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A Mushroom Trip Lasts Two Days (Kinda)

If you haven’t experienced it (a psychedelic trip) before, you’re likely considering it if you’ve found your way to this blog post.

When we’re on a trip, a lot of things can happen that we don’t expect – and the odds are pretty much 50/50 in terms of what might happen internally anyway.

You can tip the scale in your favour by taking magic mushrooms in a more ideal setting with people you’re comfortable with, but there’s still a chance you’ll be mentally and emotionally fatigued once it’s all over and done with.

So what are some factors that could contribute to an exhausting trip, and how can you make sure you’re fully recovered before getting back to your normal routine?

Before we get into it, it’s important to say that ‘exhausted’ in this context isn’t the typical body drain you feel after a hard week at work or after the gym. It’s more of mental and emotional fatigue and a heightened state of sensitivity. 

These are not dangerous states, but if you have a big day lined up, maybe put it off until you’ve had a day to regain your mental energy before tackling anything complicated.

Now, let’s dive in and touch on three key points that everyone should consider before taking mushrooms.

Dose and Setting

What sets off the cascade of mental and emotional fatigue are often the factors of dose and setting.

Generally, the higher the dose is, the more the odds favour that recovery time is likely needed after the experience is over, even in a recreational setting where this practice isn’t normally in people’s awareness.

Think of it this way. At a high dose, you are hyper-stimulating the brain, causing cross-talk between several different regions at once. Because of that, more mental and physical energy is used up to keep those connections active and stable – which drains you over time both physically and psychologically.

Taking time, even a full day after, to recover fully is highly recommended. The dose threshold for this recommendation is roughly 2 grams of dried psilocybin mushrooms or more.

When it comes to the setting, it’s a little easier to determine based on personality and present company what kind of setting will be the most enjoyable for you, so for that reason, we’ll leave out too many recommendations here.

Generally, if it feels right, it probably will be.

How the Trip Unfolds

Next, but no less important, is the actual experience of the trip. Experience is an umbrella term here that is used to describe a number of different factors: time spent tripping, emotional state, activities done, memory flashes, social interactions, etc.

The more distressing or exciting the experience is, the more likely it is that you’ll need a little more time to recover the next day.

Because experience and reactions are unique to individuals and situations, we can’t really make too many recommendations here, but we can say that it’s always best to clear your calendar for the next day after your psychedelic trip to make sure you have the mental space, if you need it, to get back to your baseline.

Using the Next Day Wisely

If you decide to make the move to use the next day to recover, is there a way to make sure you reset yourself properly?

The good news is there most certainly is.

Two of the best ways to recover from a higher stimulating trip are to engage in creative activities or time with your closest friends.

Creativity comes in all shapes, sizes, flavors, and colours – each with the ability to recharge our batteries. If you like visual art, maybe draw or paint. If you like music, maybe explore new interests or create some of your own. If you like writing, maybe do that. If you like to cook, that’s also a creative outlet!

Deciding to spend time with friends doing activities with a social vibe is equally valid as a way to spend the next day recovering/getting your mental energy back.

At the end of the day, the best thing to do the next day after a full trip is to do whatever activities allow you to explore what happened and relax, whatever that may be for you! 

Summary

A psychedelic trip can be a wild ride, either filled with joy and wonder or not so much if you get our meaning.

But whatever the context, one constant is that it does reduce your ability to function at full capacity for a day or two afterward.

Remember to keep this likely scenario in mind, and plan your next day around rest and exploration – whatever that means for your needs and preferences.