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How Long Does It Take For Shrooms To Kick In? Major Effects

How long for shrooms to kick in? The answer to this question entirely depends on various factors such as detection window, metabolic rate, the amount ...

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How long for shrooms to kick in? The answer to this question entirely depends on various factors such as detection window, metabolic rate, the amount of shrooms consumed, the quantity of food you have eaten, and the presence of addictive substances in your body. 

According to Jeremy Arzt, a California-based licensed marriage and family therapist, most people will feel the effects of shrooms after 30 to 60 minutes of intake. However, the effects can last for a while, you may experience shroom’s effects for up to 6 hours. Here is an essay that analyses the facts about shrooms and their effects. 

What Is Shrooms?

    Shrooms is a slang name given for mushrooms containing psychoactive compounds such as psilocybin and psilocin. They are widely known as magic mushrooms or psychedelic mushrooms.

    People have been using magic mushrooms for centuries for spiritual, ceremonial, and recreational purposes. The two compounds found in this particular mushroom can trigger hallucinations or delusions.

    The psilocybin can induce an altered state of consciousness such as hallucinations, euphoria, and altered perception of time and reality. These effects may occur due to the stimulation of serotonin receptors in the brain. Modern research has tested the therapeutic potential of magic mushrooms and come up with promising results. 


    Studies have found that psilocybin can treat mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The legal status of shrooms varies by country and jurisdiction.

    Various US states have decriminalized or legalized shrooms now. However, the recreational use of magic mushrooms carries some health risks as well. Excessive use may lead to panic attacks, paranoia, and even psychosis. A person with underlying mental health issues should not use psychedelic mushrooms without supervision.

    How Long For Shrooms To Kick In? Keys Factors & Side Effects

      How long for shrooms to kick in is a frequently asked question. Typically it will take 30 minutes to an hour to take the effects of magic mushrooms. The following factors can influence the time the mushrooms take to kick in.

      • An individual’s metabolism
      • The dose ingested by the person
      • The amount of food taken with the shrooms
      • Whether the mushrooms are eaten on an empty stomach

      Depending on the above-mentioned factors, the time to take the effects may vary individually. Once the shrooms get inside the system, the active compounds will get metabolized by the body and cross the blood-brain barrier.

      The effects will take place as the psilocybin starts to interact with the serotonin receptors in the brain

      The strength of the shrooms can vary depending on freshness. Most people experience a change in their perception. It can alter an individual’s mood and consciousness. These effects commonly fit the umbrella term ‘psychedelic experience’.

      The intensity and duration of these effects will also vary. Jeremy Arzt points out that these effects can last for a while even up to 6 to 7 hours. Eating magic mushrooms may produce the following effects.

      • The world may appear distorted or have mild visual distortion
      • Significant changes in the mood
      • Sense of heightened awareness
      • Profound hallucinations
      • Ego dissolution
      • Altered perceptions of time and reality.
      • Feeling giggly and euphoric
      • A boost in the energy level
      • The sudden feeling of excitement

      Some people may undergo severe effects as a result of shroom consumption. A few individuals may experience vomiting, paranoia, panic, and an overwhelmed feeling. It depends on the dose and freshness of the mushroom.

      Sometimes factors such as individual tolerance, the strain of the mushroom, and the presence of other substances in the body influence the onset of the psychedelic experience.

      Once you start to experience all the effects of psychedelic mushrooms, it may last for anywhere between four to eight hours based on individual factors. How you feel after ingestion completely relies on how much you take, your surroundings, who you are with, and your mood. 

      So in general, avoid taking shrooms if you are in a bad mood or depressed. It may result in the intensification of the mood or your current mental state. 

      So one must approach magic mushrooms with extreme caution. You should take it in a safe and supportive environment. Always be mindful of dosage, setting, and mental state. If you are using it for therapeutic purposes, consult a medical health professional for personalized guidance and evaluation. 

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      It will take 30 or 60 minutes for shrooms to take effect after you take it. You need to be aware that the full psychedelic effect will last up to 6 hours or more.

      Elements like dosage, weight, metabolism, freshness of the shroom, strain, the presence of other drugs in the system, and individual sensitivity will influence the time and intensity of the effects. Heavy dosage can lead to complications as well. If you feel like you are having a bad trip get help as soon as possible. 


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      2. NIH (n.d) Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life Available Online at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/

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