He wanted to heal hers depression with hallucinogenic mushrooms, but the experiment put in place by a 30-year-old man nearly killed him. The American was in fact hospitalized after having himself injected intravenously an infusion of hallucinogenic mushrooms which began to proliferate in his body. An incredible story, bordering on science fiction, but the clinical case was published in Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The unwary patient was hospitalized for nearly a month (eight days in intensive care) at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Arizona, but fortunately survived.
The therapeutic effects
According to the report the man, who vomited blood, was accompanied to the emergency room by the family in prey to nausea, diarrhea, extreme confusion, jaundice. The family members themselves told the doctors that he had a history of bipolar disorder and opioid addiction and that he had recently stopped taking his prescribed medications. In an attempt to self-medicate his addiction, he came across research on the therapeutic effects of microdosing LSD and psilocybin, a natural psychedelic made from over 200 mushrooms. In fact, in numerous studies it has been shown that the compound psilocibina it can have therapeutic effects, including relieving depression, anxiety and existential worry in patients with terminal illness. However, this occurs in controlled studies where the drug was taken orally.
Perhaps believing it would have a more immediate effect, the young American decided to boil the mushrooms by obtaining an infusion filtered through cotton which is then injected into a vein. Soon after he began to develop severe lethargy with all the other symptoms that forced him into hospitalization. In the hospital lungs and kidneys began to fail. Tests revealed that a ‘bacterial and fungal infection in the blood, which means that the cells of the fungi he had injected were replicating within his body. The patient was treated with an intense course of antibiotics and antifungal medications and eventually managed to recover.
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