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Mushroom Addiction Information

Drug: Psilocybin

Mushroom Street Name: Magic Mushroom

Mushroom Effects: At low doses, magic mushrooms produce feelings of relaxation, not dissimilar to those of cannabis. Users often report laughing a lot and finding things funnier than they would normally. At higher doses, mushroom addiction is closer to that of LSD, intensifying colors and producing visual hallucinations and feelings of euphoria. A mushroom "trip" tends to last about four to five hours. Users often report the mushroom experience to be more "earthy" than other psychedelics, increasing emotional awareness and causing less psychological confusion. Many users find the mushroom experience to be spiritually significant while others find it frightening.

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Mushroom Description: Magic mushrooms are mushrooms that contain psilocybin. Psilocybin is a psychedelic drug with effects similar to those of LSD. Psilocybin mushrooms have been used by many indigenous cultures to induce altered states of consciousness during religious rituals.

Mushroom Street Use: Magic mushrooms are either eaten raw, mixed with food, or brewed into a tea.

Mushroom Dependency: Magic mushrooms, like all hallucinogens, can trigger underlying mental disorders and cause schizophrenic-type symptoms. Mushroom addiction can create "bad trips," which can include confusion, anxiety and panic. In rare instances, users can experience recurring episodes of anxiety and panic (flashbacks) days, weeks, or even months after a bad trip.

Psychedelic mushrooms grow naturally in moist climates, thus this substance’s market is financially less lucrative than others, even though there is no doubt that there exists a certain kind of commercial growing of the Psilocybe mushrooms, half-legally in the Netherlands and illicitly from different stages of maturity/manufacture of chewable dried mushroom tissue. Psychonauts will frequently grow these mushrooms or pick them for themselves as they are commonly found in several places in the world.

Mushroom Withdrawals Symptoms: Tolerance rapidly develops and the next time it is used; it may take twice the original dose to produce the same effect.

Mushroom Legal Status: Magic mushrooms are illegal. Possession can result in long prison terms. Supplying mushrooms to someone else (whether or not money was exchanged) carries even longer sentences.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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