Magic mushrooms are reminiscent of Australia’s hippy era in the 1960s. And here we are, 40 years later, where they are becoming popular again among teenagers and the social scene in Australia. They are cheap and easy to find if you know when and where to look for them. You have to be careful you know a magic mushroom from a poisonous mushroom. Making a mistake can be deadly or leave you with permanent brain damage.
During the cold months of winter in Australia, magic mushrooms pop up around the country. The magic happens only once a year. with the right combination of temperature and moisture magic mushrooms rear their heads in all sorts of places. In gardens, forests, playgrounds, creeks, and parks. But, unless you know exactly what you are doing, you can poison yourself.
Magic Mushroom Season in Australia
Australia has 30 types of mushrooms with the hallucinogenic compound psilocybin. Psilocybin decreases brain activity in the prefrontal cortex for up to 6 hours after ingestion. British researcher, Robin Carhart-Harris found that people ingesting magic mushrooms received information the brain usually discarded. This is because its ability to interpret its sensory inputs is decreased. Magic mushrooms allow the mind to work freely, which can account for the hallucinations.
Beware, it is illegal to cultivate, possess or eat magic mushrooms in Australia. Being caught with or using magic mushrooms can land you with a fine of up to $3000 and even a stint in jail if you are unlucky. Police usually only issue warnings about the areas they are going to target during the, magic mushroom season.
Effects of Magic Mushrooms
Ingesting magic mushrooms change how you see the world. How they affect you is unpredictable and you can have a good or bad trip. The effects will start taking place almost immediately or up to an hour later. Most people feel its effects 15-40 minutes after ingestion.
You can feel paranoid, anxiety and panic and your reality will be heightened. You can experience:
- mood swings
- a sense of euphoria and wellbeing
- distorted sense of self, time and space.
Mixing magic mushrooms with other drugs or with alcohol can end in an emergency situation. The unpredictable effects of the mushrooms mixed with other drugs can cause a bad trip. This can mean you:
- experience self-harm or violence
- are afraid and anxious
- have frightening hallucinations you think are real
- feel as though you are going mad.
Ingesting magic mushrooms on a regular basis can also trigger random anxiety and psychotic attacks. You can even experience flashbacks to the hallucinations for up to many years later. Any deaths attributed to magic mushrooms are from taking the wrong mushrooms, the result of dangerous behavior or accidents while under its influence, as well from self-harm.