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    What is Psilocybin e.g. magic mushrooms? How is it used and what are the effects of using this drug? What are the risks? Is it illegal?

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    Magic mushrooms are really Psilocybin mushrooms, which are popular at raves, clubs and, increasingly, on college campuses and generally are abused by teenagers and young adults. It is difficult to gauge the extent of psilocybin use in the United States because most data sources that quantify drug use exclude psilocybin. The Monitoring the Future Survey, conducted by the University of Michigan, does reveal that 9.2 percent of high school seniors in the United States used hallucinogens other than LSD--a category that includes psilocybin--at least once in their lifetime. Two percent of high school seniors used hallucinogens other than LSD in the past month (http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs6/6038/index.htm).

    1. Magic mushrooms are mushrooms that contain psilocybin. Psilocybin is a psychedelic drug with effects similar to those of LSD.

    2. Psilocybin mushrooms have been used by many indigenous cultures to induce altered states of consciousness during religious rituals.

    3. Magic Mushrooms are classified as an hallucinegen.


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    This solution defines Psilocybin e.g. magic mushrooms, method of administration and the effects of using this 'controlled" substance/drug. The risks associated with use of psilocybin and its legality are also discussed.