Throughout history, south and central Native American’s have utilized Hallucinogenic Mushrooms for sacred reasons. Mushrooms have been taken in both a social and religious rituals and are commonly known to be called God’s flesh. Mushrooms have also been used to create spiritual visions that aid in treating various illnesses, in addition to solving problems and getting in contact with the world of the spirit.
During the 1950s, the man who discovered LSD, Albert Hofmann, also isolated the ingredients that are active in Mushrooms. Hoffman determined that Psilocybin is the main Hallucinogenic property in magic Mushrooms, with Psilocyn being its minor component. Once Psilocybin is in the body it then becomes unstable and is forced to convert into the minor component, Psilocyn. The component Psilocyn, is estimated to be about 1.4 times as strong and more potent than it main contributor, Psilocybin.
Psilocyn is said to be the contributing source that creates both the psychological and physical effects that are produced and experience by magic Mushrooms. In the year of 1968, Mushrooms containing Psilocybin were deemed illegal in the United States, due to the significant amount of the substance that was being abused. Through efforts of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Act of 1970, both substances, Psilocybin and Psilocyn are classified as a Schedule I drug, however, the Mushrooms alone were not scheduled under the act. The drug was classified as a schedule I drug due to it having no medical or medicinal uses, and use of the drug is accompanied with high potential for abuse, as well as physical and psychological dependence.
The characteristics of Psilocybin Mushrooms give users a mind-melting feeling. Psilocybin boosts the brain’s connectivity, which triggers Hallucinogenic experiences. These Hallucinogenic properties can be found in over 100 species of Mushrooms across the world. While Mushrooms are not illicit, the Hallucinogenic properties of Psilocybin are illegal.
The most common Mushrooms used for this drug activity is Psilocybe Semilanceata and Psilocybe Cubensis. Since Psilocybin increases brain connectivity through a Psychedelic high, some effects produced among those who use magic Mushrooms include seeing intense colors and distorted shapes, synesthesia–where different sensory perceptions blend together seeing sounds, hearing colors and smelling sights.
Individuals intoxicated by the substance may also experience surfaces that seem to ripple, flex, shimmer, or breathe, perception of reality is distorted and a strong feeling of connection with nature or objects. When under the influence of Mushrooms individuals report perceiving and seeing objects that warp, morph, or change solid colors.
Magic Mushrooms are known to increase connection in the brain, which includes areas of the brain that would not normally be able to communicate, communicating. As expected this connectivity of the brains ability can be considered either a positive occurrence or a negative one, however it just depends on the specifics of the activity and impact. Mushrooms increase the likeliness of going through dissociative experiences such as depersonalization, derealization and synesthesia.
Synesthesia is where an individual has a mixed sensory perception resulting in seeing sounds or hearing color, which could be explained through the increase in brain connectivity.
Magic Mushrooms inhibits information processes by disrupting the thalamus activity in the brain. The Thalamus is the area of a brain that is essentially a relay station for every stimulation produced by an environment, except for smell. This portion of the brain checks in with all incoming information then categorized it and then sends the information to the adequate processing area in the brain.
With this type of brain activity taking place through Hallucinogenic Mushroom abuse can lead to further issues down the road, including an increased amount of time spend on obtaining and using the drug. When a Hallucinogen use disorder is developed an individual will partake is Mushroom abuse or abuse of other Hallucinogens just to cope with the daily stressors that comes with living a normal life.
If you have found that you are struggling with dependence on Hallucinogenic Mushrooms, there is help available. Similarly, if your loved one is showing clear cut signs of Mushroom abuse and dependency, reaching out to an addiction specialist is vital to his or her recovery. Abuse of Hallucinogens can impact a person’s life and change it negatively for an extended amount of time, if not a lifelong impact.
Getting into recovery from substance abuse is a process that can be complex and challenging. However, recovery from Mushroom abuse will open your loved one up to a brand new and beautiful experience with life. Get assistance and get into the solution for recovery from Mushroom abuse, today.