Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms, collectively known as psilocybin mushrooms. These fungi, with psychoactive properties, have been used in religious practices for thousands of years.
Psilocybin is a hallucinogen that affects the central nervous system. It was first isolated from the Psilocybe mexicana mushroom in 1957 by Albert Hofmann and identified as the active compound of these mushrooms.
The effects typically include euphoria, visual and mental hallucinations, changes in perception such as time slowing down or speeding up, and spiritual experiences such as feelings of being connected to nature or having transcendent experiences.
The effects typically last from four to eight hours depending on dosage size.