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Mushrooms (Psilocybin or Psilocyn) Drug Test

Although standard 5 or 10 panel urine drug tests do not detect it, Health Street offers a Mushrooms (Psilocybin or Psilocyn) Drug Test, which can identify the active, psychotropic tryptamines in what is commonly called Magic Mushrooms.

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Mushrooms (Psilocybin or Psilocyn) Drug Test

Street Names

Tripping on mushrooms is commonly called “shrooming”. Mushrooms have a variety of nicknames in the street, and on college campuses where usage is reported to be higher than in the general population.

Some of the street names used to describe this pyschoactive substance are:

  • boomers
  • caps
  • shrooms
  • magic mushrooms

How Mushrooms are Ingested

Mushrooms are a naturally grown substance, belonging to the genus Psilocybe. Although mushrooms can be eaten in order to acquire a high, some individuals:

  • brew it into tea
  • steep it in hot water
  • mix it with alcohol
  • ground it into pills
  • add it as a topping to pizza

There are about 190 eatable mushroom species and each mushroom contains anywhere from 0.2 to 0.4 percent psilocybin. Thanks to depictions in rock art, there is evidence of mushroom use dating back to prehistoric times. Today, according to a 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 8 percent of American adults over the age of 26 have used magic mushrooms.

Intended effects

The most common effect of mushrooms and the reason they are so popular is their hallucinogenic element. This effect is brought on by a change in the way the nerve cells react to the neurotransmitter in the spinal cord and brain. This alters serotonin levels in the brain thus creating a hallucination similar to the effects brought on by LSD. Although mushrooms produce hallucinations, they do not produce objects that are not actually present. Instead, they distort the perception of real objects. For example, individuals tripping on mushrooms may see things in different colors or patterns, feel things in different textures or have exaggerated emotional responses to situations. In addition, while on mushrooms, time can feel slowed down or speed up.

Side effects

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness


Although mushroom use is not thought of as overly addictive, tolerance for the drug builds up quickly, meaning users have to ingest more and more mushrooms to get the desired affect. In addition, the shift in reality that is experienced while on mushrooms can be intense and frightening or cause an individual to lose all sense of reality. During this time, it is not uncommon for accidents that are life threatening or even fatal to occur.

The brain can produce flashbacks of the hallucination days or even a year after the drug was ingested. This is often a result of long term mushroom use. Extended and repeated use of the drug can also disrupt the normal function of the brain and lead to long term memory impairment and psychiatric illness.


Although an overdose on mushrooms is less likely than overdosing on stronger drugs, the overdose danger comes into play when mushrooms are mixed with other substances like alcohol or other drugs.

Drug testing for mushrooms

Mushroom use can cause hallucinations, making it extremely dangerous for anyone in a working environment or operating any machinery, including driving. It is also a significant gateway to much harder substances, so one would be wise to have family members tested if mushroom use is suspected.

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