A man tried to experiment with psychedelic mushrooms. But his attempt backfired and almost killed him. In a fresh case reported this week, doctors detailed how the man self-injected a tea made from the mushrooms into his body, causing a lethal infection that started growing in his blood. He remained hospitalized for almost a month. He was fortunate enough to have survived.
The 30-year-old man was brought to the emergency room by his family after some confusion. He had a history of bipolar disorder along with opioid dependence and had quit his prescribed medications lately. To self-medicate his depression and dependence, he came across a research paper that refers to the benefit of consuming psychedelic drugs like mushrooms and LSD.
He had decided to consume mushrooms initially by boiling them down into something he felt “mushroom tea,” then filtering the mixture through a cotton swab and intravenously injecting it. A little later, he developed symptoms like lethargy, jaundice, diarrhoea, and nausea, as well as blood vomiting.
By the time he was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit, multiple organs began failing, including his lungs and kidney. Tests suggested that he had both a bacterial and fungal infection in his blood, implying that the mushrooms he injected were now literally feeding off him and growing. Along with other treatments, he was administered a severe course of antibiotics and antifungal drugs.
For 22 days he was in the hospital, including eight in the ICU. However, he survived. He is still being treated with a long-term course of antimicrobials.
It’s imperative to emphasize the potential risks of these drugs and the safest methods to apply them. Though mushrooms can lead to side effects like nausea and increased anxiety, they’re not considered much risky if you do not inject them.
This case proves that mass awareness is needed at this hour.