Did you know that mushrooms have a history of being associated with self-discovery and spiritual experiences in ancient times? This is probably why you always “see things” that are not real after using mushrooms. Do you take mushrooms just for fun when hanging out with your friends? If you do, maybe you should know that the shrooms are not as harmless as you think. They can be very addictive. Have you found yourself craving mushrooms of late after using them frequently and continuously for a while? This is normal because mushrooms contain psilocybin, which is a naturally occurring hallucinogenic psychoactive compound. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations), the psilocybin substance is among the most well-known psychedelics (drugs that cause hallucinations).
Psilocybin is a Schedule I drug, which means its probability of being abused and misused is very high. In the United States, no treatment option allows or legalizes the use of psilocybin. Certain cultures knew and used the hallucinogenic properties of mushrooms for a very long time. In 1958, a scientist known as Dr. Albert Hofmann isolated the psilocybin compound from shrooms after discovering that it caused the psychedelic effects. Dr. Albert Hofmann is also recognized in history as discovering LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide).
Due to their psychedelic effects, shrooms are also known as magic mushrooms, mushies, philosopher’s stones, amani, blue meanies, agaric, golden tops, or liberty caps.
Shrooms are prepared mostly by drying and then adding them to foods and drinks. Some people prefer to eat freshly picked shrooms directly from the field. Did you know that if you take mushrooms today, then take a drug test tomorrow, the test would turn out positive? Keep reading to find out exactly how long mushrooms last in your system.
The length of time that shrooms stay in your system depends on many factors. The factors that can affect the severity and duration of the effects of the mushrooms include:
- The type of mushroom species
- How much mushies you consume- the more you ingest, the longer they will last in your body, increasing detection chances.
- The method you use to consume the substance
- The form of shrooms you ate (dried or fresh ones- dried ones are very potent)
- Your age – metabolism, liver function, and kidney function-slow down in a person as they age. Therefore, in older people, the substance will last longer in their system than in younger people.
- Your tolerance of the substance- people have different types of bodies with different BMI (body mass index), water content, and metabolism rate. These factors will affect how quickly the substance is excreted from your body system.
- Other substances you may have taken along with the shrooms are how much liquid and food are in your stomach when taking the substance. The more food there is in your stomach, the more slowly the substance will be digested, making it last longer in your system. As for water, the more water you take, the faster you will flush the substance from your body.
- Having an existing mental condition
- Mixing the substance with other drugs- using other substances may lead to unpredictable side effects and the amount of time the substance will spend in your body system. Taking alcohol together with the hallucinogenic substance may affect how the body processes it.
How long after taking the substance, will you feel the effects?
The effects are usually felt around 30 minutes after ingesting the substance. You can consume the substances on your own, whether fresh or dried, or you can mix them with food or tea. Mixing the substance with tea will make you feel the hallucinogenic effects 10 minutes after taking the substance.
How long do the psychedelic effects last?
The effects can last about 4 to 6 hours and sometimes longer.
After 24 hours, most people feel the effects of mushrooms wearing out and feel like themselves again. This is because the detectible traces of hallucinogenic substances activated by the compound psilocybin leave the body quickly after ingestion within the 24-hour period. Although psilocybin metabolizes at different rates in different individuals, all traces of the blood’s compound are usually gone in less than 24 hours. However, the traces of the psychedelic compound stay for a full 24 hours in the urine.
An interesting point to note is that psychedelic substances can be detected in samples of hair for up to 90 days. Although hair testing is relatively uncommon, it may be used on people with a history of using hallucinogenic drugs. Testing hair is rare because it is an expensive process, and it requires special equipment that may not be available in most laboratories. Traces of psilocybin are undetectable in saliva.
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Researchers use the term “half-life” to judge the duration of a substance in the body. Half-life refers to the amount of time it takes for half the amount of the substance to be metabolized and eliminated from the body.
Sometimes there are errors in reports that claim that the psychedelic compound has a half-life of 50 minutes. Instead, it is a psilocin substance that lasts about 50 minutes in the body rather than the psychedelic compound. Psilocin is what psilocybin is transformed into within 30 minutes after ingestion into the human body. Therefore, the actual half-life of psilocybin is 160 minutes. Since psilocin’s half-life is 50 minutes, it takes about 5 to 6 half-lives to flush it out of a person’s system. Heavy users of hallucinogenic mushies may retain traces of the drug for about three days in the body. This tends to happen to people who use shrooms continuously for several days.
How different varieties affect results
To fully determine how long shrooms will stay in the body system, one has to consider other hallucinogenic substances that people may use during recreational activities. There is another type of shroom, which is psychoactive, called fly agaric. The botanical name of fly agaric is Amanita Mascara. This drug leaves the body quickly within 6 to 8 hours. Fly agaric does not have psilocybin, yet it also produces mind-altering effects. The active components in fly agaric include ibotenic and muscimol acid. However, fly agaric has unpleasant side effects such as:
- Severe nausea
- Stomach upset
Although fly agaric will leave your system rapidly, it will leave you feeling sick 24 hours later. If you wonder why it has a strange name (fly agaric), it is because it was initially used as a substance to kill insects and flies.
There are several types of shrooms that people prefer to get a high feeling. They include:
- Psilocybe cubensis- this is the most widely used variety.
- Psilocybe semilanceata- also known as liberty caps: it contains two psychoactive substances called baeocystin and psilocybin. These compounds are more potent than psilocybe cubensis.
- Magic truffles- are not shrooms but contain the sclerotia found on psilocybin varieties. A sclerotium is a fungal mass found on many plants, and many botanists refer to it as mycelium.
- Psilocybe cyanescens- also called the wavy caps. It is believed to have strong psychoactive effects.
Will regular shrooms affect drug test results?
At least 180 varieties of shrooms contain the psychedelic compound, which is active in all of them. If you like adding regular types to your food, you are probably wondering if your drug test will turn positive. Generally speaking, regular varieties cannot affect the results of a drug test. Eating common types as food will not reflect in a five-panel test. Thorough tests like an eight-panel test, ten-panel test, and 12-panel test will also not reflect any regular non-hallucinogenic variety traces. Drug tests look for specific compounds like psilocybin, which common varieties do not have.
Common standardized drug tests do not look for the psychedelic compound in the system so that many active users may get away without detection. One great reason why the psychedelic compound is not a priority in drug tests is that it leaves the body very quickly. Due to its low detectable nature, testers do not waste their time and resources looking for it during drug tests.
You may not be tested for the psychedelic compound because almost half the population in the United States uses Cannabis, while only 0.1 percent uses hallucinogenic shrooms. Society does not consider it a severe drug compared to cocaine, marijuana, and hash, among others.
Can you get the substance out of your system faster?
Water can help to move the psychedelic substance faster through your system. However, it will not help to get rid of it from your body system, and it may be detected during a drug test.
The best way to avoid detection in any drug test is to stop taking the substance once and for all.