Looking at the Detection Window for Psilocybin Mushrooms

When you are addicted to hallucinogens, you live in an alternate reality at all times. Magic mushrooms sound like a lot of fun to any curious teenager, but they quickly became a living nightmare for me. At one point, I was taking magic mushrooms on a daily basis. I was also dealing them around that same time, and often wondered: do shrooms come up on a drug test?

I quickly found out the answers through my own attendance at the school of hard knocks.

Maybe not surprisingly, my time as a drug dealer quickly led to trouble with the law, which eventually led to a cycle of routine drug tests. Because of my probation, I was at the mercy of random drug testing. Interestingly enough, I never failed for mushrooms, because standard drug tests do not typically detect psilocybin. These tests focus on commonly abused substances like opioids, marijuana, cocaine, and amphetamines.

Keep reading to learn more about testing for shrooms and the rabbit hole my love affair with psychedelic mushrooms led me down before I finally got support to quit!

Specialized Drug Tests Are Needed For Hallucinogens

Magic mushrooms will only come up on specialized tests. Mushrooms are metabolized too quickly to be detected by a blood or saliva test, and therefore, specialized tests might be required in certain cases. Common drug screening does not test for hallucinogenic drugs. A regular drug test will commonly show drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin.

Because I never actually got busted with mushrooms, I was never given a specialized drug test that would detect shrooms. That isn’t to say that I didn’t fail. I failed multiple tests for marijuana. A drug like marijuana stays in your system for much longer than other substances, so it is easier to detect.

Following the endless cycle of drug testing, I finally sought treatment via South Shores Recovery and Detox. I was determined to put all of this behind me. If you want to overcome your addiction to magic mushrooms or even mushroom gummies and avoid them showing up on a drug test, I will lay out some of the things you can do to put your sobriety plan in place.

Dealing With Routine Drug Tests

Routine Drug Tests

I have mixed feelings about the world of drug testing. When it comes to the legal system, there are instances where the cards are stacked against you. Sometimes that isn’t always the best situation if you are trying to get clean. Addicts in recovery slip up. It’s a fact of life. There are many cases where people slip up and land in prison.

While being locked up might prevent you from further drug use, having a criminal record can prevent you from fixing your life once you get out. I completely understand the other side of the argument as well. Addicts need to be held accountable in order to get clean. If you let an addict continue to get away with their continued drug use, it enters the realm of enabling.

The Most Common Types Of Drug Testing Methods

Having been on as much probation as I have, I’ve dealt with all forms of drug screening. Urine tests are the most routine drug tests, however blood or saliva tests are becoming more common. There is a difference in what each test will usually test for. For example, urine drug tests usually detect marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and opioids.

Urine tests are the most common form of workplace drug testing. If you’re going to get tested by a potential employer, it will most likely be a urine test. Blood tests detect the same substances as a urine test, but the window of detection is actually shorter.

Blood tests won’t detect substances after a few days, whereas a urine test can detect up to several weeks. But again, this form of testing is not common for either law enforcement or workplace drug testing, as they are much more focused on other drugs.

How Long Do Shrooms Stay In Your System?

The amount of time that magic mushrooms stay in your system depends on a number of factors. It depends on the particular species of mushrooms you ingest, the amount, and how often you take them.

When it comes to psilocybin mushrooms, which are the most common form of magic mushroom, they usually aren’t detectable after about fifteen hours. It can vary somewhat based on the type of psilocybin-containing mushrooms you are ingesting. Penis envy and blue meanie mushrooms, for example, often have a higher psilocybin content than the standard ‘golden teacher’ shrooms which are the most common ones out there.

Your physical health and physique also depend on how long a test can detect shrooms. Other factors such as age, metabolism, and body size play into how long mushrooms stay in a person’s system. Regardless of all this information, it’s safe to assume that psychedelic mushrooms don’t stay in your system after twenty-four hours.

How Mushrooms Affect Your Mind


Psilocybin is the psychedelic compound in mushrooms that causes the desired effect. When I would trip on mushrooms, I would take way more than I needed to and verge on psychosis. I was always the guy that wanted to go as wild as possible. Even seasons psychedelic users couldn’t keep up with me. There were times that I took so many shrooms that I tripped for multiple days.

Because of the way I used mushrooms, I suffered from a number of negative consequences, namely impaired concentration, depersonalization, and mental health issues. I began to feel detached from the world around me. When I wasn’t tripping, I would almost have to re-adapt to society. Because of this, I made the decision to use shrooms all the time.

Shrooms Can Stimulate Preexisting Mental Health Conditions

Although the science isn’t definitive, there have been studies linking psychedelic drug use to mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Studies have suggested that using drugs like magic mushrooms can stimulate or worsen these preexisting conditions. This is one of the reasons that made me decide to seek treatment.

I’ve met a lot of people who were never the same after psychedelic substance abuse. Some of the people I used to trip with are now unable to function in normal society. The drugs literally fried their brain to the point of no return. I’m not suggesting that if you take psychedelics it will happen to you, but why take that risk?

How Hard Is It To Get Off Of Magic Mushrooms?

Magic Mushrooms

When I stopped ingesting shrooms, it was hard for me to get my brain back to normal. Choosing South Shores for my recovery turned out to be a great option. When you are consuming shrooms on a daily basis, how does one even approach helping you get off of them? I was very surprised by the knowledge and actions of the medical team at South Shores.

Although there is no physical dependence associated with magic mushroom use, or ‘mushroom addiction‘ per se, there is definitely a psychological dependence similar to marijuana. For weeks after I stopped using them, I would have intense cravings.

Is There Such a Thing as Magic Mushroom Withdrawal Symptoms?

Despite the absence of physical dependence, individuals may experience psychological withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, or restlessness after using magic mushrooms for extended periods or in high doses.

I would want to trip so badly just to escape the world around me. I didn’t want to deal with any of my personal issues. I was constantly looking for a way out.

Although it was hard not to relapse, I managed to make it through the cravings without using. Yoga played a big part in my recovery. Staying physically active went a long way as well. If you talk to most addicts, no matter what their specific addiction was, they will tell you that staying active and having engaging hobbies plays a big role in sobriety.

What Addiction Treatment Can Do For You

Supportive Environment

Drug abuse affects more people than just the person who is using it. My family watched me go to the edge of sanity because of my shroom use. They were terrified of me at a certain point. When you deal with someone who is constantly using psychedelics, you don’t know how to handle them. There were a lot of intense feelings of guilt that I had when I first got clean. I made it a point to win back my family’s trust through my actions.

What does it take to get off shrooms? Having a supportive environment makes a big difference. If you are around like-minded people, it’s easy to feed off of their energy. When you are negative-minded people, it’s easy to take on that energy. I don’t fully understand what led me to use mushrooms the way I did, but what I do know is I have an addict mentality.

Get Help for Mushrooms and Hallucinogen Abuse at South Shores

Leaving hallucinogenic mushrooms behind was the best choice I ever made. When I was actively using mushrooms, I thought I was right where I wanted to be. I thought that reality didn’t suit me. It’s scary to think of how far gone you can become because of psychoactive substances.

These days, I work hard to warn others of the dangers associated with psychedelics. I have my time at South Shores to thank for my newfound purpose.

If any of my struggles sound familiar, or if you are worried about whether drug tests can detect mushrooms on a regular basis, it might be time to seek support to quit. Make the confidential call to them now, and get proven options for help as soon as today!