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2 – Onset

The onset of a magic mushrooms trip is the period of time from when you begin to feel the effects of the psilocybin you’ve ingested to when you’re feeling the full effects of the magic mushrooms. It lasts anywhere from 1-2 hours. You’ll start to notice an increase in vibrancy of the world around you as your pupils begin to dilate and become more sensitive to light, and you may start to feel small abnormal physical sensations. If you’re tripping for the first time, you may become anxious if you fall into the thought pattern of double-checking to see if you’re tripping or not, so we recommend doing something like drawing, journaling, watching music videos with friends or taking a walk around the block while you’re waiting for the effects to kick in.

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4 – Comedown

The comedown of a magic mushrooms trip feels very similar to a reverse of the onset: your hallucinations, sense of euphoria, and feelings of deep connectedness will slowly but surely dissipate as the magic mushrooms have been fully digested by your body. The come down of a magic mushrooms trip is typically the last hour or two of the trip, and you won’t typically be fully aware of the comedown until most of the mushrooms’ effects are gone. Once your trip is over, you will feel tired, sluggish, and oftentimes a bit dopey: the magic mushrooms “hangover” is similar to feeling burnt out after consuming a lot of cannabis. Plan to take it easy the day after your shrooms trip: spend the next day resting, contemplating the new perspective your magic mushrooms trip has given you, and drinking lots of orange juice or consuming other vitamin-C rich foods and beverages. Congratulations, you’ve taken your first magic mushrooms trip! 

Phases of a Magic Mushroom Trip

If you haven’t taken a magic mushrooms trip before, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Before we delve into discussing the four phases of a magic mushrooms trip, remember that if you’re planning on taking your first magic mushrooms trip, pick a private, safe space, like your home, plan to trip with a friend or two that you trust, and make sure that you have a trusted, sober friend or family member close by or accessible you can talk to in case you feel anxious or uncomfortable.

The four phases of a magic mushrooms trip are ingestion, onset, the peak (the real “trip”), and comedown. Let’s talk about what those mean.


1 – Ingestion

The first phase of a magic mushrooms trip is always taking the magic mushrooms. You can ingest magic mushrooms raw and dried, steeped in a tea, ground into a powder, or in psilocybin isolate capsule form. You can learn more about how to take magic mushrooms here (insert link to educational page on how to take magic mushrooms). It typically takes about an hour to begin to feel the effects of the magic mushrooms after ingestion, and you may feel a bit nauseous or clammy after taking the mushrooms: for this reason, we recommend not taking magic mushrooms on an empty stomach. It may take a bit longer to feel the mushrooms’ effects, but it’s always best to start a magic mushrooms trip from a comfortable mindset, both mentally and physically.

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3 – Peak

The peak of the magic mushrooms trip is the part of the trip that you’d think of when imagining taking a psychedelic trip. This part of the trip will last 3-5 hours, but because one of the effects of psilocybin is a loss of sense of time, it may feel a lot shorter or a lot longer; both potential outcomes won’t affect whether you have a good trip or bad trip, as the experience you have during your trip will be mainly based on your and your fellow trippers’ mentalities when going into the trip. During the peak of a trip, you’ll have noticeable physical, auditory, and/or visual hallucinations: although people can have hallucinations of non-existent entities (for example hallucinating an object on a table when there actually isn’t an object there at all), typically hallucinations involve distorted perceptions of what you see, hear and feel around you: you may see your ceiling ripple, or feel like you’re touching a completely different texture when touching the top of your hand. Accompanying the hallucinations you may experience, you’ll feel euphoric, at peace, and you may feel a deeper sense of empathy and connection to the living things around you, including people, animals, and plants. You’ll also be very sensitive to light, as your pupils will have dilated, so if you’re planning on being in a brightly lit place during the peak of your shrooms trip, we recommend bringing along a pair of sunnies.

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