Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

Also called: magic mushrooms, liberties, magics, mushies, and shrooms.

How they are used

Shrooms are small hallucinogenic mushrooms which grow in Ireland. You can eat them raw, dried, cooked or stewed. Psilocybe and Amanita Muscaria are the two most common varieties but they are different types of mushrooms with different effects.

Psilocybe mushrooms (psilocybe semilanceata, psilocybin)

Short-term effects:

  • Effects vary and begin 30 minutes to two hours after you take them
  • Effects can last up to nine hours
  • Your experience depends on how you are feeling when you take them so it may be good or bad
  • They can distort color, sound and objects
  • They can speed up and slow down time and movement perception
  • They can make you feel more creative enlightened
  • You may feel sick, tired and disoriented

Amanita mushrooms (A muscaria and A pantherina, panther cap, amani agaric, fly agaric)

Short-term effects:

  • You will start to feel the effects after 30 minutes, and peak after 2-3 hours
  • Very powerful hallucinations
  • Amanita can give a sort of out of body experience, you may 'smell words' and 'taste colors'
  • Alcohol-like euphoria
  • Deep sleep with vivid dreams
  • Slurred speech and poor coordination
  • Convulsions, muscle twisting
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Long-term effects

  • Flashbacks
  • Anxiety

Other dangers

  • There are hundreds of varieties of mushrooms and some are highly poisonous so you could get sick or die if you eat the wrong ones
  • As with all drugs, magic mushrooms can trigger underlying mental health problems


Not physically addictive but you can build tolerance, which may lead to increased use over time