Magic mushrooms – also known as shrooms, mushies, Amani, and philosopher’s stones – are cultivated mushrooms. These mushrooms contain a psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound called psilocybin, which was first isolated in 1958 by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann, who also discovered LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Shrooms often look like dried ordinary mushrooms with long, thin stems that are whitish-gray. They usually have dark brown caps that are light brown or white in the center. Dried mushrooms tend to be a rust color with certain off-white areas.
Magic mushrooms can be eaten, mixed with food, or brewed as a tea for drinking. Mushrooms tend to create the strongest high or “trip” when eaten, but their reported poor taste has resulted in thousands of recipes like mushroom chocolate. Mushroom chocolate refers to chocolate recipes that contain mushrooms. Mushroom chocolate bars are especially common shroom-related deserts that make it easier for users to consume them.