About Psilocybin Mushrooms
What happens if you use psilocybin mushrooms often?
For people who use psilocybin mushrooms from time to time, there are unlikely to be long-term effects. However, people who use these drugs heavily or often may be more likely to experience long-term impacts, mainly on their mental health. Research also suggests that some of the long-term psychological effects from using psilocybin mushrooms may be related to underlying mental health conditions. These drugs have a low addiction potential, but it is still possible to become addicted or dependent on psilocybin mushrooms.
Though rare, psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms can cause a condition called hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) , sometimes called ‘flashbacks’. With HPPD, you may find that you have times where your perception and senses suddenly become distorted – this might be what you see, feel, hear or taste. You may have visual hallucinations, see halos of light around objects or see flashes of colour. These can last anywhere from a few seconds to several days (or longer in some severe cases). The research is not clear on how or why these happen or how common it is to experience HPPD, but it can be managed with some prescription medicines and with psychological support.
Psilocybin mushrooms may also have longer-term effects on your brain, sometimes after only one use. One study found that people were more positive for up to a month after a high dose of mushrooms. For other people, a bad trip may leave them feeling depressed or anxious. Psilocybin mushrooms can also contribute to problems with memory, anxiety and depression. It is important to keep in mind that the research on long-term effects of these drugs is very limited.
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