Jade Small
Jade Small
December 8, 2023 ·  2 min read

Magic mushrooms grew in man’s blood after he injected them as a tea

For many, many years the substance called psilocybin, which comes from magic mushrooms, has been illegal. It’s banned in most countries across the globe. In more recent times, there has been a growing interest in the use of psilocybin because of its therapeutic qualities for the mind, and ultimately the body. 

There are a few different ways to take magic mushrooms beside the standard chew and swallow. You can grind them up and put them into capsules. Or, you can cook them into edibles. Another method is to brew them into a tea. The latter was chosen by an anonymous American male who decided to take it in a very unconventional manner.

Man Injects Magic Mushrooms

The anonymous 30-year-old American male ground up some mushrooms brewed it into an earthy magic mushroom brew, but instead of drinking it, he decided to inject it straight into his veins. This is not your usual method of inducing a psilocybin trip and it turned out to be quite dangerous. The case report was published in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry [1]. Do not fret, the man luckily survived. Doctors say the patient tried to use the mushrooms as an alternative treatment for his bipolar disorder, after skipping his usual course of medications

A few days later he was showing signs of, among other symptoms, fatigue, nausea, jaundice and even vomiting blood. His family rushed him to the hospital in Nebraska where he was unable to answer the doctor’s questions clearly, due to being in a state of confusion. After conducting a few tests, they found that his liver and kidneys were not functioning 100%. In his blood, they found the most shocking thing of all.

Sprouting Magic Mushrooms

The magic mushroom sediments in his bloodstream had allegedly started sprouting in the darkness of his veins. His recovery took 2 days. During this time, he was put on a ventilator to assist with breathing as well as a course of antibiotics and antifungals. According to the doctors, he will need to keep taking these antifungals for an indefinite amount of time.

Doctors treated the man by keeping him on a ventilator and administering antibiotics and antifungals. He spent over 20 days in the hospital and will remain on the aforementioned medications for some time, according to officials. [2]

There has been quite a bit of research investigating psilocybin as a treatment for anxiety and depression, but it does not recommend injection as a method of administration. Injection of any into veins for any hallucinogenic drug can be dangerous.

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  1. A “trip” to the ICU: intravenous injection of psilocybin: A randomized double-blind trial.Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry January 11, 2021
  2. Magic mushrooms grew in man’s blood after he injected them as a tea: report” Global News. Josh K Elliot. January 13, 2021