Smoking weed when you’re in the midst of a psychedelic experience is common, whether you’re on shrooms, LSD, or another hallucinogenic.

Mixing cannabis and psilocybin-containing mushrooms is one of the most popular poly-psychodelic combinations among users. While reporting this piece, I surveyed nearly 90 people who mix weed and psychedelics, and just under half reported using mushrooms and weed together. People had all sorts of reasons for consuming cannabis while they were on shrooms, many similar to why they use cannabis in general, like to relax and to combat the nausea that can sometimes be a part of a mushroom experience. Another reason they mix the two is to increase the psychedelic effects of psilocybin, especially the visual effects when their eyes are open or closed.

When you are in your psychedelic journey—or the timing—really affects what happens when you add cannabis to the mix. For example, some people report smoking weed right after they’ve eaten mushrooms calms their minds and their stomachs. In fact, one survey participant told me that because “cannabis reduces their inhibitions, they can move into the psychedelic experience more gently, with less pushback from their ego.” Considering the main tripping navigation skill is to relax and release your control to the substance, or “trust, let go, be open,” perhaps cannabis could be a good companion.

Another common time people report adding some cannabis into the equation is after the peak of their trip and when the mushrooms are wearing off. When the psychedelic experience is starting to wind down, around hour five or six for a mushroom trip, consuming some cannabis can bring people right back to full-on tripping. It’s why many report adding cannabis to elongate a trip, although not everyone experiences this. Like everything with cannabis and psychedelics, experiences are completely individual, and can even change due to a person’s context (aka “set and setting”), stress level, diet, and other chemical and biological factors.

Cannabis vs. mushrooms

Cannabis

The effects of cannabis can vary widely depending on several factors, including:

  • The dose, strain, and potency.
  • Your method of consumption.
  • How often you use cannabis.

Mushrooms

While there are many types of hallucinogenic mushrooms, most are a variety of the species Psilocybe cubensis, which contains the psychedelic component psilocybin. As with cannabis, mushrooms alter sensory perception. However, the effect is more striking.

Mushrooms are usually dried and then eaten, steeped as a tea, or ground into powder that’s cooked into chocolates or placed in capsules. They can take 1 hour or more to kick in. The whole experience typically lasts 4 to 6 hours.

While people often think of mushrooms as opening up the mind, their effects are actually the result of the opposite process. When this process slows down or deactivates, your perception of the world around you dramatically shifts.

As a result:

  • Stationary objects might appear to move or melt.
  • Humans might appear deeply distorted.
  • Your perception of time and yourself changes.

“For some, these effects can lead to spiritual epiphanies and philosophical breakthroughs”

Comparing the two

Cannabis and mushrooms can both affect your perception of the world, but to different degrees. That said, the specific strain of cannabis or type of mushrooms you use can affect the experience.

Using them together

Cannabis before a mushroom trip

If you find that cannabis helps with nausea or anxiety, using it before consuming mushrooms may help ready your body for the trip.

But if you’re new to mushrooms, it’s best to avoid using cannabis first so you can get an accurate read on how mushrooms affect you.

Cannabis during a mushroom trip

When used around the time the mushroom’s effects are peaking (around 2 hours after initial consumption), cannabis can add to the overall intensity of the experience.

When used 3 to 4 hours in (when the effects of mushrooms begin to fade), cannabis can slightly prolong the experience and help you contextualize the experience.

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