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I Attempted to Slightly Ween Off
Mushrooms - P. semilanceata & Citalopram
by IPutHotDogsUpMyBun
Citation:   IPutHotDogsUpMyBun. "I Attempted to Slightly Ween Off: An Experience with Mushrooms - P. semilanceata & Citalopram (exp111992)". Erowid.org. Apr 10, 2020. erowid.org/exp/111992

 
DOSE:
    Pharms - Citalopram  
  0.8 g oral Mushrooms - P. semilanceata  
    oral Ginger (tea)

BODY WEIGHT: 135 lb


Weening off Citalopram for Shrooms

Keywords:
citalopram, ssri, ssri withdrawal, psilocybe semilanceata, liberty caps, first time, ginger

Preface:
I've been on the SSRI Citalopram for quite a while as a result of a traumatic breakup. It's about 10 months after and I feel less depressed but also kind of directionless and stagnant. I'm looking to shrooms for answers. I attempted to slightly ween off the SSRIs before consuming shrooms. I found the consensus online is that mixing shrooms and SSRIs results in lessened effects or effects that seem more like drunkenness than a thoughtful eye-opening trip.

Doses:
Citalopram: [20mg/daily] x 10 months, [10mg/daily] x 3 days, [5mg] x 1 day, [0mg] x 1 day.
Liberty Caps: 0.8g over 1.5 hours.

To explain the above, I took 20mg of citalopram (a low/moderate dose) for 10 months, then prior to shroom day I took 10mg for a day, 10mg for a day, 10mg for a day, 5mg for a day, zero for a day, and then I shroomed the following day. Prior to shroom day I experience mild SSRI withdrawal symptoms: dizziness, discomfort and disorientation upon sudden changes in momentum, infrequent brain-zaps.

The experience:
T+0:00 - I was nervous so I only took 0.8g grinded up into a hot chocolate with some sober friends. I strained some ginger into the water to attempt to bypass any stomach pains (seemed to work). I tasted a small dry piece of shroom and was surprised by mundane it tasted. I started sipping.

T+0:15 - I'm not even close to finishing the hot chocolate but I feel slight more goofy. It's possible it was placebo at this stage.

T+1:00 - Still not done but I feel slightly intoxicated. Not tripping, no hallucinations, but I do feel an array of positive-vibes and a cannabis-like brain fog. Nothing that feels too unique from a cannabis or alcohol but welcome nonetheless.

T+1:30 - Looking back I must have reached the 'peak' before this point. Surprising to have that done so soon but I was on a low dose in combination with an SSRI. I finish the drink because I'm not scared of getting the full experience.

T+3:00 - Things have remained pretty mundane. I begin to feel tired but extremely comfy in my friends' futon with my YouTube playlist running (mostly Tame Impala and the Tragically Hip). I sleep.

T+4:00 - I wake up. Not long after this point I develop an annoying headache. I decide to take 5mg of citalopram to avoid further SSRI withdrawals.

T+7:00 - I drive home and write this report. Headache is pretty annoying.

Foreword:
I would not call this a 'trip' and I think any cannabis user would feel at home with this experience. I'd like to take a higher dose (maybe 2g or 2.5g) when the SSRI is out of my system. That said, one shouldn't do psychs really often so I'll try to give it some time.

Cheers

Exp Year: 2018ExpID: 111992
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 24 
Published: Apr 10, 2020Views: 642
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