About Psilocybin Mushrooms

Select section:

What do comedowns from psilocybin mushrooms feel like, and how can you feel better?

Similar to other psychedelics like LSD, there is not often a big physical comedown from psilocybin mushrooms. Most of the effects of the comedown from these drugs are mental and emotional. How long the comedown lasts and how unpleasant you feel can depend on many factors including what type of mushroom you took, how much and your state of mind when you used. The effects of mushrooms and their comedown usually disappear 24 hours after ingesting them.

If you …

Then …

Experience ‘shroom glow’ (feeling of peace and relaxation when the effects of a trip wear off)

Have headaches

Feel anxious

Feel unsettled or agitated

Have feelings of sadness about the trip ending

Feel tired

Feel ‘brain fried’ or having difficulty concentrating or thinking

Experience low mood

Feel dehydrated

Have difficulty sleeping

Have racing thoughts

Feel sweaty or very hot

Have trouble adjusting to reality or understanding what is real and what is not

Try these things at home:

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Remember to eat and drink plenty of water.
  • Get moving to release feel-good brain chemicals.
  • Reach out and talk with friends and whānau for support.
  • Relax and do things that you enjoy to take your mind off not feeling well.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Practise mindfulness and deep breathing, and try writing down your thoughts and feelings.

Feel severely tired

Are very dehydrated

Feel increased sweatiness or have a fever

Feel severely anxious

Experience intense low mood

Experience ‘flashback’ hallucinations

Feel like you are going crazy

Have severe headaches or migraines

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

They can talk you through the next steps.


Experience psychosis

Have severe or dangerous flashbacks

Are severely dehydrated

Call 111

These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.

Related stories

Calling an ambulance during lockdown - advice from a paramedic

Wondering what happens if you need an ambulance during lockdown? Blake Murray from St John answers your questions.

Popping the bubble: Quick tips if you're choosing to use drugs in Level 2

It can be a bit weird adjusting back to life outside your bubble, so we’ve pulled togther a few key tips to help you out if you choose to use drugs.

High-minded: how mental health can affect your high

For Mental Health Awareness Week, we talked to Phil Glaser, one of the team behind The Level, about how your state of mind has a bigger impact on your trip than you might think.

Find another drug