There is no denying how cannabis and psilocybin have grown in popularity in the last decade. We can see a renaissance across Canada, the US, and other parts of the world. Both of these compounds have immense therapeutic benefits as well as recreational potential. Additionally, weed and shrooms enthusiasts can easily access their favorite plant/fungi across the country. With so much focus on these two, a serious question arises. Can they be taken together or should one stick to one at a time? This piece tries to answer this question, but first…
How does cannabis and magic mushrooms affect consumers?
The effects and intensity of the effects resulting from cannabis use can vary depending on the following factors;
- Frequency of consumption
- Method of ingesting cannabis
- The dosage taken
- The type of strain (Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid)
- How potent the strain is
The effects kick in within 5 minutes to 90minutes depending on the consumption method. Vaping and smoking have an onset of 5-15 minutes, while edibles can take 30 to 90 minutes. Cannabis can make you relaxed and calm or energetic, productive, and focused. Other effects include;
- Increased appetite due to the munchies
- Elevated heart rate
- Heightened senses
- Openness to new ideas
- Dry mouth
Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin)
Like Cannabis, Psilocybin Cubensis mushrooms also have numerous therapeutic and recreational potential. They help improve focus, combat depression, alleviate anxiety, and regenerate neural connections. Shrooms can be taken in many forms, including edibles, capsules, raw, or as edibles. The effects kick in 30 to 60 minutes and last for 4 to 8 hours.
A shroom-induced trip can be positive or negative depending on factors such as the dosage taken, your mental state, the company you have around, and your expectations. Shrooms alter one’s perception of the world around them, which may lead to the following.
- Things and people appear distorted.
- Time and self-perception are altered.
- Melting or moving of stationary objects
- In some cases, spiritual awakening and philosophical enlightenment
- Increased heart rate
- Unstable body temperature
Can magic mushrooms and cannabis be taken together?
The experience you have with combining shrooms and cannabis depends on the timing and cannabis variety used. For example, CBD-rich strains will help combat nausea and heightened anxiety caused by shrooms. THC-rich strains intensify the trip by fostering increased auditory and visual hallucinations (might be good or unpleasant depending on the consumer’s level of experience with shrooms).
Taking cannabis before a trip
As highlighted above, cannabis can help with nausea and anxiety. Taking it before a shrooms trip can help alleviate these conditions and get you ready for the trip. New shroom consumers should avoid mixing the two until they experience mushrooms to gauge their effect on them.
Taking cannabis during a trip
When cannabis is taken around 2 hours after the trip begins, it can help intensify the experience—mushroom trips peak at roughly 2 hours after consumption.
Taking cannabis as the trip ends
Taking cannabis during the 3rd or 4th hours of tripping may help prolong the experience. It’s around these hours that the shroom’s effects begin to fade.
Cannabis can help alleviate anxiety and nausea during a mushroom trip. It can also reinforce the trip by intensifying the auditory and visual hallucinations. Mixing the two is best left to experienced shroom consumers. Amateur mushroom consumers should first experience how shrooms affect them before mixing them with anything else.
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