What are the harmful side effects to ingesting magic mushrooms?


Someone I know really loves taking shrooms periodically, but is worried about any harmful side effects. What are the short term and long term (negative) side effects to taking psychedelic mushrooms?

3 thoughts on “What are the harmful side effects to ingesting magic mushrooms?

  • May 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

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    Permanent brain damage like messed up Serotonin and Dopamine levels causing major mood swings.
    Major Depressive Disorder

  • May 9, 2011 at 3:50 am

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    psychedelics like shrooms and acid kill A LOT of brain cells. it could also lead to permanent brain damage.

  • May 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Just to clarify some of the previous answers, no one has ever been recorded to died as a direct result from consuming magic mushrooms (but people can do stupid things on mushrooms, which can lead to death – eg. Jumping off a building), and they are not known to kill brain cells or parts of the brains either.

    Some scientific research has proven that taking shrooms can increase the risk of developing a mental health issue (eg. depression, schizophrenia). This chance is increased if you have these mental issues in your genetic family history.

    People are also known to have ‘flash backs’ which can occur from any time after taking mushrooms (days, weeks, months, years). They will not occur often, but when they do, they last from about a few seconds to a minute or so, and are sometimes frightful.

    Bad trips can also occur. They can be very very very scary, and often turn people off shrooms, especially if it was their first time. You can avoid a bad trip by surrounding yourself in a quiet, familiar place with good music and a couple of friends.

    Buying magic mushrooms on the black market and hunting for shrooms can both be dangerous if you don’t know how to properly identify them. Eating the wrong mushroom can make you very sick, and ultimately lead to death – that is why growing your own mushrooms is considered the safest way to recieve them.

    Short term effects are:
    -distorted perception
    -etc. Basically just what you experience when your on shrooms.

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