What does the word ‘mushroom’ remind you of?
Do you want to dive into the world of mushrooms?
Mushroom is a fungus that you can add to your pizza, soups, and pasta without the risk of getting a fungal infection. This world of mushrooms doesn’t end here; it has more to it, including the mushrooms with psychoactive properties, known as Shrooms, Psychedelic mushrooms, Psilocybin Mushrooms, or Magic mushrooms.
Over 180 types of psychedelic mushrooms are there, and one of the best ways of consuming these shrooms is mushroom tea. If you are one of those who wish to try this tea, but still surfing online, struggling to find ‘how long does it take for mushroom tea to kick in?’ then you are at the right place.
You may find contrasting information on the internet regarding how long a shroom tea trip lasts, primarily because people experienced a variable duration of shroom trip. This read will help you get past all the confusion and reach a conclusion for yourself.
Ready to explore the shroom world?
If you want to dive into another world to take a break from reality, then magic mushroom tea has unique psychoactive properties due to psilocybin that is present in these mushrooms. The psilocybin, along with other psychoactive agents present in these mushrooms, can make you feel high, also popularly know as the shroom trip. But the question persists, For how long?
How long does it take for mushroom tea to kick in?
Although variable feedbacks are present on the internet regarding the time taken by the mushroom tea effects to kick in, on average, approximately within 30-60 minutes, the effects sink in.
There are a number of factors that govern this duration. These factors may either delay the effects or may help your shroom tea to kick in earlier than the average time taken (30-60 minutes).
Factors Affecting the Shroom Tea Trip
Who isn’t eager to immerse into the effects of mushroom tea right after gulping down the first sip of the tea?
But technically speaking, the psychoactive agents like psilocybin and psilocin need time to get you on the ‘high’ road. Although psilocin works right away, psilocybin needs to be first converted into a more active metabolite, psilocin, before it can impart its effects.
Before setting your expectation from a cup of shroom tea, let us reflect light on some of the factors that can help you determine the duration yourself. This will help you be to be the king of yourself as you will be able to decide what type of shroom tea experience you want just by playing with the factors that can affect the shroom tea trip.
Here we have a summarised overview for you!
Type of Magic Mushroom
The strain of mushroom you select for your shroom trip affects the overall experience, including the time to kick in, the duration, and the effects. The popular strains of psychedelic mushrooms include Psilocybe semilanceata, Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe baeocystis, Copelandia cyanescens, Psilocybe pelliculosa, truffles (Psilocybe tampanensis), reishi, Chaga, etc.
Out of the types mentioned above, liberty caps (Psilocybe semilanceata) and Copelandia cyanescens are known to give a potent trip!
The Dose of Shroom
The amount of Shroom added to the tea largely affects the potency of the tea, and the time it takes to kick in.
You may add as little as 1 gram of mushroom to your tea or as high as 5 grams, depending upon whether you are first-timer or regular use and also depending upon your personal preference. Larger doses make a more robust tea, thus earlier onset, potent effects, and prolonger duration.
A less talked about factor that influences the tea is whether the Shrooms are being reused to brew the tea or not. Reusing the same batch of magic mushrooms that have been used once to brew, dampens the overall experience.
Dried to Fresh Shrooms
Dried mushrooms have seen to be more effective in making a stronger tea, as compared to fresher ones. Moreover, dried mushrooms are easier to weigh because you don’t have to worry about the water weight, so lesser chances of over- or under-dosing, thus, lesser variations in the time taken for your mushroom tea to kick in each time.
Timing of Consuming Mushroom Tea
The status of your stomach greatly affects the absorption of the psychoactive agents in the tea; therefore, it affects the time taken by the mushroom tea to kick in.
Taking mushroom tea in a full stomach may take up to 2 hours before you can fly on the shroom trip, whereas taking shroom tea on an empty stomach helps the effects to kick in as early as 10-15 minutes.
Now you can decide the timing of your mushroom tea trip!
Adding citric acid to the tea helps the tea to kick in earlier.
Out of the two primary psychoactive agents, psilocybin and psilocin, psilocybin has to be first converted to psilocin before it can impart its effects. Adding lemon juice or other acidic substances, help the conversion of psilocybin to occur even faster, thereby jump-starting the effects of mushroom tea. In fact, the psychoactive agents with acids can become active in the cup, even before you have taken your first sip.
This helps you to omit the wait time of 30-60 minutes before your shroom trip can begin.
After knowing all these ways of setting your own trip time and making your tea more potent, we are left with the question:
Why Have Shroom Tea?
With the mushrooms available for eating as it is, why take the burden of brewing the tea?
There are multiple reasons for you to try mushroom tea despite having the mushroom at hand to eat as they are.
The first and foremost reason is that the mushroom tea is tastier compared to when you eat the shrooms. Also, you can add lemon or other flavors to your shroom tea to modify the taste as per your preference.
The benefit of having shroom tea is that it kicks in earlier. Magic mushroom, when eaten, takes comparatively longer to kick in. Shroom tea effects can be felt as early as the first few sips- before you can finish your cup.
Users have reported lesser stomach upset with mushroom tea. This is one of the reasons people prefer consuming psychedelic mushrooms as shroom tea to avoid gastrointestinal side effects.
Last but not least, it is suitable for first-timers.
Beginners are more comfortable with the mushroom tea as compared to eating the Shroom for the first time. The tea helps you assess your body response to the psychedelic mushrooms; then, you can decide whether or not eating the mushrooms is safer for you.
You can freeze your left-over mushroom tea safely into ice cubes!
Effects of Mushroom Tea
Mushroom tea is good for you if you wish to take a break from the real-world and immerse yourself in a relaxed zone. It gives you a feeling of happiness and peace, where there is no place for depression. Users have reported feeling pleasure, giggly, and trippy soon after consuming tea. However, when taken excessively, it can induce paranoia, hallucinations, and clouded cognition.
Apart from these psychological effects, it has some health benefits too.
Since mushrooms are full of antioxidants and fiber, shroom tea can give you loads of antioxidants that help you maintain a healthy heart, skin and prevent you from chronic diseases.
The antioxidant property of mushrooms keeps you young! It has anti-aging effects.
Mushrooms have been used in herbal medicine for ages. It has been a herbal remedy for many infections and diseases. It fights cancer, inflammation, and maintains optimal levels of cholesterol and blood sugar in the body.
Side Effects of mushroom tea
Mushroom tea is not about the benefits only; there is another side of the picture too, that depicts the hazards.
Psychedelic mushrooms can induce vivid hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, and drowsiness. Some mushrooms can also cause bleeding in patients with bleeding disorders and can interact with drugs such as anti-coagulants and anti-hypertensives. Other shrooms can lower blood pressure and be harmful to pregnant and nursing mothers.
In a nutshell, mushroom tea can take you to a relaxed world within 30-60 minutes of sipping the tea or even as early as 15 minutes if you squeeze some lemon in your tea.
The mushroom tea is not only good for your psychological health but also has health benefits too. However, extreme caution is required if you are already on medications or already have some chronic disease.
Try not to overdose, take the minimum allowed dose first, then you can increase the dose once your body is well-acquainted. Above all, know the legal status of psychedelic mushrooms in your country of residence before brewing mushroom tea for yourself.