We recognize that in order for everyone to feel comfortable with psychedelics and safely use them to their full potential, we need to be brutally honest about what they are and what they are not. This includes addressing popular myths and fears while acknowledging potential risks.
“Magic mushrooms are poisonous and deadly.”
Perhaps the most dangerous thing about psychedelic mushrooms is that they can be easily confused for the poisonous kind. There are over 100 varieties of psilocybin-producing mushrooms which are all non-toxic. However, some of them can look like toxic strains so it’s important you get your mushrooms from a trusted source.
“Magic mushrooms are addictive.”
Magic mushrooms are not addictive. Even Health Canada agrees.
“Magic mushrooms can give you anxiety and depression.”
First things first: taking magic mushrooms will not cause you to develop a mood or mental disorder.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about “bad trips”. You may have heard stories of a friend having a challenging experience while on magic mushrooms causing them uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. An important thing to consider here is that while they may not have had the ideal experience, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
One study showed that 84% of study participants, when interviewed six months after the “bad trip”, reported benefiting from the experience. 76% reported that the experience had resulted in an improved sense of well-being and life satisfaction. Nearly half said they would go through the experience again. Every participant practiced integration to transform the challenging experience into a valuable learning opportunity.
To help guide your trip it is important to prepare your experience in a thoughtful manner. If you’re not confident about these three things, we don’t not recommend using higher doses of magic mushrooms (anything beyond a microdose).
To set yourself up for success:
- Ensure you’re in the right setting – mind and body.
- Set an intention – what are you hoping to accomplish from your trip?
- And be mindful of your dose and research the different potential effects of different doses.
Additionally, after your trip (blissful and/or uncomfortable), try to unpack where those feelings may have been coming from. By bringing awareness to the source of those emotions, you may be able to integrate the learnings from your experience into everyday growth.
“If you take magic mushrooms, you could have a psychotic break.”
Two studies have concluded there is no link between psychedelics and psychosis. Researchers in the first study found that psychedelic users were not at increased risk of developing 11 indicators of mental-health problems such as schizophrenia and psychosis. The second study came up with similar results.
Magic mushrooms contain a compound called psilocybin that, when ingested, is converted into psilocin. This chemical activates serotonin receptors in your brain, triggering vivid hallucinations, a sense of euphoria, visions and changes in your perception of space and time. While there’s often a lot to unpack after a deep experience, all the evidence suggests magic mushrooms will not cause you to have a psychotic break.
“Magic mushrooms grow on cow’s poop.”
We mean, they sure can. A common misconception about magic mushrooms is that they only grow in cow poop which is not the case. For Sero, we grow our mushrooms using organic substrates like grains and sawdust. We also use recycled coffee grounds donated by local coffee shops. These grounds act as a wonderful supplement for psilocybe cubensis fungi to flourish.