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A Handbook to Eating Dried Shrooms: How to Use Magic Mushrooms Effectively

Best Way to Eat Dried Shrooms

Inviting you on a psychedelic trip through the dimensions of your mind and soul, psilocybin mushrooms can provide a transcendental and therapeutic experience unlike anything else. You may have heard about the health benefits they provide, but are you still wondering how to take them? Follow along as we take you on an otherworldly journey, exploring the different methods for eating and using magic mushrooms.

How to Consume Dried Magic Mushrooms?

There are a number of ways of taking dried psychedelic mushrooms, and it depends entirely on your personal preference. For instance, I like eating mushrooms best when they are disguised in homemade chocolates, whereas my partner prefers his sprinkled on peanut butter toast. We have also eaten them plain, blended into smoothies, infused in honeys, taken as capsules, and brewed into tea. 

We talked to our co-workers here at Magic Mush to discuss their favorite ways to eat fantastical fungi, here are the responses:

Shrooms Slathered on Toast

Shrooms Slathered on Toast

“It may sound old school, but I am forever on board with mushrooms on my peanut butter and honey sandwich. For me, that’s the perfect pre-trip food – not too heavy or hard to digest, and does a great job at disguising the taste. That’s the first way I ever ate them at a music festival, years and years ago, and it still does the trick for me.” – John

Sipped with Juices or Tea

“I’ve hopped on the lemon tek trend lately. They say soaking ground up dried mushrooms in lemon juice for about 15-20 minutes creates a more intense trip with a quicker come-up, and after quite a few attempts I can definitely attest to that. I used to get pretty bad nausea waiting for the high, but with lemon tekking, I experience way less of those negative come-up symptoms. Plus the visuals are epic. My other favorite way to eat shrooms is mixed into a cup of hot tea – such a good way to start the day!” – Riley

Blend Up a Shroom Smoothie

“Before I trip, I like to eat something that’s easy to digest, but also sets me up with all the vitamins and minerals that I need to feel my best for the day. An upset stomach is a real buzzkill, so I usually go for a smoothie to wash down my mushrooms, and that seems to always keep me feeling more even and settled. I measure out the shrooms and then blend them up with healthy fats, fruits, and veggies. My favorite recipe is dried mushrooms, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, spinach, and honey – fire!” – Carlos

Creamy Mushroom Smoothie

Snack on Shroom-Infused Chocolates

“Mushroom chocolates are just the best! I mean it’s the perfect way to get rid of that funky, earthy taste. I like to make them myself so that I can throw whatever other ingredients in there like nuts, cinnamon, ginger, etc, but there are also so many great pre-made options on the market now! One of the best parts about chocolates is that the doses are really clear, so you always know exactly how much you are taking.” – Elisha

A Word on Smoking Shrooms

Some people like to roll dried mushrooms into joints and cigarettes, but for a variety of health reasons, this method is not one we recommend. Professor Matt Johnson, one of the leading scientists at John Hopkins University, known for their groundbreaking research on psilocybin, once tweeted, “I want to warn that one should NEVER try smoking or vaping shrooms or any other fungus. Fungal lung infections can be fatal. No joke.” Plus, mushrooms have to go through the digestive system first to even work, so we say listen to Matt on this one and ditch the smoking methods! Your health will thank you.

Therapeutic Uses of Dried Shrooms

John Hopkins University, along with many other Universities, have been paving the way for psilocybin research and the many medical health benefits, both mental and physical, that these fungi can provide. Although the ancients had been tripping on mushrooms for thousands of years, it is exciting to see the rest of the world coming around to the idea of mushrooms as long-term medicinal treatment as well. These magical mushrooms are far more than just a party drug, inducing mind-bending psychedelic experiences, and are now receiving the well-deserved respect they are owed in the medical world and health field. Using research from clinical trials, here are some of the many mental and physical benefits of dried psilocybin mushrooms:

Therapeutic Uses of Dried Shrooms

Mental Health Benefits & Effects of Mushrooms

  • Reduces Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Assists in Treatment of Depression
  • Help Treatment of Anxiety
  • Relieves Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Increases Empathy
  • Enhances Creativity
  • Improves Neuroplasticity

Physical Health Benefits & Effects of Mushrooms

  • Helps Combat Addictions to Smoking, Drugs, & Alcohol
  • Aids in Treatment of Anorexia
  • Assists in Treatment of Headaches & Migraines
  • Increases Energy Levels

Using Dried Shrooms for Psychedelic Trips

After choosing whichever method of consumption sounds best to you, simply eat your shrooms and off you go on the trip of a lifetime. Exploring the inner-workings of your brain, mushrooms help you to dive into deeper levels of consciousness and unlock new ways of seeing the world. But, are there ways to make the most of your trip? Absolutely! After years of experimentation, we can share with you some important factors that can make or break your trip. We want you to have the best experience possible on shrooms, so listen up and follow along!

Psychedelic Trips Mushrooms

Do Dried Shrooms Kick In Faster On An Empty Stomach?

Dried shrooms do, in fact, kick in faster on an empty stomach. If the stomach is full, then the psilocybin will be competing with that food waiting to be broken down. Whereas on an empty stomach, the tummy has just one job – to get going on absorbing the psilocybin. Psilocybin is the active ingredient of magic mushrooms that induces hallucinations, so if you want an intense trip and quickly, your best bet is to take them at least a few hours after eating a meal. 

Alternatively, you can do some light snacking with nutritious and easy-to-digest foods right before eating the mushrooms. Everybody is different when it comes to their preferences on this one, but for me, I find that eating a small piece of toast or some crackers with the shrooms helps to ease nausea and cramps. On the other hand, I have some friends who swear that eating food with magic mushrooms causes more digestive upset, so this one is going to take some trial and error on your part. 

Pro-tip – If you want to avoid food before eating mushrooms, but worry about stomach issues, we recommend giving lemon tek a try! By grinding up the mushrooms and then soaking them in lemon juice, you are already speeding up the digestion process, and therefore lightening the load for your stomach.

How Long Does It Take Dried Shrooms To Kick In?

A full stomach means a much longer wait period for your mushrooms to kick in. All of our bodies are so different, so it’s hard to give a hard and fast rule, but there are some general guidelines you can look to for an idea of onset time. 

With a full stomach, your body is working hard to break down both the psilocybin and the food, meaning that the wait time for your trip is extended quite a bit. On a really full stomach, I have waited up to two hours, but can usually expect around an hour. My advice – wait it out. It can be tempting to eat up another dose out of impatience, but this will result in a big old trip that you may not be prepared for. Be patient, and know it will come sooner or later. 

On the other hand, if you eat mushrooms on an empty stomach, or drink only lemon tek or tea, you can expect mushrooms to take effect in just ten to thirty minutes. An empty stomach trip is always more intense – get ready to blast off!

beautiful mushrooms

Other Factors that May Influence How Long it Takes for Dried Shrooms to Kick In

All of our bodies have wildly different chemistries and make-ups, meaning that one person’s shroom experience will be different from another’s, even if they eat the same strain and the same dose. So many factors go into the intensity of your trip, the duration, and the overall experience. Here are some important things to consider:

The Environment

Where you take the mushrooms, who you are with, and your current mindset are all vital factors to how your psilocybin journey goes. In my experience, and everyone else at the shop, this is the single most important influence! Mushrooms are different from other drugs, in that your environment can heavily impact the direction your trip goes in. 

Our advice? Surround yourself with people you know, love, and trust, and be sure to take the mushrooms in a place you feel comfortable and safe. Lastly, and most important of all, make sure you are in a good headspace for this psychedelic adventure. Going into it with a positive and excited mindset will make all the difference in how you perceive the new and distorted reality.

Method of Consumption

How you consume the mushrooms is another determining factor in how your trip goes and how long it lasts. Remember, eaten on an empty stomach, the mushrooms will hit you quickly and intensely, while a full stomach equals a slower come-up and a slightly less intense trip. There is also a big difference in eating dried shrooms versus fresh ones.

Body Weight

The smaller you are, the less shrooms you need to feel the effects. So if you are like me and pretty small, start out with a smaller dose. On the other hand, a larger person is going to need a bigger dose to feel the trippy effects of mushrooms.


What Is the Duration of Dried Shroom High?

All of the factors listed above, will determine the duration of your dried shroom high. It will be different for everyone, based on their dose, method of consumption, body weight, and mindset. However, most people can expect a peak of around 4-6 hours. The peak is the most intense part of the psilocybin journey, but remember to add on time for the come-up and the come-down.

How Long Do Dried Shrooms Last & Stay In Your System?

Worried about a drug test for work? Fear not, usually these standard drug scans are not testing for psilocybin. The only way it will show up in a test, is if they are specifically looking for this psychoactive substance. For a urine test, psilocybin mushrooms can be detected up to seven days after eating them, while a hair follicle test can detect the substance up to 90 days after consumption. Keep in mind that these tests are very uncommon and costly, so it will rarely be a problem.

Here are a few of the most popular Dried Magic Mushroom varieties, their effects and usage:

Name of Dried ShroomA Little About the StrainThe Strain’s Effects & Usage
Albino Melmac EnvyThe Albino Melmac Envy is recommended for the experienced psychonaut only, as this strain is highly potent. It provides intense trips and extreme highs, catapulting you to new levels of consciousness.Euphoria, a strong head high, and intense visuals all combine in the effects of the A.M.E strain. Small microdoses of 400 mg to a heavy dose of 2.5-5 grams are all possible.
Golden TeacherGreat for beginner to intermediate users, the Golden Teacher is a member of the famous Psilocybe Cubensis family. You can expect enhanced creativity, lowered anxiety, and stronger feelings of empathy.Available in capsules or chocolate bars, usage varies with this strain and offers a good option for microdosing. Expect a deep interconnectedness with the world, as well as the bursting of creative juices.
White RabbitRecommended for the experienced psychonaut only, White Rabbit produces potent effects. These shrooms create long-lasting and intense trips, guaranteeing a transcendental experience.With microdose, mid-range, and intense trip options available, usage will vary depending on desired outcome. White Rabbit’s effects include intense visual and auditory hallucinations.
Penis EnvyNamed after its distinctly phallic shape, the Penis Envy strain is best for intermediate to advanced psilocybin eaters. A powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth, this strain opens your mind to expansive pathways and viewpoints.Choose your own trip, with doses as low as 35 mg to as high as 5 grams. Penis envy is known for inducing powerful spiritual experiences, accompanied by hallucinations.
Albino Penis EnvyThe Albino Penis Envy, also known as A.P.E, is said to contain more psilocybin than any other magic mushroom. Highly potent, the A.P.E is known for intense and long-lasting trips.Similar to other strains, the A.P.E can be taken for microdosing, mid-range trips, or highly psychedelic experiences depending on dose. The effects include an altered sense of time and space and intense hallucinations.
MazatapecA favorite amongst the team, the Mazatapec strain acts as wise teacher, guiding you through transcendental experiences. This strain is native to Mexico, and is commonly used for therapeutic purposes.Great for therapeutic purposes, the usage will vary depending on desired trip intensity and length. Expected effects of this type include new ways of perceiving the world, strengthened sense of empathy, and spiritual awakenings.
BurmeseBurmese mushrooms, native to Asia, are beloved for creating strong psychedelic experiences. A trip with this strain is sure to include vivid visuals and bright kaleidoscope patterns.Usage will vary greatly from person to person with doses as low as 35 mg to high doses of 5 grams. Burmese mushrooms produce intense and vivid hallucinations, as well as heightened creativity and enhanced mood.
Blue PulaskiOne of the most potent of all the psilocybin strains, the Blue Pulaski produces long and mind-bending trips. Only experienced users are advised to take these mushrooms for a spin, as their effects can otherwise be quite overwhelming.The effects of Blue Pulaski mushrooms include enhanced mood, increased energy, and inspired spirituality. This mushroom type can be used for microdosing, mid-range tripping, or intense psychedelic journeys.
Aztec GodsThe Aztec Gods strain is a tool for expanding consciousness and exploring the confines of the mind. A potent strain of psilocybin, it induces feelings of deep interconnectedness with the Universe.Vivid hallucinations, distorted perceptions of time and space, and profound spiritual shifts are all expected effects of the Aztec Gods mushroom strain. These can be used as a dose as low as 35 mg to as high as 5 grams.

The Medical Risks of Consuming Dried Magic Mushrooms

As with just about any drug, natural or not, there are some health risks to consider before taking magic mushrooms. We think it’s important to know every side to the story, so we’ll share some important side effects to be aware of below:


Physical Health Risks

Magic mushrooms are a non-chemically addictive substance, meaning that you will not get addicted to them, nor experience withdrawal symptoms. There are, however, other physical health issues to consider, with the most popular being tummy troubles. Mushrooms can be a bit tough on the stomach, so it is normal to experience cramping, nausea, or vomiting when eating psilocybin. This should be a temporary symptom, though, and pass pretty quickly. 

There is also the possibility of food poisoning from old or moldy mushrooms. Be sure to check your mushrooms carefully for any signs of rot or decay to ensure that your trip is pleasant and poison-free. Check out our article all about the shelf life of magic mushrooms for more info! 

Lastly, there is the possibility of accidents and injuries while consuming psilocybin. As this fungi produces wildly psychoactive experiences, your idea of time and space is significantly altered. One friend of ours, Scott, can attest to this risk – remembering the day he tried walking down the stairs after eating a particularly hefty dose of White Rabbit mushrooms. 

He explains, “The stairs to the basement started spiraling beneath my feet, and were warping together so quickly. I thought I was falling into a black hole in the sky. I just let it happen though, and suddenly, I really was falling – but not into a cosmic world, just down a set of really, really hard wooden stairs.” He left that trip with a freshly open mind and a sore sprained ankle. Make sure you have trusted friends around who can help you avoid situations like this!

Mental Health Risks

Psilocybin offers a world of mental health benefits, however there are some medical risks to be aware of, with one of the most common and feared being bad trips. Triggered by overwhelming hallucinations, bad trips create feelings of extreme fear, anxiety, stress, paranoia, and sometimes even higher blood pressure. It is also possible to feel the lingering effects of these bad trips later on, which are called flashbacks. 

Termed “the doomies”, bad trips can be really scary experiences, but they can be avoided! Setting yourself for a positive trip is key – surround yourself with beloved friends, stay in a safe space, and make sure you are in the right headspace prior to consuming.

Mental Health Risks

Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?

We may be purists over here, but we suggest never mixing mushrooms with other drugs. As psilocybin is a naturally occuring fungi, straight from the ground, its therapeutic effects can be significantly altered by the addition of alcohol, LSD, cocaine, or anything else. If you are looking for a deeply spiritual and healing trip, we are big proponents of leaving the other drugs out of the mix!


Magic mushrooms are a non-chemically addictive drug, meaning that you will not get addicted to them, nor experience withdrawal symptoms. As they are wildly transcendental, it is expected to feel slightly disconnected from reality for a couple of days after consumption, but this will wear off with time.

Final Thoughts

Ready to take a trip into the deepest layers of your mind? We hope to have shed a bit more light on the best methods for consuming psilocybin and the possible benefits they can provide. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! Our goal is to make your trip as smooth as possible, so we are always here to help. Contact us at 613-618-6495.


Alan Rockefeller

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