What are magic mushrooms?

Magic mushrooms are a group of mushrooms that contain the psychedelic prodrug compound Psilocybin. Mankind has used them for millennia, and recently they have become popular as a recreational and medicinal substance. Magic mushrooms have been known to induce feelings of euphoria, powerful hallucinations, self-discovery, understanding, and ego-dissolution. Recent studies suggest that they have neuroregenerative properties, and may be a potential cure for depression and various addictions.

Two Mazatapec psilocybin mushrooms
Shroomiez Mazatapec mushrooms
Three Koh-Samui mushroom gills
Shroomiez Thai Koh Samui mushrooms

Psilocybin mushrooms have long been intertwined with human civilization, from prehistoric cave paintings to pre-Columbian sculptures and glyphs. They were consumed in ceremonies and spiritual rituals, Aztecs referred to them as the "flesh of the gods." Notable mycologists including Paul Stamets infer that magic mushrooms are the reason we are here today. In what's known as the Stoned Ape Theory, they suggest that psilocybin was the catalyst in the primitive brain expanding its information processing ability, and evolving.

Pre-Columbian Mayan mushroom stones from Guatemala
Mayan mushroom stones discovered in Guatemala

For the first time, psilocybin was isolated as the active ingredient in magic psychoactive mushrooms in 1958. After this discovery, psilocybin was briefly sold by pharmaceutical companies as a treatment for addiction, anxiety, and depression, until the “war on drugs” began in the 1970s. 

B+ Flush of magic mushrooms
Shroomiez magic mushrooms

Magic mushrooms have recently been staging a comeback. Public opinion has again shifted and researches are returning to psychedelics as potential solutions to many mental health issues. As psychedelics are currently going through FDA trials, leading scientists are projecting that psilocybin will be available for prescription within the next five years.

Mushroom Studies

There's always new and exciting studies in the mushroom community! Learn about recent psilocybin discoveries at the links below

Microdosing study

Psilocybin reduces depressive symptoms for at least two weeks, study finds

December 28, 2022 by Robin von Rotz, Eva M. Schindowski, Johannes Jungwirth, Anna Schuldt, Nathalie M. Rieser, Katharina Zahoranszky

A single dose of the psychedelic drug psilocybin combined with supportive counseling leads to significant reductions in depressive symptoms, according to a new double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Microdosing study

Psychedelic spurs growth of neural connections lost in depression

July 5, 2021 by Bill Hathaway 

Yale researchers show that a single dose of psilocybin given to mice
prompted an immediate and long-lasting increase in connections between neurons.

Microdosing study

Microdosing associated with increases in conscientiousness and reductions in neuroticism

April 2, 2021 by Hannah M Dressler 

A study reveals that a greater amount of experience with microdosing was associated with lower levels of neuroticism among the 76 participants.

Altered brain function on psilocybin

Emotions and brain function are altered up to one month after a single high dose of psilocybin

February 10, 2020 by Frederick S. Barrett, Manoj K. Doss, Roland R. Griffiths 

Studies suggest that psilocybin may have efficacy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, tobacco use disorder, and alcohol use disorder. Reduction of clinical symptoms has been shown to last up to 3, 6, and 12 months after 1-3 psilocybin administrations.

Reset brain on magic mushrooms by Imperial College London

Magic mushrooms may 'reset' the brains of depressed patients

October 13, 2017 by Imperial College London

Comparison of images of patients' brains before and one day after they received the drug treatment revealed changes in brain activity that were associated with marked and lasting reductions in depressive symptoms.

Hyperconnected brain on psilocybin mushrooms

Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain

October 29, 2014 by Tia Ghose

The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together."

Magic mushroom growing in forest

Hallucinogen in Mushrooms Creates Universal "Mystical" Experience

July 11, 2006 by Johns Hopkins Medicine

Two months later, 79 percent of subjects reported moderately or greatly increased well-being or life satisfaction compared with those given a placebo at the same test session. A majority said their mood, attitudes and behaviors had changed for the better.