The Impact of Mixing Cannabis and Magic Mushrooms | Westword

The Impact of Mixing Cannabis and Mushrooms

What happens to your body after mixing the two?
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Dear Stoner: What happens to people when they mix cannabis and magic mushrooms?
Jesus Scuttlesworth

Dear Jesus Scuttlesworth: Asking for a friend? Don't worry, Imperial College London researchers asked over 300 people that same question. According to their survey, cannabis generally escalated the effects of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, ayahuasca and mescaline — all of which, except for LSD and mescaline derived from peyote (but not other sources), are now decriminalized in Colorado.

However, the majority of participants in the Imperial survey said the benefits of mixing psychedelics and cannabis dropped off with the more weed they used, with their best experiences coming from limited consumption.

Adding cannabis to a large dose of mushrooms can intensify the trip to a point that it's no longer enjoyable, according to research from experts (and me...woof). But combining the two isn't all bad if you know when to do it. I enjoy pairing a few hits of weed with psilocybin's body high as the psychedelic experience is wearing off.
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Cannabis and mushrooms are often paired together, but how do they impact each other?
Different strains and varieties also impact how we feel the effects, since terpenes, alkaloids and potency play roles in how our bodies interact with cannabis and mushrooms. Penis Envy, a popular psychedelic mushroom variety, is prized for big yields and heavy potency, while Golden Teacher is known to be milder on the brain. The same goes for cannabis, which ranges from THC heavyweights like GMO to weaker high-CBD strains.

Eating magic mushrooms can make those of us with weak stomachs feel nauseous, too, so I've often used cannabis before psilocybin to help my gut stay stable. Mushroom nausea may be avoidable, however, by soaking the mushrooms in lemon juice before eating.

The tactic, known as "lemon tek," is utilized to speed up the psilocybin ingestion process by activating psychedelic compounds before digesting them. The conversion required to activate psilocybin would take place in our stomachs otherwise, and could be why we feel sick or "wavy" at times after eating raw mushrooms. Maybe this would lessen the need to smoke weed after eating them.

If you plan to experiment, take it slow and low, with plenty of discretion. No matter what.

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