Mushroom chocolate bars, a blended concoction of hallucinogenic mushrooms and chocolate, are intended to make psychotropic mushrooms easier to consume. Psychotropic mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, or shrooms, contain a hallucinogenic drug called psilocybin, known for their psychoactive properties that can alter an individual’s perception of reality, and can trigger visions and hallucinations when ingested. For this reason, they have long been part of sacred or spiritual ceremonies in ancient cultures. Their potency is most effective when consumed orally, so these mushrooms are often brewed with tea to make their earthy bitterness more palatable.
There have been studies investigating the effects of hallucinogenic drugs in the treatment of disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dementia, however since 1968, magic mushrooms have been made illegal, and psilocybin has been categorized as a Schedule I drug, indicating very little medical value.
There is a more recent trend toward hallucinogenic drugs including magic mushrooms used for recreational purposes, to deal with stress, and to experiment with enlightened states of being. This has led to the creation of mushroom chocolate bars where smaller doses of mushrooms combined with pleasant-tasting chocolate are being pedaled as the next best thing for achieving peace and positivity. For this reason, there is a large potential for misuse, and since they are still illegal, they can easily be abused without medical supervision.
Side Effects of Mushroom Chocolate
In addition to psilocybin, magic mushrooms also contain trace amounts of psilocyn. When ingested, psilocybin turns into psilocyn, which can create mind-altering effects within 20-40 minutes of ingestion.
Some common effects include:
- Hallucinations: visual and auditory images, perceptions, sensations
- Enhanced sense perceptions: brighter colors, sharper tastes, more intense sounds
- Heightened sense of euphoria, high spirits
- Altered sense of reality: space, time and body
While these kinds of effects are the reason magic mushrooms and mushroom chocolates are popular, due to the unpredictable nature of these substances, there can also be bad trips.
Some harmful effects include:
- Extreme anxiety
- Overwhelming distress
- Loss of rational thinking and behavior
- Extreme mental disturbances, psychosis
- Unnatural fear of death
Signs of Addiction to Mushroom Chocolate
Even when someone doesn’t experience a bad trip, abusing magic mushrooms or mushroom chocolates leads to increasing tolerance of the drug, creating a dependence on the drug over longer periods of usage.
Signs of addiction may include:
- Extreme mood swings
- Depression, spending too much time alone
- Change in sleep patterns, sleeplessness, insomnia
- Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
- Lack of urgency, sense of time
- Attacks of panic, terror, paranoia
- Loss of memory, short-term and then long-term
- Persistent psychosis
Getting Treatment for Addiction
While many believe there are several positive benefits of using magic mushrooms or mushroom chocolates, it is best to use them rarely and in microdoses. This can help avoid long term usage that could potentially lead to addiction or harmful side effects. If you or your child needs help to quit using magic mushrooms or mushroom chocolate, treatment is effective in most cases.
When an individual is using mushroom chocolates as a coping mechanism for what is going on in their life, it is best addressed through therapy and counseling to get to the causes of their stress and any other conditions they may be experiencing.
Dual Diagnosis and Treatment
It’s no longer news that substance abuse and mental health conditions are linked together. Addressing and treating co-occurring disorders in parallel is more effective than addiction treatment alone.
Depending on the intensity of addiction, in most cases of mushroom chocolate abuse, outpatient treatment may serve to provide treatment options that are flexible and affordable, while providing therapy and clinical oversight.
Long term recovery is possible with continued aftercare and support groups. Preventing relapses is the most important aspect of long term recovery, and having a strong support network is crucial for developing healthier alternatives and lifestyles.
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