When preparing to take magic mushrooms, one of the first things people ask is how long their trip will last. Experienced shroomers know it is usually in the realm of a groovy 4 to 8 hours. A question less people ask, however, is how long magic mushrooms actually stay in their system. Many people don’t want to have to deal with the after-effects of drugs in their bodies for days on end — even overdoing it on the booze on a Saturday can leave you befuddled until Tuesday! Additionally, as drug screenings are becoming more and more common both at work and school, this has caused some to wonder if taking a psychedelic trip is worth the risk… (Spoiler alert: the risk is very little.)
First things first — don’t panic.
The good news is, magic mushrooms don’t stay in your system for very long. Right after you eat them (around 20 to 40 minutes), the psilocybin in shrooms gets converted into psilocin. This resulting chemical is what signals your brain to trip out and act, lets say, unusually.
Now it gets interesting!
Duration of a Shroom Trip
For the onset, to up to 8 hours later, you’ll enjoy the psychoactive effects of magic mushrooms. These can include an out-of-body feeling, fantastic swirling colours, and bright lights, among other visuals.
Now of course, how long and how intense your trip eventually becomes will depend on your typical dosage. So make sure to check out this table right here:
How Long Will Shrooms Stay in My Body?
If you’re a first-timer wondering how long magic mushroom remnants will remain in your body, you needn’t worry too much. After 24 hours, give or take, all traces of shrooms will be flushed out via urine.
But if you trip out regularly (like every day) and pause, then you can expect the last bits to remain for up to 3 days.
How long shrooms stay in your body relates to the time it takes to remove half of the substance from your blood. This is called elimination half-life. For psilocybin, the half-life is 160 minutes. For psilocin, it’s just 50 minutes.
So both psilocybin and psilocybin are flushed out in the urine rather quickly as a result. Within 13 hours, more than 95 percent of psilocybin is gone. The same ratio of psilocin is also urinated after 5 hours.
But What If There’s a Drug Test?
Most urine tests being sold to the public are not designed to detect psilocybin. So if you’re terrified about losing your job as a result of a drug screening… don’t be! Your secret’s safe (and is likely to remain that way).
Five-panel tests only detect marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, cocaine, and phencyclidine (PCP). Companies may test for additional drugs — such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates — but that requires a 10-panel urine screen test, which is costly. The good news? Both of these tests will fail to detect psilocybin or psilocin, so you need not worry about scheduling your next trip to Wonderland.
Bear in mind, however, that urine tests which can detect shrooms do exist, but they don’t have a wide scope for testing. In 2002, a small study used those tests and discovered that psilocin leaves the body entirely, via urine, in just 24 hours.
(Wanna trip out on Saturday with friends, but turn up sober for Sunday dinner with Mom and Pop? Go ahead!)
Here’s the Catch…
We now know that urine drug screenings are a piece of cake. But what about blood tests? Will shrooms show up on them?
As of 2020, the research findings aren’t clear if blood tests can detect psilocybin. Either way, blood tests are rarely given to check if you’re using psychedelics. Urine samples (as the cheaper, easier option) are the norm.
There are a few lab tests that can reveal traces of psilocybin in hair samples, up to 90 days post-trip. But then again, high-tech Tony Stark-level testing is just way too expensive for schools and offices. And hopefully, in the near future, your school or workplace won’t frown upon you expanding your mind with shrooms anyway.
The Perfect Psychedelic
There really are infinite reasons why magic mushrooms are the perfect choice for psychonauts — whether it’s their very first, third or 100th trip. Not only are they an experience that runs such a broad spectrum — from spiritual, to magical, to just damn fun — their therapeutic potential is being proven time and time again. Due to this, countries where they were once illegal are beginning to relax their laws to allow access for medical reasons, as well as to continue research into their manifold benefits. On top of all that, they don’t even overstay their welcome in your body!
So! Maybe you can fit in a psychedelic trip this holiday season? It certainly won’t weigh you down like overdoing it on the mulled wine or eggnog. No hangover in sight!