The length of time that the effects of shrooms (aka psilocybin “magic” mushrooms) last is 3-6 hours on average, but that can depend on several factors. These factors can also affect the length of time a drug screen can identify the presence of mushrooms.
These factors include the following:
- Weight and body composition
- Metabolic rate
- Dosage amount and potency
- Strain of mushroom
- How the mushroom is prepared and administered
- Tolerance level
- The person’s state of mind
- Preexisting mental health disorder
- Other intoxicating/psychoactive substances in the person’s system
Following the end of a mushroom high or “trip,” some individuals may have a few lingering effects that could persist into the next day. Generally speaking, however, most people report being “back to normal” in less than 24 hours.
How Long Are Shrooms Detectable Using a Drug Test?
The length of time drugs can be identified in a drug test depends on the type of drug and frequency of use or abuse. The time that psilocybin shows up on a test is not simple to determine due to the many types of drug tests. Some drug screens are more sensitive than others and will detect smaller amounts of a drug in a person’s system. However, most routine tests aren’t able to identify mushroom use.
In most instances, a urine test will be conducted. For most individuals, shrooms are no longer detectable after 24 hours, but some studies have shown that it could be up to seven days before remaining trace amounts are out of a person’s system.
Shrooms are metabolized too rapidly for a saliva or blood test to be performed unless administered within just a few hours of ingestion. The only test that can show evidence of shroom abuse longer than a week after use is a hair follicle screen. However, chances of this being the go-to means of testing are slim as they are expensive.
Signs of Addiction
Although mushrooms tend to have a lower potential for dependence than many other intoxicating substances, this doesn’t mean that addiction is impossible. Excessive doses and long-term use can result in persistent and sometimes severe mental health disorders.
In addition to these potential mental health complications, prolonged use can lead to tolerance and cross-tolerance with other hallucinogenic substances. Although mushrooms themselves do not appear to pose a risk of physiological dependence, those who use them frequently may encounter some emotional or psychological withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing drug use.
Just because shrooms are found in nature does not mean that they are safe to use or cannot lead to addiction. You may not have a physical dependence, but it can be challenging to quit taking drugs once you are emotionally dependent on them.
While it can be hard to determine if a loved one is addicted to shrooms specifically, there are some general signs and symptoms of substance use and addiction, including the following:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Adverse behavioral changes
- Depression/suicidal ideations
- Extreme mood swings
- Increased appetite
- Erratic sleep patterns
- Social withdrawal
Short-term physical signs and symptoms of mushroom abuse may include the following:
- Changes in sense of time
- Dry mouth
- Profuse sweating
- Increased body temperature
- Elevated blood pressure
- Appetite loss
- Rapid breathing
- Sleep disturbances
- Poor coordination
- Nausea and vomiting
Long-Term Effects of Mushroom Use
The unfortunate truth is that individuals who have been using excessive amounts of shrooms for an extended period could be setting themselves up for some issues. Some of the potential side effects are memory loss, mood changes, and disorganized thinking. In extreme cases, persistent psychosis can occur, a condition in which a user experiences paranoia and hallucinations after the initial effects of mushrooms have subsided.
Another common long-term effect of the use of mushrooms and other psychedelics is flashbacks, characterized by the reoccurrence of a drug experience even when one is not using. Flashbacks can range in severity from minor visuals to powerful and sometimes frightening hallucinations. When these flashbacks happen frequently enough to impact daily life, the condition is referred to as hallucinogen-persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD).
Getting Professional Help
For those who have decided that it is time to confront your addiction and seeking professional treatment is the most effective way to succeed at recovery. While many people can and have gotten clean independently, sometimes detox and rehab is the best option.
One of the most effective ways to overcome addiction is to go to an inpatient treatment facility that can safely detox the person off drugs and set them on the path of recovery. They can also help people get to the root of why they were using drugs in the first place, making it possible to maintain sobriety for the long run.
Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery offer intensive, multifaceted addiction treatment programs in partial hospitalization and residential formats. Our approach includes evidence-based therapies and activities shown to be beneficial for the process of recovery, including psychotherapy, counseling, peer support groups, art and music therapy, mindfulness therapy, relapse prevention, aftercare planning, and more.