Street Names: Boomers, caps, cubes, magic mushrooms, mushrooms, mushies, liberty caps, psilocybes, psilocybin & psilocyn, purple passion, shrooms.
Method of use: Mushrooms can be eaten or brewed and consumed as tea.
Short-term effects: Once ingested, mushrooms generally cause nausea before the desired mental effects appear. The high is mild and may cause altered feelings and distorted perceptions of touch, sight, sound and taste; other effects can include nervousness and paranoia. Effects can differ with each use due to varying potency, amount ingested, and the user’s expectations, mood, surroundings and frame of mind. Like LSD, users may experience enjoyable sensations on one ‘trip,’ while another produces terrifying thoughts, anxiety, fear of insanity, death, or losing control.
Long-term effects: Some users experience flashbacks, or Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD), which are reoccurrences of hallucinations long after ingesting the drug. These may happen after a single experience with the drug; the cause is unknown.
Tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal: Tolerance develops with regular and repeated use. In addition, cross-tolerance occurs with other drugs, including LSD and mescaline. Without a period of abstinence from mushrooms and these other drugs, no amount of hallucinogens will produce a psychedelic effect. After discontinuing use for a period, initial effects can be achieved again. There are no reports that psilocybin mushrooms are psychologically or physically addictive, and they do not lead to dependence.
Other drugs with this classification: Same as LSD.