Shrooms are a psychedelic drug in the form of a natural plant: mushrooms that produce the hallucinogenic chemical psilocybin.
Psilocybin mushrooms can cause an intense hallucination that lasts up to six hours. They can also cause perceptual changes, such as changes to your vision. The entire experience is known as a “trip” or tripping.
Many people are subject to drug tests for work or legal reasons, and if you’re one of them, then you might be wondering how long psilocybin can show up in your system.
How long drugs show up on a test depends on many factors, including:
- The drug’s half-life, or how long it takes for half of the drug to leave your system
- The dosage and frequency of use
- The type of drug screening
- Whether you use other substances
- Your metabolism
Read ahead to learn how long shrooms show up on a drug test and how they leave your body:
How Long Do Shrooms Stay in Lab Tests?
Most drug testing for legal or employment reasons is done using five-panel or 10-panel drug tests. These tests typically don’t check for psychedelic drug use, including mushrooms and related drugs like LSD (acid).
Despite that, it is possible that psilocybin mushrooms could show up on a drug test if law enforcement has reason to believe that you’re using them specifically.
You won’t be drug tested for mushrooms at a job interview, but your use of mushrooms could lead to drug testing in a criminal case, for instance.
How Long Do Shrooms Stay in Your Urine?
Psilocin stays in your urine for 15 hours after use. A urine screening for psilocybin is not included on five- or 10-panel drug tests but can be ordered by law enforcement if they believe that you’re using psilocybin.
How Long Do Shrooms Stay in Your Hair?
Psilocybin and psilocin don’t stay in the hair reliably, at least using today’s detection techniques. While most drugs can be detected in hair for up to 90 days, it’s unlikely that a hair test can detect shroom use.
How Long Do Shrooms Stay in Your Blood?
Like urine, it takes psilocybin and psilocin about 15 hours to leave your bloodstream, so it’s likely to be detected in a blood test for that long. However, blood tests for psilocybin are rarely ordered unless there’s a specific reason to do so.
How Long Do Shrooms Stay in Your Saliva?
As of 2019, there aren’t any reliable saliva testing methods available commercially for detecting psilocybin use. The drug could be detectable in saliva serum using tests available privately to law enforcement.
Can You Get Shrooms Out of Your System Faster?
The short answer is that there’s no way to control how fast shrooms leave your system.
That being said, different people detox from shrooms at different rates. The factors that affect detox duration can include:
- How much you take and how often: Heavy mushroom use can stay in your system for longer, but it’s also less likely to get you tripping in the first place. Psilocybin tolerance can set in after a single trip.
- Your health: Bodies that are in better health are faster at processing substances than bodies that aren’t. The factors here can include sleep, hydration, diet, and chronic diseases such as cirrhosis.
- Your metabolism: The speed of your metabolism is affected by genetics, weight, and age. It’s not the same for everyone.
What Happens to Your Body When You Take Shrooms?
Most users take shrooms by mouth. The dried mushrooms can be eaten as they are, cooked into food, or made into tea. They’re more potent when they aren’t heated for long periods of time, and may start working faster if they are raw.
When shrooms reach your stomach, the psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient) starts absorbing into your bloodstream quickly.
Most people begin feeling effects within 30 to 90 minutes once there’s enough psilocybin in the system to affect the serotonin system. Serotonin is a chemical that affects mood and perception, along with other bodily systems.
The body and brain effects you experience can include:
- Ego loss or a loss of the sense of self
- Feelings of “body load” or physical discomfort and heaviness
- Feelings of unity and connection
- Full sensory hallucinations
- Introspective thoughts and feelings
- Time distortion or a feeling that time passes very slowly
As you are feeling the effects, the amount of psilocybin in your bloodstream gradually rises and reaches a “peak.”
This can take minutes or hours, but you’ll reach a point where effects are at their strongest. Then, they’ll gradually decrease as your liver turns the psilocybin into psilocin, a metabolite or waste product that you excrete in urine.
Depending on the dose, a shroom trip can last six hours or longer. How long it lasts depends on how much you’ve taken and how long since the last time it was taken.
Get Treatment for Substance Abuse
Magic mushrooms don’t cause physical dependence, but that doesn’t mean they’re risk-free. Abusing any substance can cause psychological addiction even without dependence, including shrooms. Addiction is even more likely if you abuse other substances too.
If you’re worried that your shroom use might make you fail a drug test, then it’s time to think about getting help.
Admitting that you have a problem is the first step. The next step is to get that help. Call Spring Hill Recovery Center today to learn about the intake and treatment process. Your recovery can start today!
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