Magic Mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms

Street names: Mushies, Shrooms, Liberty Cap (Psilocybe Semilanceata)

Similar drugs: LSD

Drug type: Hallucinogenic

Are Magic Mushrooms illegal?

Legal status: Magic mushrooms are a class A drug. You could go to prison for seven years for possessing them and for life for dealing them.

What is it? 'Magic' mushrooms contain the ingredient psilocin or psilocybin which alters how the brain works. They grow wild and are harvested between September and November in the UK.

You can eat them raw or dry, boiled into tea or converted to powder and swallowed ('bombed') in wraps.


The effects of Magic Mushrooms

How it can make you feel: The effects of Magic Mushrooms & Psilocybin differ from person to person, like  LSD, magic mushrooms can make you hallucinate. Familiar objects or people may become distorted. This can either be funny or frightening - it depends on your mood and environment.

Your heart rate can increase, your pupils can dilate and you may get hot and cold flushes too.

The risks: There is no stopping a trip once it starts - and they can be frightening. You can even get repeated traumatic flashbacks after the event. Vomiting and diarrhoea are common.

You're at greater risk of having an accident, and may be become paranoid. You could accidentally eat the wrong type of mushroom, which could turn out to be deadly.

Magic Mushrooms image courtesy of Talk to Frank, Crown Copyright.