Movies to Watch on Shrooms

Movies to Watch on Shrooms

Have you ever wondered what movies to watch on shrooms? While tripping outside can be an incredible experience, sometimes doing so indoors can have it’s benefits as well, especially in busier areas for first time trippers or for heavier doses with experienced psychonauts. The psychedelic experience can be quite taxing, and on the comedown of the trip you may just want to mellow out and watch a film. Below are some popular recommendations from psychonauts on some of the best movies to watch on shrooms. **Minor spoilers ahead.

Soul (2020)

Movies to Watch on Shrooms- Soul (2020)
Soul (2020)

With an amazing soundtrack, captivating animation, and lighthearted takes on the concepts of the meaning of life and death, Soul is a great movie to watch on shrooms. Follow Joe, a pianist and middle school music teacher living in New York City, as his dreams of playing jazz professionally come to an abrupt stop when he falls into a manhole and finds himself as a soul headed to the “Great Beyond”. Unwilling to die, he tries to escape but ends up in the “Great Before”, a place where unborn souls are prepared for life with the help of mentor souls. Here, Joe is accidentally assigned to train 22, a soul who desires to avoid Earth. Discovering that Joe is in a coma, 22 agrees to let him help find her “spark” to complete her badge and then give it to him so that he can return home. The animation during Joe’s first encounter with the “Great Beyond” and the “Great Before” is unforgettable, and psychonauts will surely appreciate the hippie character Moonwind.

Life of Pi (2012)

Life of Pi (2012)

Pi is a young boy from India whose family owns a zoo. When he is 16, his father announces that they must move to Canada where they will settle and sell the animals. While crossing the Atlantic on a Japanese freighter with the animals, a storm sinks the ship leaving only Pi and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker to eventually survive on a lifeboat. The themes of spirituality also make this a great movie to watch on shrooms, as Pi’s backstory involves his spiritual journey being raised Hindu and discovering Christianity and Islam when 12 years old, deciding to follow all three as he “just wants to love God”.

Alice in Wonderland (1951, 2010)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Alice in Wonderland – the quintessential movie to watch on shrooms.

Fall down the rabbit hole with either the original 1951 animated version or Tim Burton’s 2010 version. During her time in Wonderland, Alice meets a host of strangest characters and encounters trippy landscapes. She also encounters riddles, absurdity, and madness. With the story itself seemingly paying homage to the psychedelic experience, it probably comes as no surprise to find this on a list of movies to watch on shrooms.

Planet Earth (2006)

Movies to Watch on Shrooms
Planet Earth (2006)

While this technically doesn’t count as a movie to watch on shrooms, Planet Earth is a classic TV series from BBC with breathtaking footage of our planet. It was one of the first major nature documentaries to be shot in 4K, so the footage remains stunning even years later. Another part about this docu-series that makes it great for tripping is the fact it’s narrated by David Attenborogh, whose soothing voice helps immerse you into these awe-inducing shots.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

While Princess Mononoke isn’t the only film from Studio Ghibli that would be a great movie to watch on shrooms, it was chosen specifically for it’s themes of environmentalism and nature as something sacred. In Muromachi Japan (1336-1573), an Emishi village is attacked by a boar god corrupted into a demon by an iron ball lodged in its body, who manages to curse the last Emishi prince, Ashitaka, before he kills it, granting Ashitaka superhuman strength but also causing pain and eventual death. The village’s wise woman tells Ashitaka that he may find a cure in the western lands where the demon came from, but that he cannot return home. Along the way he is told he may find help from the Great Forest Spirit, discovers the existence of Iron Town led by Lady Eboshi, and of San aka Princess Mononoke, a human girl who was raised by wolves and resents humankind and their destructive tendencies. With Lady Eboshi wanting to kill the Great Forest Spirit, Ashitaka must save both himself and the forest before it’s too late.

Have a Good Trip (2020)

Movies to Watch on Shrooms

Though not about mushrooms specifically, it’s more broadly about psychedelics and the culture, making it a great movie to watch on shrooms. A star-studded cast, from A$AP Rocky to Sarah Silverman, share their experiences with psychedelics and what they may have learned from them. Not only entertaining, this special from Netflix is also informative, with skits and illustrations teaching you about psychedelic substances and best practices.

Cosmos (1980, 2014)

Movies to Watch on Shrooms
Watch either the original or re-release.

Whether you watch the 1980 version hosted by Carl Sagan or the 2014 version hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this series is sure to be mind-blowing, especially if it’s watched while on shrooms. Sit back as Sagan or Tyson take you on a journey through history to learn about those who advanced the scientific understanding of our relationship with the cosmos, and what our future may look like with what we know right now.

Yellow Submarine (1968)

Movies to Watch on Shrooms
Always a classic trip…..

It may come as a surprise that the Beatles only participated in the closing scene of the film, and their animated versions were voiced by other actors! Regardless, Yellow Submarine is a classic movie to watch on shrooms. The animation has vibrant colours, the soundtrack is some of the Beatles greatest hits (including the song absolutely not about psychedelics Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds), and the adventures of John, Paul, George, and Ringo captivate the viewer as they try to help defeat the Blue Meanies.

Fantastic Fungi (2019)

Movies to Watch on Shrooms
Snuggle up for an educational experience.

What better movie to watch on shrooms than a documentary about shrooms! While not specifically about psilocybin mushrooms, they definitely have a spotlight with mentions of the stoned ape theory and the current research into psilocybin for different psychological ailments. Featuring mycologist Paul Stamets, observe incredible time lapse-shots of different fungi and learn about their importance in healing and sustaining life on earth.

The Wall

A blank wall.....
Your walls become more interesting

No, we’re not talking about Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982). Though that may be another option for a movie to watch on shrooms, it is definitely darker than others mentioned on this list. We’re actually talking about the wall (or ceiling) of your house! Obviously this is a tongue i cheek entry since it isn’t a movie, though with the visuals that can occur under the influence of psilocybin mushrooms it might be just as entertaining. With the trend of psychonauts posting photos of very plain looking walls with captions of surprise or excitement on psychedelic subreddits, we can only imagine what they’re seeing, though it’s probably very trippy.

Know of any other great movies to watch on shrooms? Leave a comment below with some of your recommendations. And before you try psychedelics of any kind, it’s encouraged to speak with a psychedelic integration therapist beforehand to determine which approach is right for you. You can find one from our listing on Frshminds.

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About the Author

Passionate about studying the psychedelic/mystical experience from a neuropsychological lens, Emily is a member of MAPS Canada Research Committee and graduated with an Honours BSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from York University.  She currently leads a team of RAS with a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating microdosing psilocybin for persistent depressive disorder.

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