you need to do is eat a healthy meal before you start. Something heavy but without massive amounts of grease will help to settle the stomach and give a base for the mushrooms to land on, which should make them easier to keep down without causing discomfort.

5. Put on comfortable clothes and remove problematic jewelry

A psychedelic experience with psilocybin might have you on your toes for an adventure or glued to your chair until the effects wear off, so it’s a good idea to dress with comfort in mind. Loose, soft, comfortable clothing and shoes that won’t have you tripping around, is a great place to start. After that, you’ll want to remove any jewelry that might easily catch or hook on things as you move around because you might not be as careful or as aware as you typically are, which could have tragic consequences.


Magic mushrooms can offer a wide range of benefits and experience for both medicinal and recreational consumers, but no matter you’re intention, being physically and mentally prepared will help to ensure that you have the best possible chance of achieving your desired experience. So, while it might seem like an annoyance to put so much in before the buzz, the time spent will be more than worth it as you experiment with both caution and confidence.

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