Are Your Employees on Psilocybin Mushrooms?

Psilocybin mushrooms are often abused by teenagers and young adults. The fungi produce temporary, rarely addictive hallucinogenic effects within the system. Vision and hearing are skewed, often producing halos around objects and bringing vivid understanding of cadence and melodic progression in music. As with any hallucinogen, the mood of the user and the environment surrounding the mind altering experience are frequently tied into the perception of the “trip.” Good trips are usually the result of a positive environmental setting and perhaps positive comradeship, while bad trips are linked with negative surroundings, fear and bad memories. The personality of the user also comes into play when adjusting for the positive or negative outcome.

Magic mushroom or “shrooms” are typically abused by the young and their non-addictive properties decrease potential danger of rampant use. The body becomes extra-tolerant to the effects of the psilocybin mushrooms, and many more times the original dosage is needed for the same effect on the mind. This occurs soon after the initial abuse and the mushrooms are seldom abused for long periods of time. However, even temporary hallucinations can negatively affect your business and definitely have the potential for harm in the following areas:

  • Mismanagement of heavy machinery
  • Absence of safety protocols
  • Inappropriate behavior with respect to clients
  • Low productivity
  • Absence from work and/or arriving late
  • Low quality of work
  • Giving false or misleading information
  • Slow reflexes
  • Being unable to discern a dangerous situation

Of course, there are more serious side effects which can occur from abusing “shrooms.” In a study on myocardial infarction, the authors describe how psilocybin mushrooms can cause heart attack and arrhythmia. [1] The effect of psychedelic drugs on the heart and brain are well known, and magic mushrooms are no exception. A second case report describes the correlation between psilocybin mushrooms and renal failure. [2] Renal failure is kidney dysfunction, where the kidneys are not able to properly filter the blood in an effective manner, causing toxic buildup and the inability to heal properly or fight off infection or viruses.

If your employees are exhibiting strange, distorted or “high” behavior, immediately have them tested for drug or alcohol abuse. Typically, psilocybin mushrooms are used in conjunction with marijuana, alcohol and other drugs. If you are looking for a quality company which produces drug and alcohol testing equipment, CMM Technology is right for you. Call us today: +618-9204-2500.

1. “Clinical Toxicology – 36(1-2):47 – Summary .” Informa Healthcare. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/15563659809162584.

2. “Magic Mushrooms: Hope for a ‘cheap high’ resulting in end-stage renal failure.” Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2011. http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/content/11/11/2324.full.pdf.

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