Mushrooms - P. cubensis & Cannabis
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This is a short report on a trip that took place three weeks ago. I found it rather interesting for two reasons. First, because the . The thing with this “second summer of psychedelics” was that I grew more and more reluctant of voyaging on psilocybin. There was no terrifying experience that led to this – I just felt too exhausted for hours of tryptamine-induced soul searching. However, after having skipped some opportunities this way, I decided to give it a try again. Why not on a super light dose?
Set, Setting and Ingestion (07:30 / +00:00 / 0.7 g Psilocybe cubensis, dry)
So it was done on a Sunday, amidst a partial lockdown due to the wretched coronavirus. I hadn’t eaten for at least 12 hours and my mindset was pretty relaxed, no obligations for two full days. For the setting, I chose to take it early in the morning in the gym of the water club I am a member of since childhood. Arriving there early, I started my work-out routine and 15 minutes before finishing, I chewed 0.7 g (1/40th ounce) with some dark chocolate during a short break and washed it down with some surprisingly good coffee from the on-site machine. The plan was to finish the work-out routine, taking a shower, having a come-up joint on the terrace overlooking the lake (provided that I was alone in the club house) and then heading back home. I figured that I would feel refreshed and clean from the gym and that the hour long way back home would bring me sound through the come-up phase, for the travel grants great sights and I suspected that I would be pretty much alone because of the lockdown situation.
The Fast and The Furious: Train Tweaking (07:35 / +00:05)
I had barely finished the chasing coffee and was back in the gym when I felt the first effects. This was only 5 minutes in, so I blamed the dizziness to a placebo effect or the chocolate or both. But soon there was no mistake - it was the mushroom. I am still in disbelief at how fast it showed its magic. Though coming-up way faster than usual is a tell-sign for having dosed way more than usual, I was never in doubt that I cannot handle myself. After having finished the workout routine and taking the shower, I heard other members of the club arriving and so I skipped the come-up joint and made my way to the train station, now yawning like it was going out of fashion. In the train, I became increasingly giddy. I had to change position, to stretch or to yawn extensively at least every 5 seconds, no matter what. Luckily, the train was almost empty, and my agitated tweaking went unnoticed (but by me).
The Fungus State (09:00 / +01:30 / 2-3 Joints, 2 Beers)
After a half hour of tossing and yawning – that actually felt like at least two hours, time dilution was quite prominent - the train arrived at the main station in my hometown (a rather large city). I opted for the 10minutes walk to my apartment and found that visual acuity had greatly increased. Every detail was very pronounced, more contrasted and even the most distant things were clearly distinguishable. I could tell that there was a garbage bag on a balcony a kilometer (0.7 miles) away and that the guy living above this balcony was having a smoke out of the window. At the same time, a form of energy or force started radiating from my solar plexus with increasing strength that drew my attention. I realized that this is pure and neutral emotion - untainted by the notion of good or bad, of happy or sad. This led to some revelation and train of thoughts on my very personal approach to emotions, one that I will save you from reading.
After arriving in my apartment, the pre-rolled joint was lit, and this gave the trip a mellow direction. I spent the next hours just enjoying and entertaining myself by watching videos, reading, laughing (by myself), having smokes and joints on the balcony, admiring the beauty of everything and feeling content while realizing and accepting how things are. Short, I attained what I would like to call the “Fungus State” – this rather strange combination of being under the influence, having a heightened understanding of reality and feeling content and calm at the same time. Very enjoyable. Eventually, two beers (2 x 0.5 l or 2 x 17 fl. oz.) were drank with the intention to induce some sleep. After all, I had started the day quite early in the morning.
The Flight of the Buzzard (13:30 / +06:00 / 1 Joint)
After approximately one hour I woke-up refreshed and with a very pronounced feeling of being emotionally cleansed. The effects were still lingering, especially the visual ones and an all-encompassing sense of beauty. I decided having another joint on the balcony and to reflect on the experienced. At the very moment I decided that the trip was over, taking another draw of the joint, looking up and thinking “Gosh, how much beauty is in this world – even in an urban surrounding”, a large buzzard flew directly over the balcony, performed a circle over the inner courtyard (I’m living in one of these late 19th century blocks you find in European cities) and then flew away. Chuckling knowingly on this strange coincidence (for buzzards this size are not at all common in the inner city), I spent the rest of the day enjoying the afterglow and meeting a friend later in the evening.
I am still puzzled on the intensity of the experience, considering the sub-gram dose. Was it the fasting for 12 hours prior in combination with getting the metabolism going through working out? Was it a particular strong strain/batch (it was the first time trying this particular strain) or did I somehow become hyper-sensitive to shrooms? Was it the very early hour I took them? Or all of it? I cannot tell. But I know now that even low doses grant passage into the mushroom’s realm
I know now that even low doses grant passage into the mushroom’s realm
– at least for me.
For the setting/ritual, I found it very promising to take them during a work-out early in the morning and then having a task to complete (here: taking the train to my home-town). For sure, this is something I won’t do when taking higher doses, at least not when the task involves interaction with the general public.
After all these years, the mushroom still has so much to offer.
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