Weed or magic mushrooms? Perhaps the answer is both

cannabis and magic mushrooms

Tripping on psilocybin mushrooms can be mind-expanding, filled with saturated visuals and altered concepts. On the flip side, the come-up may cause nausea, anxiety, or chills, and the effects might feel overstimulating or make people nervous. There are many possible outcomes for a trip–much of it depends on the set and setting.

What are the set and setting?

Set and setting contribute to how psychoactive substances like psilocybin mushrooms affect people. Set refers to the mindset on things like their expectations for the trip, current mental state, and general mood. The setting speaks to the environment, including the physical space and social vibes.

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Being prepared with solid inner and outer surroundings is ideal, but weed can be helpful at many points during a trip. Those inexperienced with cannabis or mushrooms should tread extremely lightly when mixing the compounds. If possible, have a trip sitter there for support.

Before going any further, we should note that psilocybin isn’t legal in every U.S. state. Some counties, states, and cities have decriminalized the compound, but the policy is not widespread. For those lucky enough to live in a place with legal weed and decriminalized mushrooms, here’s how those worlds could collide.

Ease into the come-up

The first 40 to 60 minutes after consuming psilocybin can be uncomfortable for many despite the set and setting. In that first hour, the body is figuring out what to do with a fungus that, in normal nutritional circumstances, may be considered a poison. Nausea, vomiting, dizzy spells, chills, and anxiety can plague the magic mushroom come up. Thankfully, cannabis can help.

Much anecdotal evidence shows that cannabis may help nausea, but it may also ease nerves. These are helpful during this phase of a mushroom trip, but it’s crucial to consume the right strain for the job. Certain strains help relieve nausea, and others don’t have much effect. Try starting with an indica strain for this task.

Shift a bad trip from the dark side

Even with all the preparation in the world–bad trips can happen. If things get weird, consider bundling up in a cozy blanket, turning on a comforting movie or show, and ripping a chill indica or CBD strain. Calming the nervous system may help smooth out a negative experience and turn the trip around.

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Play with the high

During the mushroom trip, cannabis can make for a fun exercise in manipulating the trip. Experience the shroom world for a while, then take a hit and observe how that high alters the world internally and externally.

This experience can give people a deeper understanding of how cannabis consumption impacts their perception, and it’s also kind of fun.

Supplement post-high dopamine

After the peak, things continue coming back down to earth until dopamine and serotonin reach an all-time low. Many have a post-trip regimen, including nourishing food like vitamin-rich fruit, a comfy couch, herbal tea, lots of water, and maybe even a light movie.

Cannabis serves as an excellent mood supplement as trippers acclimate to their realities. Balanced edibles like Emerald Bay Extracts 1:1 tablets during the come-down may help ease the landing. Those who are taking it a bit harder might consider inhalation, too.

Weed for your mushroom trip

Mushrooms aren’t for everyone, and neither is weed. But it turns out that many who like one may be interested in the other. As for consuming cannabis during a mushroom trip, it’s not always a bad idea.

Cara Wietstock is senior content producer of GreenState.com and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.