Magic mushrooms-Fast facts for workers
Mushrooms containing psilocybin have been consumed for thousands of years but a contemporary youth worker should still brush up on their knowledge
‘Magic mushrooms’ refers to several types of illegal mushroom that contain hallucinogen psilocybin.
Shrooms, mushies, magics, golden tops, blue meanies, liberty caps.
In 2013, 9.4 per cent of Australians aged over 14 years had used hallucinogens, including magic mushrooms (National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 2013).
Dried mushrooms or powdered material in capsules. Synthetic psilocybin is a white crystalline powder.
Eaten fresh, cooked or brewed as tea, or smoked with tobacco or cannabis.
Distortion of colours, sounds, objects and time, comprising a good or bad trip. Conjures a dreaming sensation and can elicit tiredness, stomach pains and diarrhoea. Effects are usually felt within 30 minutes to two hours and can last between two and six hours
Wrongly identified mushrooms can be fatal. Symptoms of poisoning include stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhoea or unconsciousness.
An ambulance should be called if any of these symptoms occur.
Not often mixed but combining drugs will likely increase effects.
SOME COMMON HARM REDUCTIONS STRATEGIES
Encourage a young person to: -
- do their research into what mushrooms they are consuming to avoid poising.
- plan their “recovery time” after their trip
- Check out this harm reduction video
- understand the risks involved in mixing other drugs and alcohol, including prescription medication.
- If a young person is experiencing a “bad trip” take them to a quiet room and stay with them until they are calm
It is really important to know your mushrooms! This link will help you stay safe if using mushrooms, the Herald Sun helps identify which mushrooms can be deadly and this facebook post has some great tips.