Found in certain mushrooms (hence its nickname, “magic mushrooms”), psilocybin has found use in psychotherapy and may have a role in treating mood disorders and alcohol use disorder.
That role leads some to assume psilocybin is relatively safe. Outside of a strictly managed clinical setting, however, psilocybin abuse can be risky. The drug’s psychedelic effects can be very intense and may cause some to panic, especially if they’re being experienced in a noisy, hectic environment like a dorm room, club, or festival.
Psilocybin is relatively nontoxic, and research seems to show there’s a low risk of dependence or tolerance. However, any drug abuse is a warning sign of greater problems, and detox from psilocybin abuse could be a great first step to a healthier life.