Magic mushrooms, also called psilocybin mushrooms, can be brewed in a tea or taken in capsule form or dried shrooms. The mushrooms leave the body relatively fast. Typically, the body metabolizes and removes Psilocybin, the psychoactive drug in mushrooms, within a day (less 24 hours). However, the drugs can remain in the system longer than a day, depending on several factors.
Magic mushrooms contain psilocybin and psilocin as the leading drugs. The body usually breaks psilocybin down into psilocin, which is responsible for the psychoactive properties of shrooms. Some testing companies can offer specialized tests for psilocin and psilocybin. But standard tests from leading drug testing companies do not target magic mushroom psychoactive compounds.
Psilocybin Metabolism in the Body
As mentioned earlier, the body breaks psilocybin down into psilocin. According to a 2017 journal, the process takes place between 20 to 40 minutes after consuming psychedelic mushrooms. The effects start to manifest as the psilocin level increases in the blood.
After an hour and a half or two, the effects are at their peak after eating the shroom and slowly fade. Psilocin has an elimination half-life of 50 minutes, while psilocybin is 160 minutes. A drug’s half-life is the time half its dose takes to leave the blood.
From calculations, about 95% of psilocin leaves the body after around four hours, while psilocybin after about 13 hours. Note that these are only averages, and the actual time depends on several factors.
How Long Will Shrooms Show Up on a Drug Test?
Magic mushrooms are not included in standard drug tests. Popular drugs like cocaine, opioids, and marijuana are usually detected in standard five-panel and nine-panel drug tests. SO far, no study indicates how long urine tests or blood tests can detect psilocin or psilocybin.
Psilocybin leaves blood after around 13 hours, making it difficult to detect it after a day. On the other hand, urine tests may show positive results for an extended period. Metabolites of other drugs like amphetamine or cocaine that leave the body within 12 hours can still be detected in urine for up to three days.
Magic mushroom use can be detected in hair samples for up to 90 days. Fortunately, hair tests are rarely used to detect hallucinogen abuse.
Factors Affecting Shroom’s Detection Time
The amount of shrooms used, frequency of use, and genetics are among the main factors affecting the time a test can detect any drug in the body’s system. Because of these factors, some people metabolize psilocybin more slowly or quickly than others. Other factors affecting detection time include height, weight, age, smoking history, underlying medical conditions, race, liver health, and more.
Shrooms are not addictive but can cause severe health effects. Some of the side effects of hallucinogens include paranoia, psychosis symptoms, flashbacks, and dizziness. HPPD (hallucinogen persisting perception disorder) can lead to recurring flashbacks. This condition is devastating and may require medical attention.
Symptoms associated with psilocybin can last for several days. If you are constantly under drug tests for work or legal reasons, the use of shrooms may be detected at some point.