Magic mushrooms, or psilocybin mushrooms, have been reemerging for their mind-altering effects. Whether you’re curious about trying them, looking to understand how long their effects last, or wondering about their shelf life, this blog will answer some of the questions you have about the duration of the mushroom experience. We’ll cover the duration of a magic mushroom trip, how long these mushrooms stay in your system, and the longevity of dried magic mushrooms.

Understanding Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms contain a psychoactive compound called psilocybin, which, when ingested, is converted into psilocin. Psilocin is responsible for the hallucinogenic effects associated with magic mushrooms. These effects can vary greatly depending on the dosage, individual tolerance, and the environment in which they’re consumed.

In some of our other blogs you can find information about the benefits of microdosing psilocybin, how psilocybin influences the brain, the use of psilocybin mushrooms in depression treatment research, as well as information about mushroom retreats.

How Long Do Magic Mushroom Trips Last?

One of the most common questions is, “How long do magic mushroom trips last?” The duration of a magic mushroom trip can vary, but typically, you can expect the following timeline:

Onset: The effects usually begin 20 to 40 minutes after ingestion.

Peak:  The peak of the trip occurs about 2 to 3 hours after consumption.

Duration: The entire experience can last between 4 to 6 hours, but some residual effects may linger for several more hours.

It’s important to note that these timeframes can vary based on several factors, including the type of mushroom, dosage, and individual differences.

Onset: 20 to 40 Minutes After Ingestion

The onset phase is when you first start to feel the effects of the magic mushrooms. Here’s what you might experience during this time:

Initial Sensations: You may begin to feel a sense of euphoria or excitement. Some people describe it as a tingling sensation or a feeling of lightness.

Visual Distortions: Colors might appear more vivid, and objects may seem to shimmer or move slightly. You might also see patterns or shapes when you close your eyes.

Heightened Senses: Sounds, smells, and tastes can become more intense. Music, for example, may sound richer and more profound.

Physical Effects: Some users report a slight nausea or stomach discomfort as the body adjusts to the psilocybin.

During this phase, it’s common to feel a mix of anticipation and curiosity about the journey ahead.

Peak: 2 to 3 Hours After Consumption

The peak is the most intense part of the trip, where the effects of psilocybin are at their strongest. During the peak, you can expect:

Deep Visual Hallucinations: Complex, multi-colored patterns and shapes may appear. These can be seen both with eyes open and closed. Some users report seeing fractals, geometric designs, or even scenes and images.

Altered Perception of Time: Time may seem to slow down or speed up. Minutes can feel like hours, and vice versa.

Emotional Intensity: Emotions can be greatly amplified. You might feel profound joy, awe, or even sadness. This is often accompanied by a sense of connection to the universe or a feeling of oneness with nature.

Ego Dissolution: At high doses, you may experience ego dissolution, where the sense of self temporarily fades away. This can lead to a feeling of unity with the environment and other people.

Philosophical Insights: Many users report deep, introspective thoughts and insights about life, existence, and personal issues.

This phase can be both exhilarating and overwhelming, and it’s crucial to be in a safe, comfortable environment during this time.

Duration: 4 to 6 Hours with Residual Effects

After the peak, the effects gradually start to diminish. However, you can still experience several lingering effects:

Gradual Comedown: The intense visuals and emotional experiences begin to fade. You might feel a sense of calm and relaxation.

Afterglow: Some users report a pleasant afterglow, where they feel more connected, reflective, and at peace with themselves and their surroundings.

Residual Visuals: Although not as intense as during the peak, you might still notice mild visual distortions or enhanced colors.

Fatigue: It’s common to feel physically and mentally tired as the body recovers from the experience. Rest and hydration can help during this phase.

Integration: This is a time for reflecting on the trip and integrating any insights or experiences. Journaling or discussing the experience with a trusted friend can be beneficial.

While the primary effects subside after 4 to 6 hours, some residual effects may linger for a few more hours, and the emotional and psychological impacts can last much longer, often leading to lasting changes in perspective. Which is why we consider integration to be such an important aspect of these experiences.

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Factors Influencing the Duration of a Magic Mushroom Trip

Several factors can influence how long a magic mushroom trip lasts:


Higher doses can lead to longer and more intense trips. This is generally the case with most users taking larger doses. Below you can find a detailed outline about dosages.

Individual Tolerance

Regular users may have a higher tolerance, potentially shortening the duration. However, in psychedelic research it is becoming quite obvious that there is not a difference in strength of psilocybin mushrooms based on an individual’s weight.

Another thing that could potentially influence the lasting effects or the tolerance levels would be other supplements or medications an individual is taking that are affecting the same systems. In which case individuals may find that they need to take more or less substance.


Mushroom Type

Different species of magic mushrooms can have varying levels of psilocybin.

Consumption Method: Eating mushrooms on an empty stomach can lead to a quicker onset and potentially shorter duration.

Set and Setting: As we all know the mental state and environment can also play a significant role in the experience. Set and setting is arguable the most important factor playing a role in how our psychedelic experiences and magic mushroom retreats go.

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How Long Do Magic Mushrooms Last in Your System?

Another common query is, “How long do magic mushrooms last in your system?” While the psychedelic effects wear off after a few hours, psilocybin and its metabolites can be detected in your body for a longer period. Here’s a breakdown of how long they typically remain:

Blood: Psilocybin is detectable in the blood for up to 24 hours.

Urine: It can be detected in urine for up to 24 hours, but some tests may detect it for up to a week.

Hair: In rare cases, psilocybin can be detected in hair samples for up to 90 days.

However, standard drug tests do not usually screen for psilocybin. Specialized tests are required to detect its presence in the system.

How Long Do Dried Magic Mushrooms Last?

Many people prefer dried magic mushrooms for their longer shelf life. So, how long do dried magic mushrooms last? Properly dried and stored magic mushrooms can last for a significant amount of time. Here are some guidelines:

Storage Conditions: Store dried mushrooms in a cool, dark, and dry place. Using airtight containers can prevent moisture and light exposure, which can degrade the potency.

Freezing: For even longer preservation, you can freeze dried mushrooms. This method can extend their shelf life for several years.

Potency: Over time, dried mushrooms may lose some of their potency. It’s generally recommended to consume them within 6 to 12 months for the best effects.

How to Store Magic Mushrooms Properly

Proper storage is crucial to maintaining the potency and safety of magic mushrooms. Here are some tips:

Drying: Ensure the mushrooms are thoroughly dried before storage. Any residual moisture can lead to mold growth.

Airtight Containers: Use glass jars or vacuum-sealed bags to keep out air and moisture.

Cool, Dark Place: Store the containers in a cool, dark place such as a pantry or cupboard. Avoid exposure to light and heat, which can degrade the active compounds.

Desiccants: Including desiccant packets in your storage containers can help absorb any remaining moisture.

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How Long Do Fresh Magic Mushrooms Last?

If you’re dealing with fresh magic mushrooms, the shelf life is much shorter compared to dried ones. Fresh mushrooms should be consumed quickly or preserved. Here’s what you need to know:

Refrigeration: Fresh mushrooms can last up to a week when stored in the refrigerator.

Freezing: To extend their shelf life, you can freeze fresh mushrooms, but they must be blanched first to maintain their quality.

Dosage and Safety Considerations

When it comes to consuming magic mushrooms, it’s essential to start with a low dose, especially for beginners. Common dosages include:

Microdose: 0.1 to 0.3 grams

Low Dose: 0.5 to 1 gram

Medium Dose: 1 to 2.5 grams

High Dose: 2.5 to 5 grams

Always consider your set and setting, and if possible, have a trip sitter (a sober person) present, especially for higher doses. This can help ensure a safe and supportive environment.

Legal Status and Considerations

As we will always also mention here, the legality of magic mushrooms varies by country and region. In some places, they are entirely illegal, while others may allow for their use in religious or therapeutic contexts. It’s important to be aware of the laws in your area before obtaining or consuming magic mushrooms.


Magic mushrooms can offer profound and transformative experiences, but it’s important to understand how long their effects last, how to store them properly, and how they interact with your body. By following the guidelines in this blog, you can ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience with magic mushrooms.

Whether you’re curious about the duration of a trip, how long these substances stay in your system, or how to preserve them, this blog provides a comprehensive overview. Always prioritize safety, start with a low dose, and be mindful of the legal implications in your area.