Citation: Jordan C. "Beautiful First Trip: An Experience with Mushrooms & Cannabis (exp67867)". Erowid.org. Apr 13, 2020. erowid.org/exp/67867
Let me start by saying that I am an 18 year old college student, I weigh 137 pounds and I have had no drug experience other than alcohol (fairly regularly at parties and such) and weed ( which I had only done about ten times). I had an amazing first trip and I would highly recommend the experience to everyone.
I had been extremely curious about shrooms for about four months, and I finally got the opportunity to try them about a week ago with my friend and her boyfriend. Before taking mushrooms, I did a lengthy amount of research which included reading trip reports, FAQ's, scientific websites, Aldous Huxley's 'The Doors of Perception', and Timothy Leary's 'The Psychedelic Experience.' I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have a good amount of knowledge about this drug before trying it.
My friend, who we can call Kate, and her boyfriend, who we can call James, managed to get an ounce of high-grade psilocybin mushrooms and they knew I was interested, so they invited me to do it with them. We planned a day when none of us had anything on our minds for at least 24 hours. It was our last day of classes and accordingly, we were not stressed or anxious, allowing us to enjoy the experience to its fullest potential.
At around 4:30, in Kate's dorm room, we each had an 1/8 of dried mushrooms, ingested orally over the course of about ten minutes. Having planned ahead, we walked outside to a nearby park where we smoked a couple of joints as we waited for the effects to come on. The effects hadn't hit us yet as we started walking back to the dorms, but as we got nearer, my mind went into an extremely lucid train of thought. I had this weird feeling in my legs that made them feel both light and heavy at the same time, and I realized that opposites are required to create the middle ground of anything. This was not a new idea to me, but it now had so much more depth and importance. This was the first sign that the effects had started to kick in.
We got back to the dorms at around 5:15, 45 minutes after ingesting the mushrooms. Slowly but surely, the trip started. At first I was extremely anxious and kind of scared because once the visuals started, I knew that I was in for the whole ride and that there was no way to get out. This troubled me at first since I felt trapped in my mind, but then I remembered something from Timothy Leary's 'The Psychedelic Experience': 'When in doubt, turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.' My nervousness quickly turned into pure joy and excitement towards this new world that I was about to explore.
About an hour in is when things got really 'trippy.' I could see all of the fibers on my plain white t-shirt, and they were glowing with this extreme radiance. I had never before paid any attention to the pattern of a plain white shirt
I had never before paid any attention to the pattern of a plain white shirt
; but during my trip, it was the most amusing thing. I had this notion that my shirt was alive and breathing, and that it was a part of me at that moment in time and we were connected somehow. Then I looked at this bright pink pillow on kate's floor and the creases and fuzzies on it started forming into faces that looked like teapots, kind of like the teapots in Beauty and the Beast.
I stood up, just because I had an extremely strong desire to, and I looked in the mirror. Everyone looks ridiculously funny and their eyes became huge. I have wavy/curly medium lenght hair, and when I looked in the mirror, it was waving around and curling up and down. My face looked normal except it had this humorous tone to it, and I thought I kind of looked like a lion.
Time became irrelevant. We were playing The Beatles for the majority of the trip and in the course of a 3 minute song, I would have what seemed like a lifetimes worth of thoughts. My mind was like a river (that's how I described it to kate) and it was unbelievable how far into the depths of my mind I went.....and after awhile I would look around and laugh because it was just so amazing and I felt so euphoric. I remember being extremely happy because I knew that even though it seemed like we had been tripping for hours it had probably only been a half hour or so and I wanted it to last as long as possible.
Music definitely guided my trip. Two songs I would highly recommend are 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Across The Universe' by the Beatles. Music just made so much sense to me, as if I WAS the music. I fully understood why the artist chose each individually note, and I heard layers of the music that had never before caught my ear. The line from across the universe, 'Nothing's gonna change my world' made so much sense to me and for the duration of the song, all my worries were gone. I just sat back with my arms behind my head and I finally understood the world. The feeling was so beautiful. I felt like my new knowledge somehow connected me to everyone who had ever done mushrooms or been in the kind of state that I was in.
I kept having the urge to write down what I was thinking, but then I realized that words are futile. I came to the conclusion that our perception of things in ordinary life is completely limited by the words we can use to express it and it was a relief to just know that and be able to appreciate the moment without scrambling to write it down.
Kate's roomate (Jessie) was also in the room and she was getting ready to go out to a party. She actually turned out to play a really important role in the trip because she was my only connection to 'reality.' Me, kate, and James were just so entranced by everything that we had completely forgotten about the outside world. At first it annoyed me to have her around, but I ended up being glad, mainly because it was an awesome feeling to know that me and james and kate were in the same room as jessi, but that we were having this amazing experience in our minds. It was like we had our own little secret, which at the time was an amazing feeling.
After Jessie left, we put on Dark Side of The Moon, which was a truly spiritual experience. I closed my eyes for the entire thing and had these intense visualizations that matched the music. After dark side, we started coming down, and kate and james went outside to smoke a joint, while i put on my headphones and meditated in the room.
After all was said and done, it was around 11:00 at night which seemed odd because I felt like I had lived a lifetime, but an amazing lifetime. I cannot recommend the experience enough. Just for a few precious hours to be shown a new and beautiful world unlike anything I have ever experienced is such an amazing opportunity that so many people will miss out on. I plan to try them again in a month or so and perhaps try to delve deeper into my mind. My experience was incredible, however while tripping I realized how easily things could go wrong.
Eventually I want to do them alone so that I can have a more personal experience with myself, but I recognize that I need more experience first. Happy tripping!
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