How Long Does It Take For Shrooms To Kick In (And Why)?

How Long Does It Take For Shrooms To Kick In (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 20 To 30 Minutes

Shrooms, scientifically known as Psilocybin mushrooms are a type of fungi, or speaking, mushrooms. Shrooms are also called magic mushrooms because of their property to cause hallucinations and psychedelic effects.

Apart from just causing psychological effects in the body, consumption of shrooms can cause physical effects as well. It can be nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, drowsiness, lack of concentration, and the inability of body parts to coordinate as well.

Though these shrooms can cause drug-like psychological effects like euphoria, hallucinations, distortion from reality, and relaxation, scientific studies have proved these magic mushrooms to be non-addictive. 

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How Long Does It Take For Shrooms To Kick In?

When consumed, the shrooms can start kicking in and show their effects within a span of just 20 to 30 minutes. Moreover, the psychological effects can last up to as long as 6 hours. There are many after-effects of consuming shrooms as well which can last up to a day or two. Such effects can be body pain, headaches, and vomiting. 

Though generally, it takes 20 to 30 minutes for shrooms to kick in. However, above that, the time depends on a major factor, that is, dosage.

Naturally found shrooms are not much risky and thus cause not many psychedelic effects or any other effects as well. It is so because these shrooms have more water content as compared to psychedelic effects causing chemicals.

However, dried shrooms are extremely effective and start kicking in within just 15 to 20 minutes. The reason behind that is because dried shrooms barely have water and more chemicals. Thus, dried shrooms are risky to health as well.

So before consuming dried shrooms, it is important to take care of the dosage that you will be consuming. As the time also depends on this factor.

A dosage of dried shrooms ranging from 1 to 2.5 grams is not very risky to health. If taken a dosage of anywhere between this range, it can take up to 20 to 25 minutes for shrooms to kick in.

If you take a dosage of 2.5 to 5 grams, which can simply be called a high dose, then it will take you no longer than 15 to 20 minutes for shrooms to start showing the effects in your body.

The riskiest dosage also called ‘heroic dosage’ is any quantity above 5 grams. If taking this dose, shrooms will not only show effects in less time, that would be 5 to 15 minutes, but extreme health effects as well.

Dosage (Dried Shrooms)Time
1 to 2.5 grams20 to 25 minutes
2.5 to 5 grams15 to 20 minutes
Over 5 grams5 to 15 minutes

Why Does It Take That Long For Shrooms To Kick In?

Shrooms have a chemical in them called psilocybin. When these shrooms are consumed, the liver performs a process of dephosphorylation upon this chemical, which results in the transformation of Psilocybin into psilocin.

The main reason behind the psychedelic effects like euphoria, hallucinations, and other such effects is this chemical, psilocin only.

Thus, if naturally found shroom is consumed then its water content dilutes the newly formed chemical psilocin and there are no serious psychological or physical effects.

In the same way, when less dosage is consumed than the amount of Psilocybin formed is also small. Consequently, psilocin is also produced in small quantities and there are not many severe effects shown in the body. Moreover, the time of shrooms to kick in is also increased due to not much activeness of chemicals.

However, if the shrooms are taken in big dosages, then more psilocin is produced and the body shows more effects with less time for shrooms to kick in.


Magic mushrooms are a kind of natural drug found in the environment. It is said due to the psychedelic effects caused because of its consumption. The legality of these shrooms varies from country to country.

Though it might take just 20 to 30 minutes for shrooms to kick in, its effects can last long from anywhere between 6 hours to a complete day.

However, it is important to make sure that if you are consuming these shrooms, then check if they are legal there, it is recommended not to consume them in dried form, as they are more effective and can cause health risks, and if you are consuming them in a dried form then do not do take high doses of it.


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