A man injected himself with ‘magic’ mushrooms and the fungi grew in his blood, putting him into organ failure

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TL;DR Copy-pasted summary: A 30-year-old unnamed man with bipolar disorder injected himself with “magic” mushrooms, which contain the psychedelic drug psilocybin, in a failed attempt at a trip. Psychedelic mushrooms are meant to be eaten or drank, not injected. The mushrooms grew in the man’s bloodstream and caused his body to go into organ failure. He’s still being treated to this day with antifungals and antibiotics. —————————– Copy/Pasted entire article: A man experienced organ failure after turning psychedelic mushrooms into tea that he then injected into his veins. According to a case report out this week in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, the 30-year-old man’s family brought him to a Nebraska emergency room after they noticed he seemed confused. The man had bipolar disorder type 1, the doctors who wrote the case study learned, and he hadn’t been taking his medications, so had been going through manic and depressive episodes. During recent episodes related to his bipolar disorder, he’d researched how he could decrease his opioid use at home, his family said. That’s when he read about the potential for psilocybin, the drug found in psychedelic mushrooms — aka magic mushrooms — for treating symptoms of depression and anxiety. When people want to trip on psychedelic mushrooms, they consume them as-is or in the form of a powder put into a capsule or tea that is then swallowed. But the man in the case study boiled the mushrooms in water, filtered the liquid through a cotton swab, and then injected the substance into his bloodstream. A couple of days later, he started to become overly tired, vomited blood, and developed jaundice, diarrhea, and nausea. His family found him soon after and took him to the hospital. When the doctors met the man, he couldn’t give coherent interview answers, and after tests they found he had a liver injury, his kidneys weren’t functioning properly, and he’d started to go into organ failure. A blood sample revealed something even more shocking: The mushrooms, which thrive in dark places, had begun to grow in the man’s bloodstream, causing the aforementioned health issues. He needed to be put on a ventilator to breath and had his blood filtered for toxins, the case report said. Doctors kept the man in the hospital for 22 days and gave him two antibiotics and one antifungal treatment, which he was prescribed to continue taking for the long term after he left the hospital.

Van_GOOOOOUGH

“the man in the case study boiled the mushrooms in water, filtered the liquid through a cotton swab, and then injected the substance into his bloodstream. A couple of days later, he started to become overly tired, vomited blood, and developed jaundice, diarrhea, nausea. His family found him soon after and took him to the hospital. … A blood sample revealed something even more shocking: “Magic” mushrooms, which thrive in dark places, had begun to grow in the man’s bloodstream, causing the aforementioned health issues. He needed to be put on a ventilator to breath and had his blood filtered for toxins, according to the case report.” Nope

ConerBon3r

This is how we progress as a species. If not for his brave sacrifice, how would we know that you ain’t sposta do that?

ApocalypseSpokesman

Honestly, sad more than anything else. He had an opioid addiction and was clearly in a right enough state of mind to realize he was anxious and depressed, as the article says. Drug reform is necessary and money really needs to be put towards addiction. Does anyone really think someone addicted to opioids, and trying to get clean without help, is thinking clearly?

DasaBadLarry55

Lesson: Do drugs right or don’t do them at all.

fivefeetofawkward