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How to Take Shrooms

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How to Take Shrooms

Whether you’re interested in taking shrooms for the first time or have tripped dozens of times before, there’s always more to learn about how to navigate the experience.

Often, when people take psilocybin mushrooms, they just eat them dried and whole. Usually, whether people know what they’re taking or not, they’re taking the species Psilocybe cubensis. But as we explore in our “mushroom types” section, there are actually more than 180 different kinds of mushrooms which contain psilocybin.

If mushrooms are eaten whole and dried, the trip usually takes about 30 minutes to kick in, and lasts between four to six hours. Other popular ways they are taken include as:

(ground up and soaked in lemon juice)

Shroom tea and shroom chocolates can be good ways to mask the flavor of the mushrooms, which some people dislike. Lemon tek makes the trip kick in faster and makes it stronger. We do not recommend this technique for beginner trippers.

People take shrooms for all kinds of reasons:

  • Depression
  • Ceremonially – to connect with the divine or something greater than themselves
  • Substance Use Disorder (i.e. alcoholism, nicotine addiction)
  • Recreation – to just have fun and commune with loved ones
  • And Many Other Reasons!

There’s no right way to take shrooms—but there are best practices around preparing, navigating, and making sense of your experience once it’s over (integration) that are important. We cover all of that here.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for support. If you’re looking for peer support during or after a psychedelic experience, contact Fireside Project by calling or texting 6-2FIRESIDE.