Psilocybin – Drug Fact Sheet



Psilocybin is a chemical obtained from certain types of fresh or dried mushrooms.

Psilocybin mushrooms are found in Mexico, Central America, and the United States.

What are common street names?

Common street names include:
• Magic Mushrooms, Mushrooms, and Shrooms

What does it look like?

Mushrooms containing psilocybin are availablefresh or dried and have long, slender stems
topped by caps with dark gills on the underside.
Fresh mushrooms have white or whitish-gray stems; the caps are dark brown around the edges
and light brown or white in the center. Dried mushrooms are usually rusty brown with isolated
areas of off-white.

How is it abused?

Psilocybin mushrooms are ingested orally. They may also be brewed as a tea or added to other
foods to mask their bitter flavor.

What is its effect on the body?

The physical effects include:
• Nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, and lack of coordination

What is its effect on the mind?

The psychological consequences of psilocybin use include hallucinations and an inability to
discern fantasy from reality. Panic reactions and a psychotic-like episode also may occur, particularly
if a user ingests a high dose.

What are its overdose effects?

Effects of overdose include:
• Longer, more intense “trip” episodes, psychosis, and possible death


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