A Nebraskan man was taken to hospital after he injected himself with psychedelic tea, Global News reports.
The 30-year-old unidentified man had his case catalogued in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The man reportedly attempted to use psychedelic mushrooms as an alternative drug for his bipolar disorder.
"Magic" mushrooms, often referred to simply as "shrooms," are a form of edible mushrooms which contains the drug psilocybin, a hallucinogen which is commonly used in other psychedelic drugs as well. While psychedelic mushrooms are primarily eaten, some users choose to grind them up and use them in tea.
They are not, however, meant to be injected into the bloodstream.
The patient reportedly fell ill a few days after injecting the tea, showing symptoms of jaundice, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting of blood. Upon arrival at the hospital, the man was too sick to respond to doctors.
After doctors ran tests on the man, they discovered that both his kidneys and liver were damaged, and he was on the verge of suffering organ failure.
Even more shockingly, scientists discovered that the fungus was growing in his blood.
After a 22-day-long stay in the hospital, the man was successfully treated using a ventilator, antibacterial medication, and anti-fungal medication. The man has since been discharged from hospital and is healthy.
It is unclear if the man managed to successfully induce a psychedelic experience from injecting the tea.
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