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A 30-year-old man ended up in the hospital with mushrooms growing in his blood after spraying himself magic mushroom tea. The case is described in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
The man probably wanted the injection to relieve symptoms of his bipolar disorder and opioid addiction. He is said to have found reports on the net about possible therapeutic effects of hallucinogens such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms and decided to brew tea from such mushrooms. Before injecting the tea into his bloodstream, he filtered the drink through a cotton swab.
In the days that followed, his condition worsened, his skin turned yellow, he developed diarrhea and vomited blood. His family then took him to the hospital.
The man spent 22 days in the hospital, including eight days in an intensive care unit, where his multiple organ failure was treated.
According to several studies, psilocybin can be used in the treatment of depression and substance abuse, but only in a purified form and under medical supervision. Most often it is given in pill form, but in some cases it is also given intravenously. In this form, however, there are no longer any fungi in the preparation that could cause an infection, because psilocybin alone cannot multiply.