As you have noticed in our latest blog posts we have been addressing the most common questions about magic mushrooms. Psilocybin mushrooms have gained popularity for their psychoactive effects. These mushrooms contain the compound psilocybin, which, when ingested, converts into psilocin and creates hallucinogenic experiences. While most people consume magic mushrooms by eating them or making tea, some wonder if smoking magic mushrooms is a viable method. In this blog post, we’ll explore if you can smoke magic mushrooms, what happens if you smoke magic mushrooms, and the potential effects and risks involved.

What Are Magic Mushrooms?

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Traditional Methods of Consuming Magic Mushrooms

Typically, magic mushrooms are consumed in a few common ways:

Eating Raw or Dried Mushrooms: The most straightforward method is to eat the mushrooms raw or dried. This method is effective but can be unpalatable due to the mushrooms’ bitter taste. Often individuals find a way to either grind up the dried mushrooms or consume them with something that might mask the texture and taste.

Dried mushrooms in a bowl

Making Mushroom Tea: Another popular method is to brew the mushrooms into a tea. This helps mask the taste and can make the onset of effects quicker and more manageable. This also seems to be a good way to avoid some of the symptoms of nausea.

Cup of tea behind leaves

Capsules or Edibles: Some people grind dried mushrooms into a powder and encapsulate them or mix them into food. Though depending on the dose that one is consuming and the potency of the mushroom you may need to fill more than one capsule.

These methods ensure that the psilocybin is efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream, leading to the desired psychoactive effects.

Can You Smoke Magic Mushrooms?

The question “Can you smoke magic mushrooms?” arises often, especially among those familiar with smoking other substances for their psychoactive effects. Here are some of the things we can look into:

Chemistry and Heat Sensitivity

Psilocybin, the primary active compound in magic mushrooms, is not heat stable. When exposed to high temperatures, such as those involved in smoking, psilocybin breaks down before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This means that smoking magic mushrooms is unlikely to produce the psychoactive effects associated with ingesting them.

Inefficiency and Waste

Smoking any substance requires the active compounds to be efficiently vaporized and inhaled to enter the bloodstream through the lungs. Psilocybin and psilocin do not vaporize well at the temperatures reached by typical smoking methods. As a result, smoking magic mushrooms is an inefficient and wasteful way to consume them.

Boy smoking

What Happens if You Smoke Magic Mushrooms?

While smoking magic mushrooms is unlikely to produce the desired psychoactive effects, it can still have some consequences:

Lung Irritation: Inhaling smoke from any substance can irritate the lungs and respiratory system. Magic mushrooms contain various organic compounds that, when burned, can produce harmful byproducts.

No Psychoactive Effects: Given that psilocybin degrades at high temperatures, smoking magic mushrooms will likely result in little to no psychoactive effects.

Potential Health Risks: Smoking any non-standard substance carries potential health risks, including exposure to harmful chemicals and potential allergic reactions.

Smoking any material can produce byproducts that are harmful to your lungs. Mushrooms can also cause irritation. Given the reports on loss of effects when smoking mushrooms, it may not be the best use of your product. Not to mention there have been many stories of users not getting the same kind of experience they would if they had consumed the material orally.

White smoke laid over a black backdrop

Anecdotal Reports

Despite the scientific evidence, some anecdotal reports claim mild effects from smoking magic mushrooms. These reports are likely influenced by placebo or the consumption of other substances. It’s important to rely on scientific understanding rather than anecdotal reports when it comes to substance use.

Alternative Methods to Achieve Psychedelic Effects

Given that smoking magic mushrooms is ineffective, it’s best to stick with tried-and-true methods for consuming them. Here are some alternatives:

Lemon Tek: This method involves soaking ground mushrooms in lemon juice before consumption. The acidic environment partially converts psilocybin to psilocin, potentially leading to a quicker and more intense onset of effects. This is becoming an extremely well- known method of ingestion. The process requires that you ground your substance and then soaked them in lemon juice.

Chocolate Mushrooms: Mixing ground mushrooms with chocolate can make them more palatable and easier to consume.

Microdosing: Some individuals prefer to take very small doses of magic mushrooms, known as microdosing, to experience subtle effects without a full-blown trip. This can be done by measuring a very small 0.1 to 0.3 grams dose of mushrooms onto a scale. It can then either be ingested orally or you can grind the mushrooms up into a capsule.

Microdosing is becoming a more popular method of use as it can be a more manageable experience and many individuals can plan their days around their dosing days. There are a handful of microdosing protocols that you can follow that include different arrangements of “dosing-days” and “off-days.”

If you are interested in learning more about microdosing, read our blog posts about the Stamets stack (a well-known protocol created by mycologist Paul Stamets) and the promises and pitfalls of microdosing mushrooms.

Safety Considerations and Harm Reduction

When using magic mushrooms, safety should always be a priority. Here are some harm reduction tips:

Start with a Low Dose: If you’re new to taking psilocybin or psychedelics in general, start with a lower dose to gauge your reaction.

Set and Setting: Ensure you are in a safe, comfortable environment with trusted individuals. This is arguably the most essential aspect of your experience.

Stay Hydrated: Drink water to stay hydrated, especially if you experience dry mouth or sweating.

Avoid Mixing Substances: Mixing magic mushrooms with other substances, including alcohol, can increase the risk of negative effects.

Have a Trip Sitter: Having a sober person present can help manage any unexpected reactions and provide support if needed.

Legal Status

The legal status of magic mushrooms varies widely around the world. In some places, they are decriminalized or legal for medical and therapeutic use, while in others, they are strictly prohibited. As we always advise, know the laws in your area, and know your source before ingesting any substances.

The Role of Psilocybin in Modern Medicine

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the potential therapeutic uses of psilocybin. Research has shown promise in using psilocybin-assisted therapy for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and end-of-life distress. Clinical trials have demonstrated that, when used in a controlled and supportive setting, psilocybin can lead to significant improvements in mental health.

Therapeutic Settings

In a therapeutic setting, psilocybin is administered in a controlled environment with professional guidance. This approach helps ensure safety and maximizes the potential benefits of the psychedelic experience. Patients often report profound insights, emotional breakthroughs, and lasting positive changes in their mental health.

Microdosing for Mental Health

Microdosing, or taking very small, sub-perceptual doses of psilocybin, has gained popularity as a potential way to enhance creativity, focus, and emotional well-being. While research on microdosing is still in its early stages, anecdotal reports suggest it may offer benefits without the intense experiences associated with higher doses.


In summary, smoking magic mushrooms is not an effective or safe method to achieve their psychoactive effects. The heat from smoking degrades psilocybin, rendering it ineffective and potentially harmful. Traditional methods of consuming magic mushrooms, such as eating them raw, brewing them into tea, or incorporating them into edibles, are much more effective.

If you’re interested in exploring the effects of magic mushrooms, it’s essential to do so responsibly and with an awareness of safety and legality. Consider starting with a low dose, ensuring a safe environment, and being mindful of the potential risks and benefits.

As research into psilocybin continues to grow, we may see more understanding and acceptance of its therapeutic potential. Until then, it’s important to approach magic mushrooms with caution, respect, and a commitment to harm reduction.

By understanding the proper methods of consumption and the potential risks involved, you can make informed decisions and have a safer and more meaningful experience with magic mushrooms.