Man suffers multiple-organ failure after injecting magic mushroom tea in DIY bid to treat depression

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A 30-year-old man in the U.S. spent more than a week in intensive care after he injected magic mushroom tea into his veins in a desperate attempt to relieve symptoms of bipolar disorder and opioid dependence. Although psilocybin alone cannot grow in the body, according to LiveScience , the event did result in bacteria and fungus growing in the unidentified man’s blood. The injection ultimately landed him in the local emergency department a few days later, notes a case description published online this week in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry . The study was carried out by the Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix, Az. Could legal psilocybin retreats be coming to North America? Year in Review: Canada’s changing relationship with psychedelic medicine 17 Canadian healthcare professionals approved by Ottawa to use psilocybin for training purposes Psilocybin’s effects will vary by person, but it is often associated with euphoria and peacefulness. That said, possible effects also include dizziness, nausea and vomiting, according to Medical News Today . “If the recreational user experiences issues with mental health or feels anxious about using the hallucinogen, they face a higher risk of having a bad experience,” the information notes. The man’s emergency trip led to a 22-day hospital stay, eight of those days in the intensive care unit receiving treatment for multiple-system organ failure, including the liver and kidneys. He also had septic shock and, on the second day in ICU, suffered acute respiratory failure that required he be placed on a ventilator, study authors write. And although the man has since been released from hospital, he continues to be treated with a long-term regimen of antibiotic and antifungal medications. Prior to injecting himself, the man, who had a history of intravenous drug use, was not adhering to taking…

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