Psilocybin mushrooms, “magic mushrooms,” and “shrooms” have been used for centuries for their psychedelic effects. While the exact mechanisms by which these mushrooms produce their effects are not fully understood, it is believed that they work by interacting with serotonin receptors in the brain.
In terms of their impact on sleep, psilocybin mushrooms can have a range of effects depending on the dose and individual. Some people report that the mushrooms make them feel more alert and awake, while others say that they make them feel more relaxed and drowsy.
Recent research has suggested that psilocybin may have a positive effect on sleep. A study conducted found that psilocybin increased the duration of slow-wave sleep, the stage of sleep associated with deeper, more restful sleep. Additionally, participants in the study reported improved sleep quality after taking psilocybin.
Psilocybin may also have potential in treating insomnia, a condition characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. A small study conducted in 2019 found that a single dose of psilocybin improved symptoms of insomnia in participants with treatment-resistant insomnia.
Shrooms & Serotonin
So just how do shrooms affect our sleep? It’s all about the Serotonin. Serotonin receptors effect numerous processes in the brain including:
- And Sleep
Psilocybin is a seretonin agonist, meaning that it simulates serotonin in various receptors in the brain. Dopamine and Serotonin are both neurotransmitters, and serotonin is necessary to make melatonin wich is a hormone necesary to regulate your sleep wake cycle.
Too much serotonin can wake you up, but just the right amount can help you sleep, as well as alleviate depression and numerous other health benefits.
Shrooms & Sleep, Depends On The Dose
High doses of psilocybin mushrooms can cause hallucinations, which can be disorienting and make it difficult to fall asleep. Additionally, the vivid and often intense nature of the hallucinations can cause anxiety and paranoia, making it difficult to relax and fall asleep.
On the other hand, low doses of psilocybin mushrooms can have a relaxing and sedative effect, which can make it easier to fall asleep.
It’s important to note that consuming psilocybin mushrooms can have unpredictable effects, as the mushrooms’ composition may vary depending on the strain, the growing conditions, and other factors. Additionally, the effects of psilocybin mushrooms can vary depending on the individual and their state of mind.
Start Small & See What Works
Since the effects of psilocybin are so individual, the best way forward is trial and error, starting with small doses.
Different strains, and different growing conditions can have a different effect. Even what you mix it with, or wether you use a tea, or chocolates, can effect how it hits your system.
We offer a mix and match bulk dried mushrooms for just this purpose, as well as chocalate and marshmallow pre-portioned microdoses.
Not sure how to use Microdose?
Microdosing is a great way to try out different strains of shrooms ( some are more potent than others) and find a working dose for you! Small doses can sometimes give you the boost you need, without having to melt your face and see god ( fun too, but not for everyday).
Our Unicorn Poops chocolate almond microdose, and Cloud 9 chocolate marshmallow nuggets are the perfect micro-dose already dolled out for you.
We also offer natural grown strains of mushrooms in our Mix and Match so you can test and try at your own pace.