I'm an anxious guy. And I got to the point - many years ago - where my heart resided up in my throat and beat to the drum of my worry. My doc put me on Lexapro; it helped and I've been on it ever since. And now - obviously without doing enough research - I've successfully grown a couple of nice crops of B+ and Golden Teacher, and had some not great experiences.
First time out - I chopped and consumed about 30 grams of fresh B+. I did have moments of pleasure, but for the most part it wasn't great. Bloating, gas, toilet time, sweating... not exactly what I was hoping for.
Second time – about a week later - dried B+ - about 4 grams pulverized and consumed in a "smoothie." This time, next to nothing - other than a small amount of intestinal distress.
Third time - now a mix of B+ and Golden Teacher - about 10 grams of dried, again in smoothie form. A bit more brightness and light, the world looked a bit more beautiful, but my tummy still hurt and still a very limited, unsatisfactory experience.
4th round - 14 grams of dried B+ and GT. This definitely made the world look different, the walls could move for me, the birds and trees and insects in the yard were lovely - but again my stomach was unhappy and I ended with a come-down heavy with a feeling of being very flushed, very sweaty, uncomfortable - not nice.
Looking at other posts, I wondered if “it works differently on different people” meant I wasn’t ever going to have a good experience. So here I am, trying to figure out what’s going on. I don’t know why this didn’t jump out at me sooner – though I haven’t been on the site for very long – but the interaction between my prescription SSRI and my mushrooms may very well be at the root of my poor experiences. Well, that and not using a gentler way of consuming i.e. tea.
I’m interested in what others who have been on SSRIs might advise. I worry (hah!) that weaning off Lexapro will bring back the old anxiety levels. But not really sure where to go from here.