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How Long Does it Take Mushrooms to Kick In?

How Long Does Psilocybin Take to Kick In?
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Psilocybin is the major psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms. Like LSD and other psychedelics, psilocybin causes hallucinations and changes in perception of time and space when consumed.

Psilocybin is illegal in most countries because it can be dangerous when misused or combined with certain medications. But while there are risks associated with the recreational use of psilocybin, many experts believe it has potential therapeutic health benefits. For example, in 2023 Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin use, and more U.S. states could soon follow suit.

How Long Does it Take for Shrooms to Work?

The effects of psilocybin usually start kicking in within 20 to 60 minutes after ingestion, although it can take up to two hours to feel the full effects of the drug. There are a variety of factors that affect how long it takes for psilocybin mushrooms to kick in, such as:

How you consume the mushrooms: Psilocybin mushrooms are usually consumed whole or in teas, powders, or capsules. Powders and Teas tend to take effect the quickest.

How much food you’ve eaten: The less food you have in your stomach the more quickly you will likely feel the hallucinogenic effect of mushrooms. Eating a large meal before mushrooms might slow or reduce the effects, while taking mushrooms on an empty stomach might result in nausea.

What type of mushroom you chose: There are several types of psilocybin, some of which are more potent than others. For example, Psilocybe azurescens is considered one of the strongest varieties.

Effects vary by person: The same mushroom and dose might have a different effect on one person versus another. Your weight is also a factor.

Note that individuals with mental health concerns should proceed with caution before taking psilocybin, as studies have shown that magic mushrooms trips can have adverse psychological effects for people struggling with depression and other mental health conditions.

Shrooms to kick in

Should I Eat More Shrooms if I Don’t Feel Anything?

If you don’t feel the effects of psilocybin mushrooms after an hour, but know that your dose was pure and undiluted, it’s probably best to avoid taking a second dose. Often, people who take a “booster” dose of psilocybin experience unpleasant side effects such as nausea and vomiting.


The experience of taking psilocybin can be unpredictable. Some people report feeling the effects within minutes, while others may not feel anything until an hour or more has passed. Either way, it’s important to be patient and allow the drug time to take effect before increasing your dosage. In the future, you can always experiment with alternative consumption methods or mushroom varieties. However, because of the potential negative side effects of psilocybin, it remains important to consume it responsibly.

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