Psilocybin — the psychedelic compound that puts the so-called “magic” in magic mushrooms, or shrooms — can stay in your system for up to 15 hours, but that’s not set in stone.
How long shrooms stay in your system depends on a lot of variables, from the species of mushroom you ingest to things like your age and body composition.
These things play into how long shrooms are detectable by a drug test, too.
Here’s a look at the full timeline of shrooms, including how long their effects last and their detection window.
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The effects of shrooms can usually be felt around 30 minutes after ingesting them, but it depends on how you consume them.
Fresh or dried mushrooms can be ingested on their own, mixed with food, or steeped in hot water or tea. In tea, shrooms can kick in as fast as 5 to 10 minutes after ingestion.
Shroom trips typically last between 4 and 6 hours, though some people may feel effects a lot longer.
After your trip, you’re likely to have some lingering effects that can last into the next day.
Bad trips can be harder to shake off. Certain factors can make some effects linger longer and increase the likelihood of a comedown or hangover.
The factors that can affect the severity and duration of shrooms’ effects include:
- how much you take
- the mushroom species
- how you consume them
- whether you eat dried or fresh shrooms (dried ones are more potent)
- your age
- your tolerance
- your expectations and frame of mind
- having a preexisting mental health condition
- any other substances you might’ve taken
Within 24 hours, though, most people go back to feeling like themselves.
It’s hard to give a definitive answer because there are so many different types of drug tests available, and some are a lot more sensitive than others.
That said, most routine drug tests can’t detect shrooms. More specialized tests may be able to, though. The detection windows vary from test to test, too.
In general, though, shrooms don’t show up on most routine drug tests. The body also metabolizes shrooms too fast for them to show up in blood or saliva tests (unless the test is done within a few hours of consumption).
Certain factors can affect how long shrooms hang around in your system. Many of these factors you can’t control.
Time between ingestion and testing
Hallucinogens like psilocybin are eliminated from the body quickly. Still, the time between ingesting shrooms and testing could be a factor — if the right type of test is used, of course.
The sooner a drug test is performed after taking shrooms or any other substance, the higher the chances it can be detected.
There’s somewhere between about 75 to 200 different species of psilocybin-containing mushrooms. The amount of the hallucinogen varies from shroom to shroom.
The more psilocybin in the shroom, the longer it’ll hang around in the body.
Method of use
Whether you consume it dried or fresh, scarf it down on its own, hide it in a burger, or drink it in tea, how you consume your shroom dose affects potency and how quickly it passes through your body.
Again, how much you consume plays a big role.
The more you ingest, the longer shrooms will be in your body and possibly detectable.
The older you are, the longer shrooms tend to stay in your system. This goes for other substances, too.
Every body is different. No two bodies process substances on exactly the same schedule.
What’s in your belly
How much food and liquid is in your stomach when you take a dose of shrooms affects how long they hang around.
The more food that’s in there when you do shrooms, the slower they’ll move through your digestive system.
When it comes to water, hydration speeds up psilocybin excretion.
Using shrooms with other substances can lead to both unpredictable effects and time in your system.
If you drink alcohol or take any other substance with shrooms, it could affect how it’s processed by your body. There’s also the chance that the other substance will be picked up on drug test, even if the shrooms aren’t.
It’s also important to consider the possibility that the shrooms you get could be laced with another substance.
Drinking water can help move it through your system a bit faster, but not enough to make a significant difference if you’re trying to avoid detection.
Your best bet is to stop doing shrooms as soon as possible if you’re worried about detection.
Shrooms are eliminated from the body quickly, but a bunch of variables make it impossible to say exactly how long they’ll hang around in your system.
If you’re concerned about your substance use, there’s help available. You can bring it up to your healthcare provider if you feel comfortable. Keep in mind that patient confidentiality laws will prevent them from reporting this information to law enforcement.
You can also reach out to one of the following free and confidential resources:
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) or online treatment locator
- Support Group Project
- Narcotics Anonymous
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddle board.