Can magic mushrooms be detected in a drug test?

Psilocybin Mushrooms and drug tests: Summary

The short answer is No!

Most of the standard drug test (either 5 or 7), done by various laboratories (usually for employment or other general use) do NOT test for Psilocybin or psilocin which are the psychoactive ingredient found in various magic mushroom products such as dried magic mushrooms, mushroom chocolate bars, microdose capsules, etc.

Because the body processes the mushrooms and their compounds relatively quickly, specific drug tests may need to take place promptly after ingestion for them to find any traces of the drug.

Please note that it is possible to specifically test for psilocybin or psilocin; however, this is very rare and is NOT part of the regular drug tests. When going for a drug test, they usually also tell you what is being tested for.

Magic Mushrooms and Urine Tests

Urinalysis is the most commonly used type of drug testing involved in common or everyday purposes, such as screening job applicants, and magic mushrooms won’t show up in them.

The most popular urine test is a 5-panel test. It usually detects:

  • THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana)
  • Cocaine
  • PCP
  • Amphetamines
  • Opioids

Other screenings may include more panels, which involves testing for categories such as:

  • Barbituates
  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines
  • MDMA
  • Propoxyphene
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone

Mushrooms generally won’t show up on a 5-panel test. Same goes for 8-, 10-, and 12-panel tests.

Other types of tests

In addition to urine, blood, hair, or saliva can also be used to test for certain drugs.

A hair test can detect drug use, including the use of mushrooms, from the last 90 days. However, this type of drug test isn’t very common due to the cost involved.

Mushrooms are metabolized too quickly to be detected by a blood or saliva test.

Different Types of Microdosing Regimens

Introduction

Microdosing shrooms is the act of consuming small amounts of psychedelics substances, such as magic mushrooms, semi-regularly with the goal of achieving some of the benefits of the substances, such as more focus, energy, and emotional balance without the hallucinogenic effects. You can basically start microdosing mushrooms using any of the available products such dried shrooms, edibles such as shroom chocolate bars, although it is usually easier if you use microdose capsules that are specifically designed for this use-case.

How to microdose

It’s worth repeating the simple steps to follow when microdosing for the first time:

  1. Determine the most appropriate first-time microdose for you. See our introduction to microdosing article for more information about a good starting place for a microdose taking into account your size and previous experience with psychedelics. If you’re new to microdosing it’s likely better to err on the side of caution and start with a smaller dose, particularly if you’re concerned about the potential hallucinogenic effects.
  2. Take your first dose. Take your first dose in the morning on a day where you don’t have any major obligations and there are not any children present.
  3. Pay close attention to its effects. Sit back, relax and observe the effects. We recommend taking a log throughout the day to track how you’re feeling. Note: the length of the impacts of each microdose experience will vary depending on the substance.
  4. Adjust if necessary. Note whether or not the first time you achieved your desire results if you did you found the ideal dose. If not, adjust accordingly.
  5. Proceed with a regular microdosing regimen.

Microdosing Regimens

Once a person has decided to try microdosing and has educated themselves on the substance they would like to try and have familiarized themselves with the process of microdosing the next step is to determine which microdosing regimen is right for them.

There are a few different approaches when it comes to microdosing and here we will explore three of them.

Dr. Fadiman’s Approach (1 microdose every 3 days)

Dr. Fadiman, a psychedelics expert, recommends taking a single microdose every 3 days (ie. taking two days off between doses) in order to prevent changes to tolerance over time. According to Dr. Fadiman, you experience the full effects of the microdose the first day, the second day the effects you experience are less pronounced and by the third day, you experience no effects at all. Having a day where you experience no effects is an opportunity for rest and reflection. It gives you the opportunity to effectively contrast how you’re feeling and the impacts of the microdose on your brain and body.

This microdose schedule would look as follows:

Week 1: Mon/Thu/Sun
Week 2: Wed/Sat
Week 3: Tue/Fri
Week 4: Mon/Thu/Sun

Some people may start with this approach as a beginner to microdosing and then change to another method after a few weeks. When a person is more familiar with the impacts of microdosing and more fully understand how to microdose for the specific benefits they may choose to microdose more or less than in this approach.

Workaholic’s Approach (weekdays on, weekends off)

This approach to microdosing is geared towards people looking for improvements at work. In other words, looking to achieve, an increase in focus, attention, logic, analytical thinking, etc. The weekends are taken off to allow time for recovery and return to baseline, rest and reflect.

This microdose schedule would look as follows:

Week 1: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri
Week 2: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri
Week 3: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri
Week 4: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri

Note: If you’re new to microdosing the first time you take a dose should be on a day when you’re not working to test the best personal dose for microdosing.

Balanced Approach (every other day)

This dosing schedule is called a balanced approach because microdoses are taking a dose every second day. For some, this may be a more helpful approach than Faidman’s as it’s easier to keep track of dosing every second day, though there may be no ‘rest’ days. Also, it’s important to note that some people experience compounding effects with this method – meaning they are still experiencing the effects of one dose when they take the next so the effects are more profound.

This microdose schedule would look as follows:

Week 1: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun
Week 2: Tue/Thu/Sat
Week 3: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun
Week 4: Tue/Thu/Sat

What dose to start at when microdosing?

Typically a microdose is 1/20 to 1/10  of a recreational dose of whatever substance they are trying and adjust based on their experience.  If you are experiencing visual effects, you have taken too much. This is 100-400 mg (milligrams) of psilocybin mushrooms, or 5-10 micrograms of LSD, slightly more (7-12 mcg) of 1p-LSD.

We offer a variety of different size microdose capsules that are specifically designed for this. We also provide custom capsule sizes, just contact us. Be sure to check out our promotions to get the best value.

Tracking Your Experience

An important part of microdosing is thoroughly tracking your experience. This information will be valuable to determine the overall impacts and effectiveness of microdosing as well as provide information that may be necessary to adjust the dose over time.

Those who are beginners to microdosing may not know where to start when it comes to tracking their experience. Of course, you should record the date, time, and amount of each dose, but more importantly, you should take note of the impacts on your body, brain, and overall functioning. So here is some information that you should record:

  1. Body: Take the time to consider the physical impacts on your body. Take note of how aware (or not aware) you are of your body. After doing this, pay specific attention to any sensations in your body, you may want to close your eyes and take a deep breath to focus your attention on your body.
  2. Overall outlook: Consider how microdosing is impacting your overall outlook. Are you more positive or negative? Optimistic or pessimistic? More fearful/guarded or open?
  3. Social: Consider how microdosing is impacting your interactions with others, this is more than if you’re feeling more or less social. Consider how you’re expressing your thoughts and feelings as well as how it’s impacting your speech and your facial expressions. Do you notice you’re talking/interacting differently with various people in your life? (consider friends, family, co-workers and strangers)
  4. Mental: Consider how microdosing impacts your thoughts and take notice of the thoughts running through your mind. Are your thoughts similar or different from typical? Do you notice have more of fewer thoughts? Is your mind more clear or more cluttered?
  5. Emotional: Pay attention to your feelings when you’re microdosing. Do they take on different qualities than before? Consider whether or not you’re experiencing more or fewer feelings than usual as well as how quickly you notice yourself processing these feelings.
  6. Capabilities: Many people microdose to improve particular areas of functioning, such as focus or creativity. So, it’s important to pay attention if you’re experience changes in these areas. Consider whether or you feel more capable of completing particular tasks. Particular areas to focus on are; attention span, problem-solving ability, empathy, creativity, and physical acuity.

Microdosing Mushrooms

What is microdosing?

Microdosing mushrooms is the act of consuming an unnoticeable amount of a psychedelic mushrooms. Unnoticeable meaning the dose doesn’t create the hallucinogenic effects associated with psychedelics. It is the administration of doses so low that they will not provide a full body effect but high enough for a cellular response and positive change. This, of course, does not mean there are no benefits.

Microdosing psilocybin is reported to have both short term and long term benefits for individuals. Those who incorporate microdosing into their regular wellness routine report higher levels of creativity, more energy, increased focus, and improved relational skills.

Microdosing can have a wide range of benefits; to list a few:

  • To increase the frequency and intensity of desirable states, such as; creativity, energy, productivity/focus,   and improved relationships/increased empathy.
  • To reduce symptoms and frequency of symptoms related to mental illness. Such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD and addictions.

Research on microdosing mushrooms

There are more and more research being approved for therapeutic use of magic mushrooms at higher doses for treatment of a variety of mental illnesses; that being said, there are now an increasing number of studies being conducted on the impacts and benefits of microdosing.

Eminent psychedelic researchers have found positive effects on mood disorders and anxiety. In fact, The Beckley Foundation is spearheading the push for the legalization of psilocybin mushrooms, backed by long-term positive effects found in their research conducted on treatment-resistant depression patients.

Addictions, such as smoking, can also be overcome with psilocybin. Researchers at Johns Hopkins reported an 80 percent abstinence rate among a group of longtime smokers who took psilocybin as part of their therapy.

Aside from psychological issues, mushrooms have been found to be  “comparable to or more efficacious than most conventional medications” in treating cluster headaches. Many people have experienced extended periods of remission after taking them.

How to microdose shrooms

Take a microdose once every three days. For most people, morning is the best time because the beneficial effects will last throughout the day and because nighttime microdosing could interfere with sleep.

Therefore; take a microdose on Day 1. Then do not microdose on Day 2 or Day 3. Then, take another microdose on Day 4.

Taking a dose every day isn’t recommended.  Using psychedelics, such as psilocybin, can create a tolerance, therefore you might see diminishing returns. Additionally, the fact that positive effects can often be felt many days after a microdose is a good reason to space out your doses. In other words, microdosing every day is unnecessary because the impacts last for several days already.

Although this is the most popular method for microdosing, there are also other microdosing regimens which you can read about them here.

During this time it’s important to observe and record the effects. Take notes on both short-term, in-the-moment effects, and long-term changes in your mood, energy, and social behavior. Be sure to observe the effects of microdosing on the two days between doses. Many people perceive increased feelings of creativity, and energy the day after they microdose, as well as the day of microdosing.

Ideally, you should follow your usual routine while microdosing as the purpose is to enhance your day-to-day existence by integrating microdose into your routine. However, when you try microdosing for the first time, take a day off from work and social commitments. It will give you a chance to observe and notice any unusual effects before microdosing in a more public situation.

Continue the process of microdosing two times per week for several weeks. Also, you should only microdose for a few weeks to a month then take a break as this also has the potential to impact your tolerance by requiring a higher dose to see the same impacts. It’s best to view microdosing as an occasional advantage, rather than a consistent go-to or requirement.

Best microdosing mushrooms Dosage

As with most of substances, there is no universal dose for microdosing shrooms. A typical mushroom microdose is roughly 100-350mg. However, there are many factors that influence the best dose for a particular individual including body weight, tolerance, and  and previous experience with psychedelics.

So, when microdosing psilocybin for the first time it’s important to start smaller (100mg) and monitor the impacts and adjust accordingly.

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Mushroom Dosage

Introduction to shroom dosage

(Note: this post is about dried magic mushrooms, refer to this post for microdosing mushrooms)

There are a lot of factors to consider when considering Magic mushroom dosage. Potency of mushrooms vary from strain to strain for example Penis Envy strain is stronger compared to Golden Teacher. Other factors to consider is content of your stomach: how much have you had to eat that day and how long ago. As a general rule of thumb, the emptier your stomach, the better mushroom’s effect will be. Additionally, try to avoid taking mushrooms right after a big meal, wait for a few hours before you take them.

Potency of Psilocybin mushrooms can also vary greatly from one batch to the next and from one part of a single mushroom to another part (cap and stem can have different concentrations). Because of these natural variations, chopping or grinding up multiple mushrooms and homogenizing the material can help reduce the risk of unexpectedly strong (or weak) doses.

Mushroom Dosing

Trip Level 1: Happy go lucky

Recommended dosage: 0.8 – 1 g. dried mushrooms – The effects are mild and similar to being high on weed. Music starts to feel better, strangers seem more friendly and the mind is able to lose some control. You could have mild visual enhancements or some sound distortion, but these will be subtle.

Trip Level 2: Beginner’s paradise

Recommended dosage: 1 – 1.5 g. dried mushrooms – Consistent sensorial accentuation, colors becoming brighter and a light body high. Level 2 can be a more intense form of Trip Level 1, but with the right dosage it can be something more. Be prepared for the beginnings of visual and auditory hallucinations: objects moving and coming to life along with geometrical forms when you close your eyes. It will be harder to concentrate and communicate and you will notice an increase in creativity along with an enhanced sensation, lightness and euphoria.

Trip Level 3: Classic psychedelic trip

Recommended dosage: 1.5 – 3 g. dried mushrooms – Trip Level 3 is great for beginners who want to jump in the “real” psychedelic experience, without overdoing the dosage. This level is where visual hallucinations along with the appearance of patterns and fractals will be evident. No more hinting or subtle flashes of visuals, it’s happening for real. The surface of the object you’re observing will become shiny and moving, as your field of depth is altered. Distortions in the aptitude to measure the passage of time, might cause an 1 hour to feel like an eternity.

Level 4: Flying with the stars

Recommended dosage: 3 – 4 g. dried mushrooms – Strong hallucinations take over: a psychedelic flood of shapes, contours and colors will blend together and hit the shores of your consciousness. There’s no stopping the waves in Level 4. There will be some moments when you will lose touch reality. Random, non-existent objects will appear and the concept of time will fade away to the background. Intriguing to some, scary to others, this is the level where psychedelics can really be powerful, life-altering and mind expanding. Keep in mind that this dosage is only recommend for experience users.

Level 5: Total loss

Dosage: Anywhere from 4 – 5 g. dried mushrooms – Total loss of contact with reality. Intense hallucinations. Great distortion of the perception of the space and time. Disappearance of the logical and known perception of the reality. Great introspection and loss of identity. Sensitive, emotional and personal experiences impossible to describe, once the psychedelic experience ends. Level 5!

 

These are still a guide at best and experience can still vary based on set and setting, for more information refer to this post (coming soon).

How to make shroom tea

 Magic Mushroom Tea

There are numerous ways to enjoy Magic Mushrooms such as eating dried magic mushrooms, enjoying them as mushroom edibles such as Mushroom Chocolate Bars, Mushroom Microdose Capsules, or even Mushroom Gummies. But if you want to drink your Psilocybin Mushrooms? One way is to make delicious tea which are infused with shrooms.

Mushroom Drink vs Eating Dried Magic Mushrooms

Based on the reported experience of users, Shroom tea is much easier on the stomach than chewing and swallowing raw magic mushrooms. Especially if you are someone who gets nauseated easily, mushroom tea really does reduce the possible nausea associated with ingestion of Psilocybin Mushrooms. That’s mainly because by letting them sit in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, the chitin and other components of the mushroom begin to break down while the psilocybin is extracted into the water, making a tea that’s both psychedelic and easier on the stomach.

Step by Step Shroom Tea Recipe

A few things to note about the recipe:

  • You can use any sort of tea for this as you wish; either use packaged tea bags from grocery store, or combine your favorite tea leaves and herbs together to use for the tea portion of the recipe.
  • Regarding eating the shrooms: totally up to the user, you can chose to eat them after or with the tea, or you can chose to strain them out or if using tea bags simply tossing them after they have been properly brewed. (if nausea is your main concern, don’t eat them)
  1. Weigh out dose of mushrooms.
  2. Either grind your dried magic mushrooms into a powder, using either a cannabis grinder or coffee grinder (the  latter makes an even fine powder); or cut them into small pieces.
  3. Prepare your tea leaves or tea bag, adding any optional ingredients such as ginger, lemon peel, etc.
  4. Add your mushrooms to the tea. (If using closed store bought tea bags, skip this step)
  5. Brew the tea (containing your powder or chopped up mushrooms).
    1. If not using any tea pot or custom tea bags; simply let the your tea bags with any optional ingredients and your magic mushrooms sit in hot water for at least 10-15 minutes. You should try and cover the tea with something to keep it hot, or leave it on low heat on the stove or coffee warmer.
  6. Add optional honey for taste and enjoy!

Shrooms Dosage Quick Guide

(Note: this post is about dried magic mushrooms, refer to this for microdosing mushrooms)

This is a quick guide for shrooms dosage, for a more comprehensive guide about Magic Mushroom Dosage refer to this blog post.

There are a lot of factors to consider about Magic mushroom dosage. Potency of mushrooms vary from strain to strain for example Penis Envy strain is stronger compared to Golden Teacher. Other factors to consider is content of your stomach: how much have you had to eat that day and how long ago. As a general rule of thumb, the emptier your stomach, the better mushroom’s effect will be. Additionally, try to avoid taking mushrooms right after a big meal, wait for a few hours before you take them.

Potency of mushrooms can also vary greatly from one batch to the next and from one part of a single mushroom to another part (cap and stem can have different concentrations). Because of these natural variations, chopping or grinding up multiple mushrooms and homogenizing the material can help reduce the risk of unexpectedly strong (or weak) doses.

Threshold.25 g1/100 oz
Light.25 – 1 g1/100 – 1/28oz
Common1 – 2.5 g1/28 – 1/10oz
Strong2.5 – 5 g1/10 – 1/6oz
Heavy5 + g1/6oz +

Onset10 – 40 minutes (when chewed and held in mouth)
Onset20 – 60 minutes (when swallowed on empty stomach)
Duration2 – 6 hours
Normal After Effects : up to 8 hours

These are still a guide at best and experience can still vary based on set and setting, for more information refer to this post(coming soon).

How long do shrooms stay in your system?

How Long Does Psilocybin Stay in Your System at a glance

  • Urine: Up to 24 hours
  • Blood: Less than 24 hours
  • Hair: Up to 90 days

Psilocybin Mushrooms breakdown

After ingesting hallucinogenic mushrooms, aka Magic Mushrooms, the body breaks them down into their active components, such as psilocybin and its active form, psilocin. These compounds act on the brain to produce changes in perception and behavior.

Psilocin is typically cleared from your system in around 5 hours, but psilocybin takes nearly three times longer, taking up to 15 hours to clear.

Again, this is different for everyone, but it’s unlikely to find any traces of mushrooms in a person’s system after 24 hours.

That said, research shows that in some people, a trace amount can be detected for up to a week.

However, the entire process is relatively quick:

  1. Changes in emotion, perception, and consciousness can start in as little as 20–30 minutes after ingestion. The changes can last for several hours, depending on numerous factors such as the dose and the individual.
  2. At the same time, the body begins processing the compounds quickly. The kidneys excrete the compounds, which then leave the body in the urine.
  3. The half-life of a drug is how long it takes the body to break down or excrete half the total amount a person ingests. With this in mind, the half-life of psilocin is 50 minutes.
  4. About 66% of the compounds get excreted from the body within 3 hours.
  5. After 24 hours, the compounds are no longer detectable in the urine.

Factors that affect how long mushrooms stay in your system

You can’t predict exactly how long a drug will stay in your system because no two bodies are exactly alike. There are several facts that affect how long mushrooms stay in your system, most of which are out of your control.

  • Dosage: A higher dosage may remain in the body for longer as it takes more time to break down. For more information, refer to this post.
  • Potency of the shrooms: More potent mushrooms may have more active compounds, making them last longer in the body. For example, Penis Envy Mushrooms are stronger when compared to the Golden Teacher Strain
  • Type of mushrooms: There are a variety of hallucinogenic mushrooms, each with its own composition that may affect how long it stays in the body.
  • Personal tolerance level: Taking some compounds regularly or in larger dosages to feel the same effects may increase the time they take to leave a person’s system.
  • Preparation method and form: How a person prepares shrooms; for example dried magic mushrooms, shroom chocolate, microdose capsules, or in tea, may affect their potency and subsequent excretion time.
  • Any food or drink taken with the mushrooms: Factors that affect digestion, such as eating shrooms with other foods or on an empty stomach, may affect the time it takes for them to leave the body.
  • Metabolism: An individual’s metabolism may affect how quickly the compounds leave the body. Several other factors may influence a person’s metabolism, such as age and body composition.
  • Disorders in the kidney: A kidney with reduced function may take more time to metabolize and excrete these compounds.
  • Age: Younger people tend to have higher metabolisms which will break down the compounds faster
  • Overall health: usually healthier people have better metabolism
  • Stomach content
  • Body size