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What are Magic Mushrooms?

Updated: May 11, 2021

Magic mushrooms are hallucinogenic fungi that grow wild in the UK and across the world. They contain the psychedelic, psychoactive compound known as psilocybin or psilocin - this is what makes you trip. The main type used recreationally in the UK is the Liberty Cap. Fly Agaric is a less common, stronger type of mushroom containing different psychoactive compounds. Fly Agaric might seem most recognisable in appearance with its red cap and white spots however they can easily be mistaken for some of the most toxic mushrooms in the world.

Magic mushrooms have been used as far back as 9000 B.C. in North African indigenous cultures. It’s believed they were used medicinally and as a way to enter the spiritual world and communicate with the gods.

It wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970’s mushrooms being used for recreational pleasure became popular amongst a wider audience in the UK. During this time, magic mushrooms were seen as a natural alternative to LSD/Acid.

Some recent studies believe that there could be more to magic mushrooms than the psychedelic trip in supervised doses and that mushrooms could potentially help treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD; however, more research is needed on this.


(Wikimedia - Liberty Cap) Magic mushrooms are classified under The Misuse of Drugs Act as a Class A drug. This means possession could lead to seven years in jail, while supplying and dealing them could result in a life sentence.


Nicknames/street names

Shrooms, Mushies, Magics, Liberty Caps, Philosophers Stones & Agaric.


How are they used?

Magic mushrooms are consumed by eating or drinking them. <