Can You Mix Cannabis And Magic Mushrooms?
Cannabis and magic mushrooms are all-natural drugs that produce uplifting, euphoric highs. These two substances can be safely consumed together under the right conditions. Many people find that the psychoactive effects produced by these drugs complement one another, leading to a more pleasant and fulfilling experience.
Cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms are both known for their euphoric, mind-altering properties. They have developed a reputation as all-natural drugs—more clean and pure than synthetic alternatives. Since they are so closely linked, many people feel comfortable taking them together at the same time. Doing so is fine, as long as you know what you are doing, and what to expect.
Consuming cannabis and magic mushrooms together can be a lot of fun. Marijuana’s effects can alter those of psilocybin so as to create a more pleasant overall experience for the user. It is important to remember that the kind of cannabis you consume, when exactly you consume it, and how potent it is, will all affect the trip you have. Knowing what effects to expect, and how to handle them, can make the whole experience more safe and pleasant.
THE CANNABIS HIGH
The cannabis plant contains at least 113 different cannabinoids including THC and CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active cannabinoid responsible for the plant’s psychoactive properties. Conversely, cannabidiol (CBD) has been known to dampen some of the effects of THC, making it less intense.
Cannabis is considered to be a “downer” because of its calming, sedative effects. The high it produces can be both euphoric and sedating at the same time. The intensity of these effects will depend largely on the cannabinoid ratio found in the plant being consumed. A higher CBD count, and lower THC count, will result in a less psychoactive and sedative high, for instance. Cannabis’ sedative effects promote relaxation, oftentimes accompanied by heightened sensory perception and a warped sense of time.
Marijuana can have some negative effects on the brain’s short-term ability to function. It is known to negatively affect things like motor function, coordination, and reflexes. It also tends to cause dry mouth and dry eyes, especially in regular users. Moreover, those coming down from a cannabis high typically feel tired, drained, and drowsy. It is important to be mindful of these adverse effects when consuming cannabis.
THE MUSHROOM HIGH
Magic mushrooms induce a euphoric and hallucinogenic high. The primary psychoactive compounds in mushrooms are psilocybin and psilocin. Together, these compounds are responsible for the intense, mind-altering effects that characterise the high.
When consumed, psilocybin is quickly converted to psilocin through metabolisation. Psilocin then acts on serotonin receptors in the brain, partially activating several of them. Psilocin also indirectly increases the concentration of dopamine in the basal ganglia. It is these reactions that are primarily responsible for the strong euphoric sensations experienced when ingesting magic mushrooms.
Psilocybin mushrooms are considered to be “uppers” because of the energising mind and body buzz that they produce. This hallucinogenic high is usually accompanied by giddiness, joy, a distorted perception of time, closed-eye visuals, and out-of-body sensations.
It is believed that magic mushrooms work by rewiring the brain’s information processing pathways. This rewiring can oftentimes lead to intensely strong emotions being experienced during the trip. Sometimes, exceptionally intense trips are compared to profound religious experiences. The average psilocybin trip can last anywhere from 3–6 hours, depending on dosage. However, because of the intensity of the effects, it can feel much, much longer.
There are many possible adverse reactions that one can have during a magic mushroom trip. About a third of mushroom users report experiencing some form of anxiety or paranoia during their high. More acute anxious reactions can sometimes result in nausea or full-blown panic attacks. Other psychological side effects can take the form of depression, lethargy, and disorientation. The physical side effects of psilocybin mushrooms can include restlessness, dilated pupils, increased body temperature, fever, sweats, and chills.
THE EFFECTS OF MIXING BOTH
When combined, cannabis and mushrooms have a synergistic effect. Many people report that the inclusion of cannabis both increases the intensity of their mushroom trip, and keeps them relaxed throughout it.
Mixing magic mushrooms and cannabis can produce an intensely psychedelic high characterised by abstract and thought-provoking visuals and sensations. Marijuana’s calming effects can dull the come-up of a mushroom trip, keeping you more relaxed during the early stages of the high. Moreover, some believe that consuming cannabis can lead to a more intense peak, and can even keep you more relaxed during the come-down stage.
Both mushrooms and cannabis can have an indirect effect on dopamine, a neurotransmitter known as a “feel-good” or “reward” chemical. This effect is capable of producing feelings of motivation and ambition throughout a trip. However, it is also responsible for leading the brain into repetitive or indecisive thought patterns. By consuming both of these substances at the same time, the intensity of these effects will be significantly increased.
Regular users of mushrooms or cannabis may find mixing them to be a very enjoyable experience. Being comfortable with these two substances is crucial to allowing them to facilitate and enhance your exploration of the mind. If you are not comfortable with consuming either, then ingesting them both at the same time is not recommended.
CONTROLLING THE EFFECTS
The influence that marijuana will have on your mushroom experience will depend largely on genetics and dosage. Sativa strains that are high in THC have been known to provide users with extra energy and positivity throughout their trip. Meanwhile, indica strains, or CBD-rich strains, have been known to produce a calming sensation that may reduce anxiety, jitters, or even nausea. Due to the mix of effects they produce, hybrid strains can be somewhat unpredictable.
The timing of cannabis consumption will determine its precise outcomes. If consumed at the very beginning of your trip, cannabis will help to calm you down during the come-up. If consumed near the end, it will help relax you during the come-down. Consuming it during the peak of your mushroom trip can enhance visuals or sensations. If timed strategically, cannabis can help you to better navigate the phases of a mushroom trip that may usually bother you. Remember that cannabis low in THC content will not affect your high as much as potent marijuana containing more cannabinoids.
Combining magic mushrooms and cannabis can be an intensely pleasant experience. However, it is important to do so safely and deliberately. Knowing what to expect, and when to expect it, can go a long way towards reducing anxiety, and allowing you to enjoy the best psychedelic experience possible.
Cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms can be safely mixed together to produce a high that is both more intense, and more calming.
Amsterdam Drugs Laws
It is common knowledge throughout the world that in Amsterdam you may enter a coffee shop and buy soft drugs (weed, magic truffles, salvia and peyote cactus). What is more – you will be handed a menu with drugs of the day, and there might be even a special on the menu. It is all accessible – for four joints you will pay the same price as for twenty cigarettes. Nobody will arrest you, because it is legal. So what kind of laws are these? Aren’t the Dutch concerned about the real dangers of drug abuse? Amsterdam drug laws evolved the same way as laws in other countries during the past century, but the solutions taken in the Netherlands, differ from the rest of the world.
Relationship of the Dutch to drugs
Dutch drug policy is directed by an idea that every human being may decide about the matters of its own health. The Dutch consider this rule as fundamental, accepting for example the possibility of the controlled suicide (euthanasia), for terminally ill patients. Although this is also possible in Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and some parts of the US. Another idea which guides Dutch laws in their drug policy is a conviction that hiding social negative phenomena does not make them to disappear – on the contrary makes them worse, because when concealed, they become far more difficult to influence and control.
Applying these ideas to their drug laws the Dutch try as much as possible to decriminalize the use of drugs, making it a private matter of each individual, and not a matter for the enforcement apparatus. Production, trading and stocking drugs remain a criminal offence, as in any other country.
The Dutch see the use of drugs as a health matter, similar to the use of tobacco and alcohol, and in fact not very distant from problems of obesity, alcoholism and tobacco smoking. They also point to the fact that prohibition of alcohol in the US in the years 1919-1933 brought more negative effects of increased criminality, than the positive social changes and had to be withdrawn.
Amsterdam drug laws
The Dutch have divided drugs into two groups, depending on their influence on human health – soft drugs and hard drugs. Hard drugs as cocaine, LSD, morphine, heroin are forbidden in the Netherlands as in any other country.
Soft drugs as cannabis in all its forms (weed, hashish, hash oil) and hallucinogenic mushrooms (so called magic mushrooms or paddos – from Dutch: paddestoel – mushroom) are legal under condition of so called “personal use“. As a result smoking of cannabis even in public, is not prosecuted as well as selling it although technically illegal under still valid Opium Act (dating from 1919, cannabis added as drug in 1950), is widely tolerated provided that it happens in a limited, controlled way (in a coffee shop, small portions, 5 grams maximum transaction, not many portions on stock, sale only to adults, no minors on the premises, no advertisement of drugs, the local municipality did not give the order to close the coffee shop).
The sale of most of hallucinogenic mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or paddos), has been forbidden starting November 1, 2008. More than 200 different mushrooms were put on the ban list and are presently regarded by the Dutch drug law (so called Opiumwet – Opium Act) as dangerous as cocaine or heroine. Never really considered as drugs before, the paddos were previously sold by the so called smart shops along with popular natural medicines as Ginkgo Biloba, Guarana, Cola, some herbs, food additives and vitamins. The decision to stop their sale has been taken after almost a hundred cases were recorded each year, when the medical help has been required linked to the consumption of paddos in Amsterdam only, involving mainly foreign tourists. Tragically, three of these cases ended as serious accidents, one of them in the tragic death of the 17-year old French girl. Hundreds of people demonstrated in Amsterdam against the ban, before it had been introduced. Today, the hallucinogenic mushrooms are forbidden in the Netherlands, along with the hard drugs.
While several sorts of mushrooms – most notably the less-strong “truffles” – were probably by omission not placed on the ban list, smart shops continue now and then to sell them. In addition, the spores of some paddos are sometimes on sale.
We strongly advise you to never try the hallucinogenic mushrooms, as their influence on each human organism is different, and you may be exposing to a serious health risk, by using them in any form.
Strictly restricted quantities, large scale cultivation forbidden
In the Netherlands, there are strict laws limiting quantities of the admitted soft drugs, conditions of theirs sale and use. Driving under the influence of the soft drugs is equal to driving under the influence of alcohol. Large scale growing, processing and trading in marijuana is still forbidden as in any other country, but the penalties given by the courts are much lower than abroad.
Some of the municipalities in the Netherlands introduce their own additional regulations regarding specific issues related to law enforcement, prosecution and use of the soft drugs. In the spirit of pragmatism, minor offences as a small violation of the admitted quantities, are usually not prosecuted, since the prosecution and imprisonment is seen by the authorities as expensive and linked to several other negative social effects which outweigh the positive.
The Dutch did not solve the question of the controlled supply of soft drugs. While the large-scale growth and trade of marijuana is forbidden and prosecuted, the question remains how the coffee shops all over the country can obtain their supplies within this law.
The Dutch do not see their tolerant policy towards limited soft drug use as some miraculous solution. They try to prevent the drug abuse through the educational measures, closely monitoring the scene of the drug abuse, fighting with the consequences of the abuse by the health measures such as the free testing of the ecstasy pills, the free syringe exchange program and the free methadone (surrogate of heroine) supply program for the heroine users. Today in 60 Dutch cities, hundreds of these programs operate on daily basis, deeply influencing life in the country. At the same time, Dutch authorities try to eliminate deadly illegal drugs by combating drug trafficking. Then again, through their tolerant policies towards soft drugs, they hope to be able to better control the social phenomena of drug abuse. For example, the statistical data certifies that among young people of medium age 28 in the Netherlands, only 16% ever smoked marijuana. Soft drugs when widely accessible seem to lose much of their appeal.
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