We have received many questions regarding the potential psychedelic effects of Lions Mane Mushrooms. Spoiler: There are not any. Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane Mushroom) is not a psychoactive drug.
The only “high” you get is increased sharpness, mental performance, and concentration. Let’s get down to the details.
What is Lion’s Mane Mushroom?
Lions Mane Medicinal Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Nowadays, it is still one of the most popular adaptogenic mushrooms because of the wide availability and a wide range of benefits that it provides. This fungus grows on the remains of dead trees, preferring cooler climes in its native Europe, Northern Asia, and North America.
Is Lion’s Mane Psychedelic?
No, lions mane is not psychedelic. It does not make you “trip” or experience any psychoactive effects where your consciousness is altered in any way that you do not have control of. Mushrooms that do produce “highs” contain a compound called psilocybin, which is a naturally occurring psychedelic that changes the way your mind works. Since Lions Mane does not contain psilocybin or any other psychoactive compounds, you are at no risk for getting high by eating this fungus.
Does Lion’s Mane Make You Hallucinate?
Since Lions Mane is not psychedelic, it does not cause hallucinations. So, you can safely consume these meditative mushrooms in the course of a working day, because it won’t harm your cognitive abilities.
How does Lion’s Mane Make You Feel?
Lions Mane is known to decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, so if you regularly consume this mushroom, expect to experience an improvement in your mood. You are also likely to feel more sharp-headed and focused because of the mental benefits of the Lions Mane Mushroom, as well as the benefits it has on cognitive functions.
While many of these compounds are just beginning to be understood by science, a few are known to have profound effects. For instance, the hericenones found inside lions mane fruit bodies, and erinacine, found inside the mushroom mycelium, both possess incredible neurotrophic potential.
Can Lion’s Mane Cause any Allergic Reactions?
When it comes to the side effects of lion’s mane, there is little, if any, risk of allergic reactions, though it is not unheard of. If you are allergic – particularly to other mushrooms, molds, or yeasts – take caution the first time you consume lions mane. If you see any signs of allergic reactions, consult with your health care provider right away.