On January 11, the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry published a new study describing an unusual medical case. In the United States, a man in his thirties made a tea made from hallucinogenic mushrooms and injected this liquid into his veins. A few days later, the experience turned into a nightmare: fungi had continued to grow in his blood.
According to the scientific report, by injecting himself with hallucinogenic mushrooms into the bloodstream, the patient hoped to relieve the symptoms of the bipolar disorder he has suffered from, as well as his addiction to opiates. Members of his family have also noticed that he had recently stopped taking his treatment for bipolar disorder and was alternating between depressive and manic states.
The man had discovered reports on the internet explaining the potential therapeutic effects of hallucinogens, such as LSD or psilocybe mushrooms. So he got this variety of hallucinogenic mushrooms and boiled them to make tea. Once the preparation was filtered, he injected it into the body.
An experience that goes wrong
After a few days, worrying signs started to appear. The man became lethargic and nauseous, his skin began to turn yellow. He quickly developed diarrhea and began to vomit blood. When his family found him in this condition, she drove him straight to the emergency room, where doctors noted the patient was extremely confused and was unable to answer their questions as his mental state was altered.
After several of his organs, including his liver and kidneys, began to fail, the man was transferred to an intensive care unit. Blood tests eventually revealed that the mushrooms he had injected were now growing in his blood. The medical team prescribed antibiotics and medicine for the fungus, and the patient was placed on a ventilator. After being hospitalized for twenty-two days, eight of which in intensive care, the man finally survived and was released from the hospital.
In the report, doctors reiterate the need to educate people about the dangers of taking a drug in an unusual way. Indeed, according to some studies, psilocybin may indeed be a promising treatment for depression, anxiety, and drug addiction. However, the substance should be taken with caution and under the supervision of doctors, who check the doses and methods of administration.
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