What Is Psilocybin Mushroom Detox and Withdrawal?
Psilocybin mushrooms are a type of hallucinogenic drug typically found growing naturally in Europe, South America, Mexico, and the United States. They are known for their hallucinatory effects, which are similar to those of LSD in the brain as well as the body. Hallucinations and other effects from Psilocybin mushrooms typically begin within 30 minutes and last from 4 to 8 hours. Generally, mushrooms are considered low-risk for developing an addiction – though some have experienced a psychological dependence on taking mushrooms or other Hallucinogens. However, some of the potential long-term effects of repeatedly using Psilocybin mushrooms may require detox and medical attention to recover from.
Magic mushrooms’ intense effects – the result of serotonin interaction on certain brain receptors, mostly in the prefrontal cortex – make it less prone to abuse and addiction. Conversely, most people will develop a tolerance to the effects of Psilocybin mushrooms in as little as four days of regular use. Subsequently, taking more mushrooms or similar Hallucinogens (like LSD and Mescaline) will have little to no effect – known as a “cross-tolerance”. When this happens, individuals must wait a period of time, until their body has gone through Hallucinogen detox and serotonin levels have returned to normal. Most urine tests can detect psilocyn (a metabolite of the mushrooms) for up to 3 days after ingestion.
Cycling through periods of use and non-use (especially over prolonged periods of time) can lead to persistent psychoses such as hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, and mood changes. Psilocybin mushroom detox can alleviate symptoms of withdrawal and help to reduce cravings to use again.
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What Does Psilocybin Mushroom Withdrawal Feel Like?
Once a person stops taking Psilocybin mushrooms after a period of regular use, they may feel withdrawal symptoms within 24 to 48 hours. Just as the potency of mushrooms and strength of its effects varies depending on the person and type of mushroom, withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. Yet, due to the relatively low addictive potential of Psilocybin, most people won’t experience physical withdrawal symptoms after quitting mushrooms. Other Hallucinogens, however, may cause withdrawal symptoms because they often contain habit-forming substances like Cocaine (as in some batches of Ecstasy).
If you’re experiencing withdrawal from Psilocybin mushrooms, you might feel:
- Drug cravings
- Depressed mood
- Psychological withdrawal
- Difficulty separating reality from hallucinations
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How Long Does Psilocybin Mushroom Detox Take?
Detoxing from Psilocybin mushrooms after consuming them is commonly referred to as “coming down.” Typically, this last 24 hours or less and involves feelings of:
Extended periods of mushroom abuse, however, may take longer to fully detoxify the body, particularly because the long-term effects of Hallucinogens are primarily psychological. As such, hallucinatory flashbacks (known as Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder or HPPD) is the most commonly reported long-term symptom of mushroom abuse. HPPD involves random hallucinations and other visual disturbances (such as seeing moving lights or objects).
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