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Magic Mushroom

Hi im 13 years old and i have been thinking about taking magic mushrooms for a very long time. I want to know how it feels. I know the consequences. I have a friend who has took them and has really liked it. The thought wont leave my head i feel very overwhelmed.

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Hi there,

Taking any drug can be dangerous and if this is something you’re thinking about doing or have done, remember there is help and support there for you.

Magic mushrooms or ‘Shrooms grow in the wild. When someone takes a magic mushroom, they may feel excited or giggly, but it can also make people feel anxious, paranoid or scared. It can make people vomit, have diarrhoea, and see and hear things (hallucinate). If someone already has mental health issues when taking a magic mushroom, it may leave them having flashbacks and lose control of what you’re doing.

Frank is a service which gives information about different drugs and the effects it can have and you may find it helpful to find out more about the risks of taking mushrooms. One of the biggest dangers to your physical health when taking magic mushrooms is eating a poisonous mushroom by mistake. Eating a poisonous mushroom can be very dangerous and there are many types found in the UK which are dangerous. If you or someone you know has taken a mushroom which you think maybe poisonous it’s important to get medical help as soon as possible by calling 999.

When people we know or care for are doing things it can make us feel pressure to also join in and do the same things, to try to fit in and this is called peer pressure, but you always have choices. Learning to become more assertive, can help you to express your feelings and stand up for yourself, while still being respectful to others. Like any skill it can take time and practice to learn but the Childline page on being assertive shares different ways you can become more assertive.

While your friend may have taken these drugs, it’s important to remember the same drug can affect different people’s bodies and minds in very different ways. And even if someone has tried that drug before, the next time they take it can also have a very different effect on their body. It can be good to speak to other young people about how you’re feeling and the Childline message boards is a safe place where you can talk to other young people about how they have coped with the urges of taking drugs or peer pressure. You may also find it helpful to speak to a Childline counsellor online or on the phone about these feelings too.

Take care


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