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How long does psilocybin (magic mushrooms and magic truffles) stay in your body?

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Have you just finished a wonderful and mind-bending truffle or mushroom trip, and are you curious how long it actually takes until the active substances have completely disappeared from your system? Or are you right in the middle of a trip right now (good luck reading this) and are you looking for information about how long it will alst? Well, you have come to the right place, because that is exactly what we are going to talk about in todays article! 

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Our big and lumpy processing machine!

Our body is one big machine that is constantly processing stuff. You put something in it, the body does something with it and eventually the substance disappears from your system. This applies to everything you eat, inhale or inject; from french fries and a lovely Snickers ice cream to marijuana and medicine like aspirin. Mushrooms and magic truffles are no different. And although the effects disappear relatively 'quick' and are no longer noticeable, that does not necessarily mean that the substances are really out of your body. So how long does psilocybin - the active ingredient in both magic mushrooms and truffles - actually stay in your system?

Magic mushrooms and magic truffles

Psilocybin (O-phosphoryl-4-hydroxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine) is found in specific types of mushrooms, but also in other fungi called truffles or magic truffles. If we just look at the number of psilocybin-containing mushrooms, there are quite a few! At the moment, about 200 of them are known all over the world, and some are more powerful than others. For comparison: the Psilocybe Azurescens is one of the most powerful mushrooms we know and has a psilocybin content of 1.78%. If you compare this with the 0.16% of the Psilocybe Liniformans, then you understand that not every mushroom is the same, and that you cannot simply say that 100 grams of mushrooms are out of your system within a certain number of hours. 

First of all, it is therefore important that you know what the psilocybin content of the magic mushroom or truffle you take. But it doesn't stop there: your metabolism also plays a role. For example, chances are that you and your friends will react slightly differently to a certain substance. One will only need half a portion, the other will only feel after one and a half portions. The body's metabolism depends on several factors, such as body, liver and kidney functions, metabolic rate, your weight, the functioning of your thyroid gland and some other factors. 

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6 to 12 hours

So can't we really say anything about how fast magic mushrooms and truffles are out of your system? Well, we can! But it is important to know that we are talking about average values ​​here, and that every situation and every body can and will react differently to a certain substance or a certain dose. 

In general, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes before the effects of psilocybin in the body become noticeable. After 90 minutes, the user experiences a peak , and the substances eventually work out after about 6 hours. These phases correspond to the times when the metabolite psilocin enters the bloodstream and is then largely eliminated via the kidneys. The average half-life of psilocin is 50 minutes, and after 3 hours approximately two-thirds of a dose is eliminated via the kidneys in the urine.

Careful readers see that we are talking about psilocin here, and not about psilocybin, so what’s with that? Fortunately, we also have a simple answer to this: In the body, psilocybin is converted into psilocin, the substance that is ultimately responsible for the psychedelic effects. 

Thus, the immediate effects of using psilocybin disappear after about 6 to 12 hours, but various studies and sources report that users may have long-term personality changes that can last more than a year. These long-lasting effects are especially important in studies showing that psilocybin could be effective in treating depression and other mental problems. 

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How long can a drug test detect magic mushrooms or magic truffles?

As we mentioned in the introduction, the average duration of noticeable effects has nothing to do with how long the substance will actually remain in your body. For instance: you might wonder for how long a drug test detect magic mushrooms. It should first be understood that the variety of tests that can be taken differ in how they work. In general, three different types of tests are known that can detect psilocybin and psilocin, namely via urine, blood and hair. 

If we assume that the test you are undergoing for both psilocybin and psilocin tests, we can assume the following values: These metabolites are visible in the body within 20 to 40 minutes . With a small dose, it takes about 15 hours for psilocybin to completely disappear from the body . Psilocin completely disappears from the system within about 5 hours. 

So there you have it! All you need to know about how long psilocybin stays active in the human body. Looking for more information about magic mushrooms and psilocybin truffles? Check out our blog for many more articles!