Shrooms and acids are both psychedelic drugs which cause changes in perception and cognition. Before you find the answer to the difference between shrooms vs. acid, you need to understand psychedelics first.
Psychedelics are part of a wider class of drugs called hallucinogens which affect how people sense and see the world.
Psychedelic drugs have different effects depending on which type is taken but they all share certain qualities. The effects of both shrooms and acid vary depending on where a user is experiencing them (setting), mood (set or mindset), expectations, and level of experience with the drug.
Interestingly, any hesitations or senses of uncertainty, can also negatively affect their experience. This doubt could magnify into extreme anxiety and can be dangerous for the user. Psychedelics have the reported general effects:
- Synesthesia or the blending of senses (hearing colors, seeing sounds, etc.)
- Colors seem more intense
- Increased depth perception
- Increased body awareness
- Distortion of sense of time
- Seeing things even when eyes are closed
- Heightened sensitivity to changes in the environment
- Deeper insights
- Alterations in memory
- Short-term memory impairment
Some people who take psychedelic drugs end up with a distressing experience known as a “bad trip”. Bad trips often result from fear or doubt in the beginning of the psychedelic experience, or an event that causes anxiety. Bad trips are associated with the following negative feelings:
- Intense fear
- Episodes of psychosis
While the positive effects of psychedelics result from “set and setting”, some people report religious, spiritual, and enlightening experiences while using psychedelic drugs. Psilocybin from magic mushrooms along with lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) commonly called acid are among the most common forms of psychedelic drugs.
LSD gained popularity in the 1960s but magic mushrooms have been used in religious rituals for thousands of years. Like all psychedelics, they both affect the human mind and change perceptions.
Any experienced psychonaut can say there are significant differences between the two.
Psilocybin is a naturally-occurring psychedelic found in magic mushroom species. One dose of psilocybin is equivalent to 1 to 4 grams of dried magic mushrooms. A trip from magic mushroom lasts between 6 to 8 hours. There’s also no potential for physical addiction with psilocybin mushrooms.
On the other hand, LSD is a man-made psychedelic invented in 1938 and first used in 1943. It’s derived from ergot, a fungus that grows on rye. A dose of LSD is between 100-250 micrograms and can produce a trip that lasts anywhere between 8 to 12 hours. Similar to psilocybin, it doesn’t have a potential for physical addiction.
While magic mushrooms are typically either eaten or brewed into tea, LSD is made synthetically and usually processed into thin strips that can be absorbed by placing them on the tongue.
The Effects of LSD vs Shrooms
People who are high on LSD tend to be more functional within reality. They find it easier to interact with sober individuals and this leads to a more “extrospective” experience. They’re also more likely to remain positive as LSD gives a surge of bubbling, positive energy. It’s common for users to say their experience with LSD seems smoother.
On the other hand, magic mushrooms lead to ego drop. One becomes more aware of oneself and experiences a form of unity with the universe or the divine. Any users feel a stronger connection to nature and earth when on magic mushroom. The come-up from magic mushrooms is also more intense, with more introspective experience, and makes a person lose touch with the sober reality.
However, both magic mushrooms and LSD can still experience a bad trip or have volatile and inconsistent emotions. This depends more on the “set and setting”.
Here are some statement from users in various forums when speaking about their experiences in using shrooms vs acid:
“I say mushrooms are much more lovey, and more directed. Mushrooms put me into myself and the world so much it feels like I’m just swimming in it. Mushrooms are like home. Acid is a good journey.”
– iwasacatonce, http://bit.ly/2sv2xsW
“With mushrooms, you are the passenger. With acid, you’re the driver.”
– Willfill, http://bit.ly/2sv2xs
“I can safely say that mushrooms are much milder than LSD when it comes to the trip per set. The psychedelic effect of mushrooms comes in bursts. You ingest it and don’t realize and you see something awesome all of a sudden. I remember sitting on a chair and staring at a telephone tower and it looked like it was a rocket taking off. Then it disappeared! After a few minutes the trees in front of me seemed like the entrance/archway in to some sort of a huge garden.
My point is that the trip is mellow, visions come in bursts. The colors and sounds are not extremely pronounced, but they’re there. You can see sound and hear colors; but they’re not heightened as much as it would be in an acid trip.
Most of my acid trips have been intense. The colors, visions, and sounds are highly pronounced. The colors are myriad and hardcore and the sounds are very clear. As the trip slowly starts, you can slowly feel it peaking to its zenith in a couple of hours when the psychedelia is just massive! For example, I actually saw an alien come out of a UV drape at a rave and apparently danced with it for a good 2 minutes! With acid, the feeling that you’ve ingested it stays with you as you feel it in your head constantly.”
– Anonymous http://bit.ly/2j0eJdb
“Shrooms are more of a healing and teaching inwards in my experience. They tend to be lethargic whereas LSD is inherently euphoric and stimulating. LSD is less introspective and much more visual to me personally, and there is a lot more variation to the visuals as well I find. All of this obviously depends on dosage and is still personal experience of course.
On LSD I typically experience shimmering heatwave-like visuals, underwater-like visuals, trails, melting, twisting, visuals often change depth as if they’re popping out of or retracting into objects, a curious effect. I can’t really explain what seems to add additional “colored layers” around borders, there’s more symmetry and defined edges. I also have experienced lenticular looking visuals on many occasions. Sometimes still 2d images seem to “animate” back and forth between 2 states, in a rudimentary fashion reminiscent of old Disney animations, but choppier and with less frames.
On mushrooms things look decidedly more warped to me, with certain aspects of the room (eg the floor, corners) taking on distorted or impossible-looking physical appearances. My pattern recognition and overall visual acuity seems way better on shrooms. The movement of patterns is similar but different. On a moderate dose of shrooms, only the patterns in the center of my vision that I’m focusing on will come to life, whereas on LSD, all patterns even in my peripheral vision come alive. The pattern movements are a lot faster and visually intricate on LSD too. I also get more “drifting” and smearing, reminiscent of oil wheel projections.
Things can more easily go south mentally on mushrooms, though there’s always a lesson to be learned no matter how stern the message is conveyed. I love LSD and am blown away by its visuals and lovely euphoric body high, and have also made some important realizations on it even on low doses, but mushrooms are my go to if I really need to clear the mental cobwebs and need some direction in life.”
– TryptamineWizard http://bit.ly/2rjFSex