How Long Is A Shroom Trip?
A psilocybin mushroom trip usually lasts four to six hours, with the effects becoming stronger during the first two hours and reaching their most intense point in the three to four-hour period. The effects then gradually decrease until the experience ends.
Keep in mind that your perception of time can be warped, so you may feel like the trip is lasting all day when it’s just a few hours. A helpful technique is to note the “dose-time,” or the time you took ingested the mushrooms, to relieve any of the potentially challenging feelings of disorientation. Knowing exactly what time you took mushrooms allows psychedelic explorers to gauge the duration of their experience, even if their perception of time feels altered.
It’s also important to be aware that the intensity of the psychedelic experience will come and go in waves. Therefore, what may seem like the end of the trip might only be a brief pause in the effects, which could become intense again.
Generally, the smaller your mushroom dosage, the shorter your trip. If you’re microdosing mushrooms, the effect may only last a few hours, while macrodosing could last six hours or more.
Microdosing vs Macrodosing
Microdosing is the act of taking very small amounts of a psychedelic substance. The standard dosage for microdosing is about a tenth of the amount needed to macrodose, around 0.1-0.3 grams.
People who include microdosing mushrooms in their weekly regimen have reported increased levels of creativity, energy, focus, and better communication skills and reduced anxiety, stress, and depression. Some people also believe microdosing mushrooms can lead to heightened spiritual awareness and better self-awareness.
Macrodosing is consuming a larger dose of psychedelics to achieve a more intense psychedelic experience. It involves taking a higher dose of psychedelic mushrooms to experience a more intense, longer-lasting trip.
Before taking an intensive trip, clear your head and have blankets, pillows, eyemasks, a journal, and a sitter for your safety. It’s also helpful to turn on ambient music and have water and easy-to-eat snacks prepared to enjoy after the trip.
Other Factors That Can Impact Your Mushroom Trip Length
Other factors that can make shrooms last longer (or shorter) include:
1. Method of Consumption:
How you choose to eat your shrooms can greatly impact your trip length and experience.
For example, lemon tekking – soaking dried, ground psilocybin mushrooms in lemon or lime juice before eating them – can reduce the onset of the mushroom trip from one to two hours to just minutes. The citric acids cause a chemical reaction that breaks down and partially digests the dried shrooms for you, resulting in a shorter onset period, but more pronounced psychedelic experience once ingested.
With lemon tekking, you can start to feel the effects within 10-45 minutes, and your trip would last for six hours.
2. Set & Setting:
Your set is your “mindset” before taking the trip, while your setting is your actual physical surroundings. Both can impact how long your mushroom trips last – or how long it feels like it’s lasting.
Because mushrooms can warp your sense of time, an enjoyable moment may fly by, while a stressful thought that lasts only 30 seconds might feel endless. Trips can heighten all your emotions, so the overall goal of your set and setting is to be in a good physical and mental space before getting started.
It’s possible to develop a tolerance for magic mushrooms, but that depends on if you are using the same type or trying different ones. Tolerance does not typically affect the trip length, however it does affect the intensity.
Developing a tolerance can cause you to increase your dosage to achieve your desired trip. You can increase your dosage. However, you need to be cautious when doing so. If you consume too much, you put yourself at risk of having an experience that is challenging to navigate.
There is also something referred to as short-term tolerance, or tachyphylaxis, which can develop if you attempt to take the same trip too soon after your last one. Your tolerance can also be associated with weight and your overall health. How Long Is A Shroom Trip?
Common Shroom Trip Effects
Psychedelic and hallucinogenic mushrooms have been used for centuries to induce altered states of consciousness.
While the effects of shroom trips can vary depending on the person and type of mushroom, there are some common effects that many people experience:
- Hallucinations or distortions, both visual and auditory
- Heightened mental state
- Increased creativity