If you’ve tripped on psilocybin (a.k.a., magic mushrooms) before, you’re already well aware what an intense experience it can be. And if shrooms can take an average activity like listening to music to an entirely different universe, you can probably imagine what sex on shrooms might feel like.
As intense and amazing as mushroom sex can be, it can also be an incredibly negative experience if you’re not careful. Most psychotropic substances are best experienced when you curate the right set and setting, and sex on magic mushrooms is no different.
How Do Magic Mushrooms Affect The Body?
Much like cannabis, shrooms will affect each person differently, depending on experience, dosage, genetic makeup, and your current state of mind or health. There are quite a few different factors to consider, especially when trying shrooms for the first time.
Psychedelic mushrooms have been used throughout the centuries for spiritual and religious purposes, as they tend to induce intense altered states of consciousness that allow the consumer to view the world in a very different way.
Its effects are comparable to other psychedelics like LSD, but the intensity of your experience will vary greatly depending on how much you consume.
“Microdosing,” a.k.a., taking about 1-2 grams of shrooms, or even less depending on your tolerance level, will result in a mild euphoria similar to the effects of serotonin: colors are brighter, music sounds better, and it’s hard to wipe the smile off your face.
On the other hand, taking an eighth (3.5 grams) or more at a time will likely result in a full on “trip,” which may cause users to see, feel, taste, or hear things that aren’t really there. Senses become distorted and heightened, resulting in users claiming phenomena like “hearing color” or “seeing sound.”
Taking shrooms in the wrong state of mind or environment can result in a “bad trip,” and you may experience panic or paranoia. This is why set and setting is so incredibly important.
Sex on Magic Mushrooms: How to Set Your Setting
Tripping on mushrooms can transform the most mundane task into a transcendent experience, but what if you decide to get hot and heavy in this altered state of mind?
As magical as this experience can be, there are quite a few factors to consider before committing to this level of intimacy.
Just as you can experience a “bad trip” anywhere else, you can definitely experience a “bad trip” in the bedroom. Or, even worse – you can have an intensely vivid and amazing experience, only to realize the next day that you’ve done it with the completely wrong person.
Here are some important things to keep in mind before you decide to combine shrooms and sex:
1. Full, sober consent is first and foremost.
Just like you technically can’t give full legal consent after you’ve had a few drinks, you definitely can’t consider someone saying yes to sex while tripping on shrooms actual consent.
In order to ensure you and your partner(s) are in a safe, mutually agreed upon environment, it’s essential that everyone consents before you turn on, tune in, and drop out.
Even then, it’s important to make sure everyone stays comfortable and enthusiastic throughout the experience. It can be difficult to stay tuned into other people’s body language when you’re all tripping, which is why it’s better to do it with people you already know and trust.
2. Make sure you’re with someone you fully trust.
Again, I really can’t stress this enough. Tripping and fooling around with a one-night stand might sound fun on paper, but if you’re not with someone you’re already familiar and comfortable with, this could quickly turn into a very negative experience.
A Vice interview featured the experiences of couples who’d had sex on shrooms – both those who knew each other well, and casual hookups who had met that same night.
“I was going down on her for a while, hard to say exactly how long because I was tripping...and suddenly, she started bugging that I would suck her clit into my mouth and not let it out,” an anonymous interviewee told Vice.
“It seemed like something triggered all these bad emotions with an ex who had been very rough and not responsive to her saying she didn’t want it so rough.”
Psychedelics can dig up trauma and hopefully help users work through it, but if you’re not in a safe environment to do so, it can easily turn into a negative, highly-triggering experience.
3. Set yourself up in a sexy, safe environment.
Have we mentioned the importance of set and setting yet? These are vital things to consider with any psychotropic experience, but when we’re dealing with sex on mushrooms, it’s especially important.
Sex on shrooms is best experienced with someone you’re comfortable with, and that experience gets even better when you’re in an environment you feel safe in.
If you’re doing it at home, throw on some fresh sheets, set some cozy mood lighting, and maybe even light a few candles.
Many people like to trip while camping or at an outdoor festival. If that’s the case for your experience, make sure you’re in a protected and private area so you can soak in the nature without being constantly worried you’re going to get caught.
4. Know your limit.
Magic mushrooms affect everyone differently, depending on the amount you take, the size of your body, how much you’ve eaten that day, your tolerance level, and more.
Because of this, it’s important to know your limit and figure out just exactly how hard you want to trip before you engage in sexual activity. You might feel more comfortable microdosing, especially if it’s your first time.
Stay safe and start slow. You can’t reverse the trip if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.
5. Time the trip correctly.
Another important element to consider is the timing of it all. Most users who regularly incorporate shrooms into their sex lives report that the experience is best when they wait until after the trip’s peak.
Having sex at the peak can be way too intense, especially if you’re rendered speechless or completely overwhelmed by the shrooms’ effects.
Instead, the comedown might be the perfect time to get intimate: sensations are softened, and you’re likely basking in the afterglow of a spiritual experience.
6. Be prepared to experience cosmic lust and make a real connection.
When having sex on shrooms, you never know how intense the experience might be.
Simply tripping with a friend and ordering food together can bond you in ways you never would have expected, so imagine what that can feel like when you’re orgasming.
Shrooms are known for the feeling of connection and “oneness” with the world, and this can definitely be felt during sex.
This is why it’s so important to do it with someone you’re fully comfortable with. Shrooms and sex can make you feel like you’re falling in love, and if you’re not with the right person, that can leave you in an incredibly vulnerable position.
Stay safe, be smart, and proceed with caution, enthusiasm, and an open mind to what can be a truly incredible experience – if done right.
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