Can You Mix Cannabis And Magic Mushrooms?
Cannabis and magic mushrooms are all-natural drugs that produce uplifting, euphoric highs. These two substances can be safely consumed together under the right conditions. Many people find that the psychoactive effects produced by these drugs complement one another, leading to a more pleasant and fulfilling experience.
Cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms are both known for their euphoric, mind-altering properties. They have developed a reputation as all-natural drugs—more clean and pure than synthetic alternatives. Since they are so closely linked, many people feel comfortable taking them together at the same time. Doing so is fine, as long as you know what you are doing, and what to expect.
Consuming cannabis and magic mushrooms together can be a lot of fun. Marijuana’s effects can alter those of psilocybin so as to create a more pleasant overall experience for the user. It is important to remember that the kind of cannabis you consume, when exactly you consume it, and how potent it is, will all affect the trip you have. Knowing what effects to expect, and how to handle them, can make the whole experience more safe and pleasant.
THE CANNABIS HIGH
The cannabis plant contains at least 113 different cannabinoids including THC and CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active cannabinoid responsible for the plant’s psychoactive properties. Conversely, cannabidiol (CBD) has been known to dampen some of the effects of THC, making it less intense.
Cannabis is considered to be a “downer” because of its calming, sedative effects. The high it produces can be both euphoric and sedating at the same time. The intensity of these effects will depend largely on the cannabinoid ratio found in the plant being consumed. A higher CBD count, and lower THC count, will result in a less psychoactive and sedative high, for instance. Cannabis’ sedative effects promote relaxation, oftentimes accompanied by heightened sensory perception and a warped sense of time.
Marijuana can have some negative effects on the brain’s short-term ability to function. It is known to negatively affect things like motor function, coordination, and reflexes. It also tends to cause dry mouth and dry eyes, especially in regular users. Moreover, those coming down from a cannabis high typically feel tired, drained, and drowsy. It is important to be mindful of these adverse effects when consuming cannabis.
THE MUSHROOM HIGH
Magic mushrooms induce a euphoric and hallucinogenic high. The primary psychoactive compounds in mushrooms are psilocybin and psilocin. Together, these compounds are responsible for the intense, mind-altering effects that characterise the high.
When consumed, psilocybin is quickly converted to psilocin through metabolisation. Psilocin then acts on serotonin receptors in the brain, partially activating several of them. Psilocin also indirectly increases the concentration of dopamine in the basal ganglia. It is these reactions that are primarily responsible for the strong euphoric sensations experienced when ingesting magic mushrooms.
Psilocybin mushrooms are considered to be “uppers” because of the energising mind and body buzz that they produce. This hallucinogenic high is usually accompanied by giddiness, joy, a distorted perception of time, closed-eye visuals, and out-of-body sensations.
It is believed that magic mushrooms work by rewiring the brain’s information processing pathways. This rewiring can oftentimes lead to intensely strong emotions being experienced during the trip. Sometimes, exceptionally intense trips are compared to profound religious experiences. The average psilocybin trip can last anywhere from 3–6 hours, depending on dosage. However, because of the intensity of the effects, it can feel much, much longer.
There are many possible adverse reactions that one can have during a magic mushroom trip. About a third of mushroom users report experiencing some form of anxiety or paranoia during their high. More acute anxious reactions can sometimes result in nausea or full-blown panic attacks. Other psychological side effects can take the form of depression, lethargy, and disorientation. The physical side effects of psilocybin mushrooms can include restlessness, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, fever, sweats, and chills.
THE EFFECTS OF MIXING BOTH
When combined, cannabis and mushrooms have a synergistic effect. Many people report that the inclusion of cannabis both increases the intensity of their mushroom trip, and keeps them relaxed throughout it.
Mixing magic mushrooms and cannabis can produce an intensely psychedelic high characterised by abstract and thought-provoking visuals and sensations. Marijuana’s calming effects can dull the come-up of a mushroom trip, keeping you more relaxed during the early stages of the high. Moreover, some believe that consuming cannabis can lead to a more intense peak, and can even keep you more relaxed during the come-down stage.
Both mushrooms and cannabis can have an indirect effect on dopamine, a neurotransmitter known as a “feel-good” or “reward” chemical. This effect is capable of producing feelings of motivation and ambition throughout a trip. However, it is also responsible for leading the brain into repetitive or indecisive thought patterns. By consuming both of these substances at the same time, the intensity of these effects will be significantly increased.
Regular users of mushrooms or cannabis may find mixing them to be a very enjoyable experience. Being comfortable with these two substances is crucial to allowing them to facilitate and enhance your exploration of the mind. If you are not comfortable with consuming either, then ingesting them both at the same time is not recommended.
CONTROLLING THE EFFECTS
The influence that marijuana will have on your mushroom experience will depend largely on genetics and dosage. Sativa strains that are high in THC have been known to provide users with extra energy and positivity throughout their trip. Meanwhile, indica strains, or CBD-rich strains, have been known to produce a calming sensation that may reduce anxiety, jitters, or even nausea. Due to the mix of effects they produce, hybrid strains can be somewhat unpredictable.
The timing of cannabis consumption will determine its precise outcomes. If consumed at the very beginning of your trip, cannabis will help to calm you down during the come-up. If consumed near the end, it will help relax you during the come-down. Consuming it during the peak of your mushroom trip can enhance visuals or sensations. If timed strategically, cannabis can help you to better navigate the phases of a mushroom trip that may usually bother you. Remember that cannabis low in THC content will not affect your high as much as potent marijuana containing more cannabinoids.
Combining magic mushrooms and cannabis can be an intensely pleasant experience. However, it is important to do so safely and deliberately. Knowing what to expect, and when to expect it, can go a long way towards reducing anxiety, and allowing you to enjoy the best psychedelic experience possible.
Cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms can be safely mixed together to produce a high that is both more intense, and more calming.
Think Twice Before Smoking Magic Mushrooms
Sure, you can smoke shrooms, but whether or not you get the psychedelic effects you would from eating them is another story.
Dried shrooms can be crushed into a powder and smoked by rolling them up on their own or by mixing them with tobacco or cannabis. Some people also put purified psilocybin crystals into pipes. But neither of these options are a great idea.
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It’s hard to say for sure what happens when you smoke shrooms. There’s not really any research on the subject, so the only reports out there are from people who’ve blazed up and shared their experience on forums like Reddit.
A handful of shroom smokers say it produces a mild high, but nothing close to a trip like you’d get from popping a handful of caps or drinking a tea preparation.
Most others, however, report it being a total waste of time with no effects at all, apart from some nausea.
The absence of any psychological effects could come down to temperature. Psilocybin breaks down at high temperatures, so lighting up shrooms basically kills the main ingredient responsible for the trippy effects.
There are several risks to consider when it comes to smoking shrooms. Then, there are the general risks associated with taking shrooms.
General smoking risks
For one, any type of smoke is bad for your health. All smoke contains harmful toxins and particulates that can damage lung tissue and blood vessels, and increase the risk for lung cancer.
If you smoke shrooms mixed with tobacco, you tack on all the risks associated with that, too.
Smoking shrooms also carries extra risk for your lungs by way of mold spores. Inhaling certain types of mold increases your risk of lung inflammation and infections.
If you have a mold allergy, preexisting lung condition, or a weakened immune system, inhaling certain mold species can have serious health consequences.
If you do happen to experience any of the psychoactive effects of psilocybin after smoking, keep in mind that bad trips are a possibility when you do shrooms.
A bad trip can include disturbing or downright frightening hallucinations, panic, and trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality.
Physical side effects
Shrooms can cause some unpleasant physical effects, too, including:
- increased heart rate and blood pressure
- nausea and vomiting
- increased body temperature
- abdominal cramps and diarrhea
- muscle weakness
- uncoordinated movement
Psychological side effects
When taken in higher doses, shrooms and other hallucinogens alter your perception of reality, which may lead you to do things you wouldn’t normally do.
While you’re unlikely to have much of a trip from smoking shrooms, it’s still a possibility to be prepared for.
Mushrooms are mostly ingested orally, either dry or fresh. Some people eat them as-is, while others add them to other foods. They’re also often steeped in boiling water or tea.
Some people get fancy with their fungi and dip them in chocolate or add them to soups, smoothies, or milkshakes.
Though not as common, some people grind dried shrooms into powder and snort it. But based on first-hand reports online, this isn’t recommended.
There’s no such thing as completely safe substance use (or smoking, for that matter), but there are some things you can do to reduce certain risks.
If you’re going to take shrooms, consider these tips:
- Choose a different method. Seriously, smoking’s generally not the way to go, especially when it comes to shrooms. You probably won’t feel anything. Plus, you could end up inhaling harmful spores.
- Mind your dose. You should start with the lowest dose possible before gradually working your way up. Hallucinogens can be unpredictable, and higher doses increase the chances of a bad trip and adverse effects.
- If you do smoke them, don’t hold your inhale. Inhaling deep and holding the inhale exposes your lungs to toxins for longer periods. If you’re going to smoke shrooms, exhale right away.
- Have a trip-sitter. You should have at least one sober and trustworthy person who can step up if you trip out and need help.
- Pick the right time. Your mood plays a role in your experience when it comes to psychedelics. No matter how you do shrooms, make sure you do them only when you’re in a positive head space.
- Pick the right place. Somewhere safe and familiar is the way to go. It’ll help you relax and keep you safe should you hallucinate or get anxious.
- Stay hydrated. Shrooms can raise your body temp and dry out your mouth. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated before, during, and after your trip. It may also help with the comedown.
- Eat something. Shrooms tend to cause some gastrointestinal discomfort, especially when you eat them. You can reduce your chances of this happening by eating something first.
- Don’t mix. Mixing substances is generally a bad idea because it makes the effects even more unpredictable. This goes for alcohol, too.
When to get help
Above all, make sure you know how to spot trouble. Call 911 right away if you or someone else experiences the following after doing shrooms:
- trouble breathing
- irregular heartbeat
You can smoke shrooms — but if you’re looking to trip, then you’re probably better off getting your shroom on another way.
There’s no scientific evidence that smoking shrooms produces the psychoactive effects associated with psilocybin, but we do know that inhaling any type of smoke is harmful.
Keep in mind that, while hallucinogens typically aren’t considered to be as addictive as other substances, using them regularly can lead to problems in your day-to-day life.
If you’re concerned about your substance use and want to get help, you have options:
- Talk to your primary health care provider (FYI, patient confidentiality laws prevent them from sharing this info with law enforcement).
- Call SAMHSA’s national helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357), or search their online treatment locator.
- Find a support group through the Support Group Project.
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow, or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddleboard.
Magic mushrooms are often eaten or crushed into a powder — but can you smoke shrooms? Smoking shrooms may not give you the psychedelic effects you desire. Any type of smoke is also bad for your health.