Sex On Magic Mushrooms
Recreational drugs and sex have always been intertwined. Associated with the illicit and taboo, despite their increasing normalisation, they tend to go hand in hand. Of course there are many different types of drugs, and many different types of sex. And, of course, we are only discussing the mutually consensual kind where both you and your sexual partner (be they your spouse of 30 years, or some babe you just met), are aware that one, or both, of you is somewhat altered.
Psychedelics can transform the most mundane of experiences— just imagine what they could do for sex! Magic mushrooms especially, are a favourite with people hoping to take their lovemaking to the next level, due to their earthy and life-affirming nature. And, despite the caution required to embark on having sex while high, many people chart it as being the pinnacle experience of their lives. So— it definitely sounds like it’s worth a try right?
Time For Some Tips
Well, as this is a tricky area, we have decided to share some tips, advice and rules-of-thumb on how to have the best, and safest, time if you and your partner choose to have sex on shrooms! Of course, you can’t always plan when ‘the urge’ arises, but hopefully with our advice you may be a little prepared if the sparks start to fly… psychedelically.
“We could play with each other’s brains, stroke mental erogenous zones. Flash electric current between us.”
—Liz Elliot recalls her experience with Timothy Leary.
1. Consent Is King
It may seem obvious, but we have to start with the big one. Once tripping you can’t legally consent to sex as you are not in a sober state of mind. Of course this doesn’t stop tons of folks having great psychedelic sex with consent. As you can never completely divine where a psychedelic trip might take you, it is good to discuss what could happen beforehand in this most intimate of acts. Decide together the dosage, the method etc. Make sure you establish boundaries and intentions before you start anything, this will both make you feel more comfortable (essential for any trip!), and prepare you for unexpected eventualities down the road. Once decided, you may proceed with cautious excitement…
2. Pick Your Partner Wisely
One of the most important things is WHO you choose to have your psychedelic bonk with. Ideally, they are a long-term partner who you know well, trust, and have had a substantial amount of sex with already. The better you know each other, and each others’ sexual likes and dislikes, the easier and more enjoyable it will be. You may have even tripped together before in a non-sexual context!
That would, of course, be excellent. But in these situations there is always a high chance you won’t know your partner so well, whether you’ve only been dating a few weeks or you’ve just met at a festival, dancing around in facepaint. What you both have to realise is that, even if the sex is technically casual, psychedelics could make it far from it. Make sure you are both on the same page, and expect the unexpected.
3. Sexy Settings
Like any trip, the setting is of paramount importance. Again, somewhere in which you feel comfortable or familiar is ideal. With the heightened senses that come from tripping, even your own bed takes on an entirely new dimension. Launder some fresh sheets, set some cosy mood lighting and see the quotidian transformed.
Alternatively, many people cite camping or festival trips to be the ideal place to try some psychedelic sex. Being surrounded by nature is always a tripper favourite, but combining it with love-making can make you feel connected to the world like nothing else. Many people recommend it… just don’t let anyone see you.
Now, many people might think that taking shrooms and then attempting to have sex is a laughable idea. When the world is so engaging, can you focus on the job at hand? Well for many people the answer might be no. That’s fine too! You may have planned to have sex but instead spend 3 hours staring into each other’s eyes. It will probably be just as intimate. For those who do feel up to it however, Michelle Janikian author of Your Psilocybin Companion: An Informative, Easy-to-Use Guide to Understanding Magic Mushrooms, recommends 1.5 to 3.5g of dried shrooms— thats 5-20g of fresh truffles, lovers. She believes this is enough to be able to foster a deep and out-of-this-world connection.
Alternatively, some people prefer taking a microdose (around one 10th of a psychedelic dose), or just a very moderate dose to make love. You will still be present in your body, but can appreciate the enhanced feelings of touch and emotion that a lower dosage can still bring. This is also ideal for beginners— once you’ve got some experience you can branch out. Exactly the same as tripping and sex separately really!
5. Timing Is Everything
A popular way of incorporating sex and psychedelic mushrooms is by waiting until after the peak of the trip. In the comedown, when the sensations are softer and you are feeling the afterglow of whatever journey you have made, it can be the perfect time to get intimate with your partner. Procreation while peaking is probably only worth attempting once you have a little more experience.
6. Shrooms— A Love Potion?
Well, as we mentioned before, when having sex on magic mushrooms you need to expect the unexpected. You might have a total ego death while you orgasm. You might get transfixed by the weirdness of your bodies and not want to copulate AT ALL. You could also… fall in love?
Psychedelic mushrooms are known to gift feelings of connection, love and one-ness with the world on the user. Couple that with the intimate experience of sex and you could have yourself a psychedelic love potion! It may sound silly, but be warned— as Janikian says
“I feel like if you trip with someone it can be like six months of dating in one day because you get to know them on this new level.”
7. Self Discovery
You could foster an even deeper connection with your existing partner, or fall in love with an entirely new person. On the other hand the intensity of the experience could make you realise your relationship is not working anymore, or you’re in love with someone else. Such personal revelations are possible on psychedelics whether you’re gettin’ busy or not.
Artist Annie Sprinkle in her book How Psychedelic Informed My Sex Life and Sex Work states;
“Both sex and psychedelics are ultimately about consciousness, about self-discovery, and going beyond everyday reality to that magical place somewhere over the rainbow, where we feel Divine and we experience some truth.”
Sex on magic mushrooms-— divine, but not for the faint-hearted.