Effects: Relaxation of the musculature and slight changes in vision during the first 15–30 minutes. Thereafter vertigo, flight of ideas, optical and acoustic hallucinations, lassitude followed by fantastic visions of shapes and colors. Subjective feeling of higher insights. The climax takes place around 1 to 1 1/2 hours after the intake. The whole duration of the effect lasts around six hours.
Side effects: Intake on a full stomach can lead to nausea. Some Mexican Indians claim that long term use accelerates the aging process. But the well-known shaman Maria Sabina, who had regularly eaten mushrooms since her childhood, died around the age of 90, without any signs of early deterioration.
Miscellaneous: Comprehensive experience reports can be found in the second part. Psilocybin and psilocin are included in all narcotic drug control acts. Therefore it is advised against the intake of psilocybin- or psilocin-containing materials. Who decides otherwise, should read the general comments about the use of hallucinogens in the second part.
Warning: If searching mushrooms in the wild, always have somebody experienced show you a particular mushroom first and explain its characteristics to you, before gathering and using it (unless you are very familiar with mushroom field guides and their use). Collecting and eating any mushroom which looks “somewhat similar” to a picture in a book might result in mistakes with even deadly consequences.
Suppliers: Mycelium cultures in petri dishes are rarely offered nowadays. But sterile spore suspensions in syringes are widely available in the internet and a decent start for growing. Growing psilocin- and psilocybin-containing mushrooms is punishable in some countries, while others tolerate it. Processing of such mushrooms for consumption or trade, like drying, pulverizing, extracting is often prohibited under the narcotic drug laws.