Magic Mushrooms are an entheogenic substance from the genuses psilocybe, panaeolus, and copelandia.
There are dozens of specific types of magic mushrooms but they all share one commonality: they all include the psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin.
The effects of ingesting magic mushrooms is similar to LSD. However, users report a more 'natural, holistic' feeling when on magic mushrooms. They also report a shorter total trip time.
In the early 1950s, Gordon Wasson, at that time Vice President of J.P. Morgan discovered the magic mushroom in a Mazatec community in Oaxaca, Mexico. He wrote an article entitled, "Seeking the Magic Mushroom," published in Life Magazine in 1957 about his experience in taking the magic mushroom with a local shaman, Maria Sabina.
This article brought knowledge of the existence of the magic mushroom to Westerners for the first time. In fact, this article was one of the first 'initiators' of the countercultural revolution of the 1960s.