Dangerous Side Effects of Shrooms

January 20, 2017

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Abusing Shrooms

Contrary to popular opinion, there are some dangerous side effects of abusing shrooms or “magic mushrooms”.   In fact, natural is not always better or safer.

Surprisingly, there are hundreds of varieties of mushrooms found in nature.  However, when seeking the right mushrooms that provide the desired euphoric effects, there is a chance of choosing a variety that can give adverse effects.

Mushrooms that provide hallucinogenic effects are those that contain substances known as psilocin and psilocybin, according to the CDC.  These two substances are found in over 75 varieties of mushrooms found in Mexico, South America and the US.  Mushrooms containing psilocybin have been used since prehistoric times.  Some cultures even used them in religious ceremonies.

Shrooms give a person the sensation of increased energy and visual clarity with a high that is similar to that felt with LSD.

Unexpected Dangerous Side Effects of Abusing Shrooms

One of the most common dangerous side effects of abusing shrooms occurs when a person consumes moldy mushrooms.  These tainted shrooms are covered with a fungus that can make a person physically sick.

Additionally, some wild-picked mushrooms resemble some of the psilocybin mushrooms, but they are often lethal or poisonous.

Another unexpected side effect of shrooms is known as a “bad trip”.  Everyone responds to shrooms differently, so a bad trip is unpredictable.  However, when a person has this type of experience they suffer perceptual disturbances or panic disorder after using the shrooms.  This condition is known as “hallucinogen persisting perception disorder”.

Dangerous Effects Associated With Abusing Shrooms

Unfortunately, some of the effects of shrooms can put a person’s life in jeopardy or the lives of others in the vicinity of the person.  For instance, some users have negative experiences as a result of the hallucinations produced by the drug.  During the hallucinations, the person can become aggressive or violent and make poor decisions that can affect themselves or others.

Other effects of shrooms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Inability to concentrate

Also, people with preexisting mental disorders will experience a more severe reaction to using shrooms.

Of course, more serious interactions are experienced when other drugs or alcohol are present in the user’s system.

Long-Term Effects of Psilocybin

Shroom abuse can also result in chemical changes in the brain that produce flashbacks.  Flashbacks such as psychosis, mood changes, visual disturbances, paranoia, and inability to think clearly have been reported to continue long after shroom usage.

Are Shrooms Addictive?

Most recreational drugs become addictive due to the chemicals that cause permanent changes in the brain.  Although mushrooms do not contain any of the chemicals that cause physical addiction, users can develop a psychological addiction.

Treatment for Shroom Abuse

Treatment for shroom dependence usually focuses on the mental aspects of the addiction with little attention to any of the physical aspects.

Unlike treatment for addictions to other substances, treatment for shroom abuse will not include any medication.   Most of the effects of psilocybin usually fade after prolonged abstinence.  For this reason, there is no need for medically assisted intervention.

If you would like more information about the dangerous effects of abusing shrooms, we invite you to call our toll-free number today.  One of our representatives is available now to answer any questions you may have.  Our team is also a valuable source of information regarding other addictive drugs and can provide advice about treatment programs in your area.

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