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:
- 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.
- At the same time, the body begins processing the compounds quickly. The kidneys excrete the compounds, which then leave the body in the urine.
- 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.
- About 66% of the compounds get excreted from the body within 3 hours.
- 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