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Shroom Trip Duration: How Long Does a Shroom Trip Last?

A shroom trip can be an enlightening and breathtaking experience. Tripping on any psychedelic, including magic mushrooms, can sometimes be a lengthy experience. One of the main questions we hear from those looking to dip their toes into the world of shrooms is, “How long does a shroom trip last?“. It’s an excellent question, but the answer is more complex than you might think. Join us as we cover everything there is to know about shroom trip duration in this comprehensive guide!

How Long Does a Shroom Trip Last?

Generally speaking, a shroom trip lasts around 4-6 hours after the onset of the effects. But bear in mind; this is not a one-size-fits-all type of deal. The duration of your shroom trip can vary greatly depending on various factors like dosage, the potency of the mushrooms, your experience level, your metabolism, etc.

So, when planning your shroom trip, it’s crucial that you keep an open schedule and allow yourself enough time to experience the full range of effects without the pressure of time constraints.

Phases of a Magic Mushroom Trip

A psychedelic journey unfolds through distinct stages, each offering a unique set of experiences and insights. Let’s take an in-depth look at each phase of a shroom trip:

The Come Up

Within about 20-40 minutes after taking shrooms, you’ll start to notice the initial effects kick in. These effects can include heightened sensory perception, changes in mood, and sometimes a bit of anxiety or uneasiness.

As the come-up progresses, you may notice a shift in your perception of the world around you. Colours might appear more vibrant, objects may start to “breathe,” and sounds can take on a new dimension. You might also experience a heightened sense of interconnectedness and a deeper appreciation for the beauty of nature.

The Peak

The peak of a shroom trip usually occurs around 2 to 3 hours after ingestion. During this phase, the psychedelic effects are at their most intense. These effects can include intense visual hallucinations, profound introspective insights, feelings of euphoria, and a distorted sense of time. Users may also experience synesthesia, a phenomenon where senses cross over, such as “seeing” sounds or “hearing” colours.

The Come Down

As the peak of the experience comes to an end, you enter what’s known as the “Come Down” phase. During this phase, effects will gradually start to fade, giving way to a period of introspection and a heightened emotional state. Many users report this phase as a time of deep insight and personal reflection.

The Afterglow

In the hours or even days following a shroom trip, some users experience what’s known as the “afterglow” effect. This period is characterized by lingering feelings of heightened self-awareness, emotional clarity, and a general sense of well-being.

It’s important to note that the afterglow effect isn’t universal, and it can vary from person to person in intensity and duration. But for those who do experience it, the afterglow can provide a valuable opportunity to integrate the lessons and insights gained from their shroom trip into their daily lives.

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Factors That Can Affect Shroom Trip Duration

When trying to plan out how long a shroom trip will last, there are a few key factors to take into consideration, such as:


The amount of magic mushrooms you consume will directly impact your trip’s length. A heavier dose typically results in a longer-lasting experience, while lower doses yield a shorter and milder experience. For more dosage information, check out our Magic Mushroom Dosage Guide.


Not all magic mushrooms are created equal, and the potency can vary between different species and even individual mushrooms within the same batch. Stronger mushrooms will lead to a more potent and potentially longer-lasting trip.

Individual Factors

Every person is unique, and factors such as body weight, metabolism, and tolerance can all play a role in determining how long a shroom trip lasts. For example, someone with a faster metabolism may process the psychoactive compounds in mushrooms more quickly, leading to a shorter trip.

Preparation Methods

How you consume your shrooms can affect how long your trip lasts. For example, taking shrooms in the form of a shroom tea or lemon tek can speed up the absorption process, leading to a quicker onset and shorter trip duration, while consuming them raw or with food may result in a slower onset and longer-lasting experience.

Set and Setting

Believe it or not, your mental and emotional state, as well as your environment, can influence the duration and overall experience of a shroom trip. A comfortable, familiar setting with a positive mindset can contribute to a smoother, more enjoyable journey.

Managing the Duration of Your Shroom Trip

While it’s impossible to predict the exact duration of a shroom trip, there are some measures you can take to have more control over how long your shroom trip lasts.

Change Up Your Consumption Method

As mentioned, how you take shrooms can affect how long your trip lasts. For example, you can use the lemon tek method to shorten the duration of your trip. Lemon tek involves grinding the dried magic mushrooms and soaking them in lemon juice, which helps to break down the psychoactive compounds faster, leading to a quicker onset and shorter trip duration.

On the other hand, if you prefer a longer-lasting experience, you can consume the shrooms raw or mix them with food. This approach will result in a slower absorption process, potentially making your trip last longer.

Strain & Dosage Selection

Another option to manage the duration of your trip is to choose a more potent strain of magic mushrooms and take a heavier dose for a more intense and longer-lasting experience. Conversely, if you prefer a shorter, milder experience, you can opt for a less potent strain and a lower dose.

Remember that safety should always be your top priority, so it’s essential to research the strains and dosages carefully before embarking on your shroom trip. If you’re new to magic mushrooms or have a low tolerance, it’s always best to start with a lower dose and gradually increase as you become more comfortable and familiar with the effects.

How Long Do Shrooms Stay in Your System?

It usually takes around 24 hours for the primary psychoactive compounds (psilocybin and psilocin) to be eliminated from your body. That being said, traces of psilocin can still be detected in urine for up to 2-3 days. Several factors can influence how long shrooms stay in your system, including individual metabolism, body mass, hydration levels, and the amount of mushrooms consumed.

It’s important to note that standard drug tests, such as the 5-panel urine test, do not screen for psilocybin or psilocin. More specialized tests, like the 10-panel urine tests or hair follicle drug tests, may be able to detect the presence of these compounds. However, these tests are costly and aren’t as common.

If you expect to be subject to a drug test in the near future, it’s best to err on the side of caution and give your body plenty of time to get rid of any traces of psilocybin.


To sum up, a shroom trip generally lasts 4-6 hours and unfolds in four phases: the come up, the peak, the come down, and potentially, the afterglow. However, this duration often varies based on dosage, potency, consumption method, and individual factors.

While it’s difficult to predict precisely how long a shroom trip will last, certain practices, such as choosing the right strain or changing your consumption method, can help manage your experience. Always remember that safety, preparation, and knowledge are the key to a positive experience.

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About Morgan Vargas

Morgan Vargas, a writer at Top Shelf Shrooms, explores the vast world of psychedelics with enthusiasm and creativity. His passion lies in unearthing the potential of these substances for mental health and trauma recovery. Drawing inspiration from the works of renowned mycologists, Terence McKenna and Paul Stamets, Vargas seeks to demystify the psychedelic realm through his insightful writings.