Magic Mushrooms produce strong hallucinogenic effectsPsilocybin is the hallucinogenic compound found in “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms.” Mushrooms can be eaten or brewed and consumed as tea. They have been used by in Central America as part of native rituals for thousands of years. Psilocybin abuse produces a “trip” with heightened emotions, thoughts and sensations. Psilocybin, like other psychedelic drugs, is classified is a Schedule I controlled substance.

Level 2 - Low Danger

Societal impact: 1

Due to low levels of use, small levels of production, and difficulty obtaining Psilocybin, the drug has limited societal impact.

Recreational value: 4

Psilocybin produces long-lasting, intense hallucinogenic effects. While the high itself is mild, the altered mind state causes distorted sensory perceptions.

Physical/emotional impact: 2

A user’s existing mental state affects the emotional impact on a user. Effects can vary each day and range from nervousness and paranoia to sensations of peace, harmony and interconnectedness.

Potential for addictiveness: 1

While psilocybin is not physically addictive, its euphoric effects do increase the risk for misuse and abuse.

Is Psilocybin Abuse Dangerous?

You might wonder if psilocybin is actually “dangerous” after reading our rating. The fact is, compared to other drugs, the long-term physical effects of psilocybin are not as harmful as other drugs. However, in certain individuals, the intense mind-alterting ability of the drug may cause long-term mental health issues. Other users may engage in risky, dangerous behavior while in an altered state. There is no “safe” drug, and this includes psilocybin. Any mind-altering substance has the ability to change a life. If you feel that you, or someone you know, is too involved with psilocybin use, we can help. Our Treatment Finder will help you connect with a facility that offers the specific programs and therapies you need.