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Magic shrooms and weed may seem like two drugs that have too much in common but are entirely different. Most people associate the similarities with shrooms and weed from art, music, culture, and movies.
These two drugs share some similarities that make them comparable, but they both have different effects on your body, and your experience on both of them will be significantly different.
This article will look at the properties of both magic mushrooms and weed, their various forms, strains, and how they affect your body, both positively and negatively. We will also look at the legalization of shrooms vs. weed in multiple countries and where they stand going forward.
What is weed/marijuana/cannabis?
Weed, also known as marijuana or cannabis, is a green-looking plant (scientifically called Cannabis sativa) with psychoactive chemicals that can be ingested or smoked to produce mind-altering effects. The most active psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which causes the intoxicating effects that make weed so popular.
There are other 500 plus chemicals in the plant which are chemically related to THC, and we call these substances cannabinoids. However, the majority of THC is found on the trichomes of the marijuana flower. Trichomes are essentially fine growths (tiny hair structures) that will produce a sticky and thick resin if left unpollinated for long durations. Due to their high THC concentration, Trichomes are responsible for the weed effects, flavours, and aromas you get after consuming some form of weed.
According to a 2018 study, approximately 12 million young adults were reported to have taken marijuana in the past year. In addition, the use of marijuana has been steadily growing due to the legalization of the drug in various parts of the world, making it more accessible and socially acceptable.
Despite its popularity and acceptance, weed is still an illegal drug in most parts of the world. It is linked to various adverse effects that can significantly alter a person’s health. The significant negative impact of taking marijuana is decreased brain development.
A study in New Zealand concluded that teens who started taking weed at that early age ended up losing an average of 8 IQ points from age 13 to 38. However, you should note that this long-term effect was only noticeable in young adults and teens, whereas there have never been any notable IQ drops in adults.
The are several dispensaries across the United States and Canada where you can purchase the legal amount of weed without any problems. However, the prices will usually vary from region to region, strain, and the store you buy.
Typical prices include $10 for a gram of weed, $25 for an eighth of an ounce, $100 for half an ounce, and around $240 for an ounce. In many states in the United States, an ounce is the maximum amount of weed you can buy at a time without breaking any possession laws. Moreover, an ounce is the legal limit of the amount of weed you can own at a given time.
What are magic mushrooms?
Some indigenous mushrooms from tropical and subtropical areas such as Mexico, South America, and the United States contain a hallucinogenic substance called psilocybin. Psilocybin, when ingested, gets converted into psilocin which will, in turn, cause the psychoactive effects associated with magic mushrooms.
Psychedelic mushrooms are known to be less addictive than any other illegal drug in the world. In addition, the active chemicals in the shrooms cause short-term increased intolerance to the users, which makes it difficult to misuse the shrooms. The more they are taken in a short period, the less effective they become at causing the psychedelic effects.
The lack of physical and psychological dependence sets it apart from many drugs, making it very appealing. However, some risks are associated with the drug, including an inability to discern fantasy from reality, leading to accidents. You can also experience psychosis and panic reactions if large amounts are consumed at one given time.
More than 180 psychedelic mushrooms exist today, with the most common one being the Psilocybe cubensis species. Psilocybe semilanceata is the most widely spread species found in Asia, North America, South America, New Zealand, and Australia.
Despite its illegality, you can buy psychedelic mushrooms from a dealer or safely from an online dispensary like The Fun Guys. This has dramatically impacted the prices of the drug by making it more accessible to the masses.
Although prices will vary from country to country, and even from one city to another, we’ve broken down magic mushroom products into their different forms so you can get a rough idea of how much each type of shroom form is sold for.
There are several factors you need to consider when you buy shrooms, but on average, the cost is as follows (prices are in Canadian dollars):
Cost Per Gram of shrooms: $7-$12
Cost of an Eighth of Shrooms: $20-$40
Cost Per Ounce of shrooms: $200-$350 on average (depending on the type)
Scientists who want to examine the effects and features of psychedelic mushrooms can purchase a gram of the shrooms for up to $10,000. However, Research-grade psilocybin is more expensive and more complex to obtain than regular magic mushrooms. That is to say that the cost will depend on the quality of the shrooms, where you purchase them, and the market demand for them.
Effects of psilocybin mushrooms vs weed
Shrooms are hallucinogens, and their effects are similar to those of mescaline from LSD or peyote. The main effects are usually auditory and visual hallucinations combined with an inability to differentiate between what is real and what is fantasy.
The hallucinatory effects will affect sensory perception, mood, sleep, hunger, sexual behaviour, body temperature, and muscle control. You may experience intense feelings and sensory experiences, and your perception of time may drastically change, making you believe the time is passing slower or faster.
Physical effects of magic mushrooms include nausea, muscle weakness, confusion, vomiting, and decreased coordination. In addition, you may have a dry mouth, sleep problems, excessive sweating, and a loss of appetite. However, the mental effects are the most concerning since they include paranoia and psychosis.
The story isn’t all gloomy since the therapeutic effects are what draw people to taking psychedelic mushrooms. Spiritual experiences are common when you are high on shrooms. You will often feel a sense of relaxation that may involve some detachment from the self or your environment. The lowered inhibition that comes with taking shrooms is also highly sorted after to reduce feelings of anxiety and worry.
A 2016 study at NYU Grossman School of Medicine found that a single dose of psilocybin significantly improved the emotional and mental state of people who have cancer. Moreover, the amount was substantial enough that cancer patients still noticed the benefits after five years. Other studies have also shown the great benefits of psychedelic mushrooms when it comes to anxiety and depression.
Marijuana also has a lot of medicinal benefits that can help relieve chronic pain. Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in marijuana, and they consist of CBD, THC, and many more psychoactive compounds. CBD makes the brain function better without getting you high, and THC has pain-relieving properties that can improve pain.
When it comes to medicinal marijuana, the CBD compound is extracted from the plant to make it more potent to deal with medical issues. There is confusion between the weed most used for recreation and the one used for medical purposes. If it has more THC than CBD, it is for recreation despite having a few health benefits. The general side effects of marijuana include distorted
perception in terms of sounds, time, sights, and touch. You will also experience agitation, increased appetite, dizziness, difficulty thinking, and loss of coordination. The mind-altering effects will vary from person to person depending on the person’s mood and general mental wellness.
Unlike psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana can lead to dependence if abused for a long time. However, not all people can be addicted to marijuana and tend to have associated psychological conditions. For example, the withdrawal symptoms from marijuana include agitation, sleeplessness, anxiety, the elevation of vital signs, irritability, and tremulousness.