Magic mushrooms or ‘shrooms’, in English, and ‘paddos,’ in Dutch, is the collective term for mushrooms which influence the mind. Magic mushrooms can thus cause hallucinations: The user sees and experiences things which are not there. Magic mushrooms are therefore counted among the hallucinogens. Other hallucinogens also occur in nature, including certain types of cactuses and herbs. Taken together, these substances are called ‘ecodrugs.’
Magic mushrooms and parts of them can be eaten either fresh or dried. They can also be used to make tea. And sometimes they are incorporated into food dishes.
- Addictive? Psychologically, but not physically.
- Increasingly more needed for the same effect? Yes, in the short-term; when the substance is again used within a few days, the effects are virtually unnoticeable. No, after a longer intervening period.
- Short-term effects: Magnification of current emotions, visual hallucinations, distortion and sometimes complete alteration of perceptions of time and space.
- Long-term effects: Development of mental disorders among those susceptible to such (anxiety, psychosis).
- Important: Danger of misjudging the environment. Panic can arise as a consequence of the strong ‘trip.’ User can ‘freak out.’