About Psilocybin Mushrooms

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What can psilocybin mushrooms feel like?

The effects of psilocybin mushrooms can vary depending on the type of mushroom. Like many psychedelic drugs, mushrooms can be a positive experience for some and a challenging experience for others, depending on your state of mind. They can make you hallucinate and feel euphoric, energised, anxious or nauseous.

Below are the pleasant and unpleasant effects from psilocybin mushrooms. This does not include other psychoactive mushrooms like fly agaric mushrooms or if you accidentally consume a poisonous mushroom.

Remember, a low dose for one person can be a high dose for another as people’s bodies process drugs differently.

Also keep in mind that, when mixed with alcohol or other drugs, psilocybin mushrooms can have different effects to those listed below.

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects




Mild hallucinations, ‘visuals’



In awe of people and things around you

Having ‘spiritual’ experiences

Feeling connected to people or nature

Dilated pupils



Mild headaches



Mildly paranoid

Unpleasant hallucinations




Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects

Pleasant hallucinations

Distortion of sense of time, place and self (can be pleasant for some people)

Increased euphoria

Intense connectedness

Intense spiritual experiences

Having positive realisations about yourself or the world around you

Increased lack of coordination

Distortion of sense of time, place and self (can be unpleasant for some people)

Weakness in your body

Fast or irregular heartbeat

Sweating or feeling very hot

Breathing quickly or irregularly


Increasingly anxious

Unpleasant hallucinations

Increasingly paranoid

Feeling panicked or having panic attacks

Severely nauseous


Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects

Intense hallucinations

Intense euphoria

Intense mental and spiritual experiences and revelations

Severe weakness in your body

Full or partial paralysis of the body

Severe vomiting

Severely paranoid


Intense panic attacks

Extreme emotional distress

Losing consciousness


An Erowid user talks about their first experience using psilocybin mushrooms and their mixed emotions of euphoria and fear:

“I sat down in a comfortable chair after both me and my buddy had our drugs. The first thing that I noticed was that the walls began to breathe. Ecstatic emotion shivered down my body as I realized that the mushrooms were doing things to me.”

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