Dr. Cali Estes Discusses Potential Risks of Using ‘Magic’ Mushrooms with INSIDER.

Dr. Cali Estes Discusses Potential Risks of Using ‘Magic’ Mushrooms with INSIDER.


Magic Mushrooms have been used recently to quell health issues including bipolar and depression, BUT are they SAFE? Tune in to see what Dr. Cali Estes has to say below.

10 potential risks of taking ‘magic’ mushrooms

Sophia Mitrokostas    INSIDER

Jan. 24, 2019, 2:20 PM

Magic mushrooms, also known as shrooms, are hallucinogenic fungi that have long been used by some cultures as a spiritual aid and have grown in popularity as a recreational drug.

Magic mushrooms contain a compound called psilocybin that, when ingested, becomes psilocin. This chemical activates serotonin receptors in your brain, triggering vivid hallucinations, a sense of euphoria, and changes in your perception of space and time.

Because they can be found growing in the wild, magic mushrooms are sometimes thought of as a safe alternative to harder drugs. There are, however, still potential risks associated with tripping on these psychedelic fungi.

Further, it’s important to note that the limited studies done on magic mushrooms, or psychedelics in general, are done in a controlled environment with a controlled dosage and those using the drugs recreationally likely will have different outcomes.

INSIDER consulted with two drug and addiction experts to learn more about the risks of taking magic mushrooms recreationally.

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