Man sent to ICU after 'shroom' tea injection leads to ‘magic mushrooms’ growing in his blood

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  • In an attempt to alleviate his bipolar disorder symptoms and opioid dependence, a 30-year-old man brewed a psilocybin mushroom tea and injected it into his bloodstream 
  • This resulted in the patient experiencing organ failure, being placed on a ventilator and receiving antibiotic and antifungal drugs
  • His blood tests revealed that he had developed a bacterial and fungal infection after the ‘magic mushrooms’ began growing in his blood 

A 30-year-old man spent 22 days in hospital after brewing tea from psychedelic "magic mushrooms" and injecting it into his veins. This led to the fungus growing in his blood and subsequent intensive care treatment for organ failure, according to a statement that appeared in Live Science

The man had hoped that the tea would help alleviate his bipolar disorder symptoms and opioid dependence. His family stated that he had become negligent in adhering to his medication and was experiencing depressive and manic episodes, the Live Science statement reported. 

The man found online reports that described the potential therapeutic benefits of hallucinogens, which prompted his efforts, according to a description of his case in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

To make the tea, the man boiled the hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms and strained the liquid through a cotton swab before injecting himself, said the statement. 

Side effects

Several days later, the man began feeling lethargic, nauseous, his skin began turning yellow and he also began vomiting blood, according to the Live Science statement. 

After his family found him, the man was taken to the emergency room where he was treated for liver and kidney failure. Additionally, the 30-year-old was placed on a ventilator after experiencing respiratory failure. 

His blood tests revealed that he had a bacterial and a fungal infection, which meant that the magic mushrooms (Psilocybe cubensis) had begun growing his blood. 

After 22 days in the hospital and receiving antibiotic and antifungal drugs, he had survived the incident and was discharged from the hospital, but is still on a long-term treatment regimen, the statement said. 

Psychedelics for depression and anxiety treatment

Health24 previously reported that psychedelics such as LSD and magic mushrooms have been used in the treatment of severe depression. 

Researchers have noted that individuals suffering from depression can be resistant to therapies and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). 

Administering psychedelics in small doses in conjunction with psychotherapy has been proven to help treat individuals with depression that suppresses their emotions. 

When magic mushrooms are used recreationally, they are usually eaten raw or ground into a powder and put into capsules. 

A negative experience with magic mushrooms can result in anxiety, elevated blood pressure, fear, headaches and stomach cramps, the Live Science statement reported.

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