Undergoing psychedelic therapy is it worth it? Is the therapy safe when tripping with the magic mushroom? What is it? How does it work?
Although controversial, tripping with magic mushrooms is one of the popular and trusted Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy, but what exactly it is?
Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy or Psychedelic Therapy is a type of psychiatric practice, involving several therapeutic procedures, including psychedelic counselling and ingesting psychedelic substances. The proposed substances are:
- Psilocybin (an active compound found in magic mushrooms)
- LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide)
- Mescaline (an active compound found in peyote cactus)
- MDMA (known as molly or ecstasy)
One of the most trusted and popular psychedelic therapy is tripping with magic mushrooms.
Magic mushrooms contain a psychedelic compound, known as psilocybin. Psychedelics, like shrooms, are a class of hallucinogenic drug that triggers non-ordinary states of mind or consciousness, causing psychological, auditory, and visual changes. In other words, psychedelics can alter the state of consciousness.
Since there are found dangers of consuming hallucinogenic substances, psychedelics are under the Controlled Substance Act, where these substances are regulated under federal US drug policy.
Psilocybin, containing a psychedelic compound, is a Schedule 1 under the Controlled Substance Act; meaning, psilocybin has a high potential for abuse. So, growing, using, selling, or distributing magic mushrooms without a proper license is punishable by the law.
Assisted-tripping with Psilocybin
Tripping with magic mushrooms by undergoing psychedelic therapy requires consultation with a licensed therapist or psychiatrist. As mentioned, the therapy will include stages of counseling and ingestion of magic mushrooms.
How is magic mushroom taken?
Magic mushrooms are micro-dosed before it is prescribed to the patient.
The medical professional will conduct a series of examinations before considering psychedelic therapy for the patient. If the patient can undergo such therapy, the doctor will find a specific type of shroom, safe for the patient to take.
Shrooms are micro-dosed before being given to the patient for safe psychedelic therapy. During the therapy, the doctor will conduct counseling and provide shrooms to be ingested. The doctor will assist the patient throughout the tripping session for a meaningful trip.
What happens if you self-trip?
It is not advisable to self-trip because of the possible dangers. Magic mushrooms, if not correctly dosed can cause bad-trip and other life-threatening experiences.
When a person experiences a “bad trip” or “bad acid trip”, he or she is experiencing the following:
- Extreme paranoia
- Negative reinterpretations of the surroundings
- Extreme hallucination
- Extreme mood swings
- Overwhelming fright and delusions
So, do not consider self-tripping, you need to consult your doctor.
Benefits of Psychedelic Therapy
Tripping with psilocybin has benefits despite being a controlled substance. Here are a few:
- Treatment for depression and anxiety
- Treatment for patients with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- To increase the sense of spirituality and connection.
- To boost creativity.
- To improve mood.
- To treat fear of the future.
Some medical researchers are considering psilocybin as a treatment for the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Anorexia nervosa
- Opioid addiction
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome
Despite being a Schedule I substance, tripping with magic mushroom can be meaningful as long as it is assisted or prescribed by the doctor or licensed therapist, or psychiatrist.