How Long Does a Mushroom Trip Last?

Psilocybin is a psychedelic chemical in certain types of mushrooms. People have used “magic mushrooms” for medical, traditional, and recreational purposes for centuries. Today, people around the world use magic mushrooms for their psychedelic and mood-enhancing effects.

While mushrooms are naturally occurring, their effects can be dangerous. People may have unwanted side effects that last for a long time or experience disturbing “bad trips.”

This article will explore mushroom abuse. You will learn:

  • The effects and risks of using mushrooms
  • How long a mushroom trip might last
  • The length of time mushrooms can stay in your system
  • If it is possible to become addicted to mushrooms
  • Where to find treatment for substance abuse

Contact the specialists at The Best Treatment to learn about magic mushroom abuse and treatment. Our intake specialists can answer your questions and schedule an intake assessment. Contact us today to take the first step of your recovery journey.

What are Mushrooms?

Certain mushroom species contain naturally occurring compounds called psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocybin can produce hallucinogenic effects. Users ingest dried mushrooms, typically by eating them or brewing them in a tea.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies psilocybin as a Class I drug. This means that psilocybin has no accepted medical use and poses a significant risk of addiction.

Magic mushrooms (shrooms) are illegal in most areas of the United States. However, some cities have decriminalized mushroom use, and some have legalized shrooms for recreational and medicinal use.

What are the Effects and Risks of Mushrooms?

Magic mushrooms are a type of psychedelic drug. People who ingest mushrooms experience psychological and physical effects. Some common effects of magic mushrooms include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea
  • Loss of coordination
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Euphoria
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Distorted sense of reality, space, and time
  • Spiritual experiences

Magic mushroom users may experience severe effects and health risks, including seizures and psychosis. People who use high doses of mushrooms may be at increased risk of having a negative experience or experiencing harmful side effects.

People may consume poisonous mushrooms or non-psychoactive species. It is nearly impossible for users to control the amount of psilocybin they ingest.

Other risks associated with magic mushroom use include:

  • Disturbing psychedelic experiences (bad trips)
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Upsetting hallucinations

People who use mushrooms for a long time may experience flashbacks to “bad trips.” They may also exhibit long-term personality changes or worsening mental health conditions.

Some people may find it very difficult to stop using magic mushrooms, even when they want to. Support, treatment, and ongoing care are essential to avoiding the risks of mushroom use.

How Long Does a Mushroom Trip Last?

Several factors can influence how long a mushroom trip lasts. These factors include:

  • Your age
  • Species of mushroom you ingested
  • The amount of shrooms you used
  • The way you ingested the mushrooms
  • How much you had eaten before ingesting the mushrooms
  • Your body composition
  • Other substances you ingested at the same time

Generally, people experience the effects of mushrooms for 3-6 hours after consuming them. The psychoactive compounds in mushrooms may remain in the body for longer periods, even after the effects wear off.

How Long Do Mushrooms Stay in Your System?

Your body begins to break down psilocybin within 30 minutes of ingesting mushrooms and then starts to eliminate it. However, drug screening tests can sometimes detect the psychedelic compounds in magic mushrooms.

Here is an overview of how long drug testing can detect psilocybin in the body.

Urine tests

A urine test may be able to detect psilocybin for up to 24 hours after you ingest mushrooms.

Blood testing

Blood testing may be able to detect psychedelic compounds for 24 hours or longer, depending on the amount you used and other factors.

Hair testing

Hair follicle testing is not common, but it has the longest detection window for detecting psychedelic compounds. A hair test may detect psilocybin for up to 90 days after you ingest mushrooms.

Your hydration level, tolerance, overall health, and other factors can influence how long it takes for your body to clear psilocybin and psilocin.

Treatment for Mushroom Abuse

Many addiction experts believe there is a low risk of becoming physically addicted to magic mushrooms. However, many people who use them frequently may become psychologically addicted to shrooms.

People with mushroom abuse or addiction must seek treatment. An addiction treatment program may include:

During a substance abuse treatment program, people learn how to prevent relapse by developing healthy coping skills. Treatment can give people a fresh start toward a healthier future.

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  1. National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms)
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Psilocybin
  3. Science Direct: Psilocybin
  4. National Institutes of Health (NIH): The detection of psilocin in human urine
  5. National Institutes of Health (NIH): Renal excretion profiles of psilocin following oral administration of psilocybin: a controlled study in man

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.