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I'm doing a project on magic mushrooms for school, and one of the effects it said they have is that the fibers of the uterus contract, meaning pregnant women should definitely not consume them.

Is this a temporary or permanent effect?

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I'd assume this is a temporary effect for the duration of the drug's affect on the body, but I'm certainly not an expert.

However, this is probably beyond the realm of experience or advice we typically offer on the site - not only because I'd be willing to bet little, if any, research has been done on the affect of psilocybin or psilocin (you should know what those are because of your project [Wink] ) is on pregnant women; but also because it is illegal (in both the United States and many other countries) to consume mushrooms which contain these two drugs.

It's also safe to say that pregnant women should not be consuming psychedelic mushrooms for more reasons than the fact they cause uterine contractions, too.

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I did a search for psilocybin and it's effects, and I found no references to any effect on uterine contractions. Possibly some toxic (not magic) mushrooms might have toxic effects that might involve uterine muscle, but that's just my guess.

However, some naturally occuring chemicals similar to LSD, another hallucinogen not closely related to psilocybin, definately do have effects on the uterine muscle, and some chemicals related structurally to LSD (but with no hallucinogeic effect) have been used in the past to induce labor (methergine is an example of that). LSD is derived from chemicals that can be found in ergot, a fungus that has been found in nature on rye seed and rye bread (more in antiquity, like in the middle ages), and chemicals derived from ergot, particularly ergobasine and other chemicals derived from ergoline, a chemical structure common to a family of chemicals found in ergot, which can induce uterine contractions and constriction of the blood vessles in the uterus. Here's a link to ergoline in Wikipedia, which may be a good start for a research paper:

Sorry I don't have other references for this, but most others you may find easily online are from sites for drug enthusiasts which should be treated with great suspicion -- most aren't really scientific or peer reviewed like medical and professional journals are. But if you do some simple literature searches in a real library I'm sure you can find some acceptable for your paper. And of course none of the "no effect" or other info I've given above should be taken to condone use of illegal drugs...especially illegal drugs...where one don't ever really know what's in what's being sold as whatever.

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