It’s a calm and comfortable setting, designed to foster relaxation and ease. The lights are dim and soft music plays. A Marine Corps veteran named Alex Beck sits on a couch, wearing eye shades and a pair of headphones. His trained guide, Josh Goldstein, encourages him to relax and let the mushroom trip unfold.
Magic Mushrooms and Spiritual Awakening: Connecting with the Divine Within
A typical experience on magic mushrooms produces feelings of euphoria and well-being. It can also alter a person’s perception of space and time, with close objects appearing further away than they are. Depending on the strength and environment of the dose, hallucinations can occur as well. And if someone takes a large enough amount, it can cause psychosis.
The best way to avoid a bad trip is to be in a good mental state of mind and to take the mushrooms with friends in a safe environment. It’s also a good idea to avoid taking them with other drugs, especially any over-the-counter or prescribed medications, as polydrug use can have unpredictable and dangerous effects. And don’t try to pick your own mushrooms in the wild unless you have the experience and know-how to do so safely.