Long Term Effects of Shrooms

Psilocybin is naturally-occurring hallucinogen that’s found in some types of wild mushrooms. Those “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms” can give a user a transcendent experience that is difficult to describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it. While the short term effects of shrooms can be profound and obvious, less is known about the potential long term effects of shrooms.

long term effects of shrooms
Hallucinogenic mushrooms contain psilcybin, psilocin, and baeocystin

Long Term Effects of Shrooms on the Brain

There haven’t been many recent studies on the effects of shrooms, mostly because they are considered illegal substances with no medical purpose. Because of this, it’s difficult to say what the long term effects of shrooms on the brain really are. The experience of tripping, especially a bad trip, can trigger feelings of depression, anxiety, or psychosis in extreme cases. It’s unknown whether the psilocybin causes those symptoms or whether mental illness was already present.

There have been a handful of studies, however, that suggest shrooms could cause positive long term effects on the brain. One study showed that psilocybin caused long term, and perhaps permanent, changes to a user’s personality by making them more open to new experiences and more empathetic. Another study showed that shrooms helped lessen the depression and anxiety of terminal cancer patients for at least several months after taking them. It’s important to note that these studies were performed in very controlled environments to minimize the risk of a bad trip as much as possible.

Another possibility is flashbacks. People who have used shrooms might experience flashbacks in which they feel the physical or mental effects of taking shrooms suddenly and without ingesting them. Oftentimes stress or other substances can initiate flashbacks. Very rarely, some people may develop Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD) in which flashbacks are chronic. It’s unknown why some people have flashbacks or HPPD and others don’t.

Long Term Effects of Shrooms on the Body

The physical long term effects of shrooms are also elusive. It is known that the more psilocybin a person ingests, the more of a tolerance they build up to it. If a person takes enough shrooms in a short period of time, they will stop feeling any effects from them at all until they stop ingesting them for at least several days. Physical addiction does not occur, but psychological addiction is a possibility.

Another physical risk of taking mushrooms is poisoning if the wrong shrooms are taken. If a person ingests poisonous shrooms by accident they can have many bad side effects. A potential lasting side effect of taking toxic mushrooms is liver damage, which could be fatal.

Most of the long term physical effects of shrooms are related to decisions a person made while tripping. Because shrooms can lower inhibitions and increase feelings of euphoria, a person might take bigger risks, like attempting dangerous physical feats or having unprotected sex. Injuries, broken bones, and STDs could affect a person long after their trip is over.

Every individual can experience different short and long term effects of shrooms. There are many factors that can influence the effects a person feels, such as their weight, environment, expectations, brain chemistry, pre-existing conditions, or medications taken.


  1. Sofia says

    So I took shrooms at the end of august 2015. It lasted about 5 hours and it was awful. I just had a bad trip, i was scared and my mind was racing. I threw p and then it ended about 20 minutes after. Now its September 30th 2015 and I get random body highs from it. It’s the same gut sinking feeling. I hate it, i get bad dreams from it and i get anxiety. I’m sure it will go away eventually but right now it sucks.

  2. alex says

    I have been consuming mushrooms for over 2 years now, and I really haven’t had any sort of really bad of a trip, sometimes when a low level of a bad trip was beginning to happen (very rare) it started getting better and eventually became a really good trip, when for example I used relaxing music and eating sweet caramel candies sometimes smoking marijuana before consuming mushrooms helps you to not have a bad trip since it makes your mood better. Mushroom’s bad trip also can depend on the situation that you are in at the moment, if you had any bad accidents or something that makes you upset, or someone that you have lost lately.. you are better off not taking shrooms at that time! because it really will increase the chance of a bad trip, I have taken shrooms for kind of a long time and I never had any dependency on it I can go for months even years not taking it. Also I never had any flash backs. Sometimes I have thought about the trips I have had and sometimes saw pictures of my previous trip in my head but I never had any flash backs which I would actually trip.. I think shrooms are a lot better than lsd since they are not a chemical and they don’t even have any bad side effects as its said on reliable web sources such as Wikipedia or just Google.. and you can give it a try for once it really wont hurt u at all at least for sure not for the first time of use.

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