Last Updated on September 11, 2021 by Shawn Mark
Mushrooms have been a part of our collective consciousness for a long time. Psychodelic mushrooms have been used by humans for centuries for recreational, religious, or medicinal use. Still, with the onset of the new age in which substance use skyrocketed, psilocybin-containing mushrooms got labeled as dangerous and instantly became a taboo topic.
What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is a compound naturally occurring in more than 200 species of mushrooms that can easily cause potent hallucinations. Psilocybin can be ingested in many forms. Although commonly consumed in a dried mushroom form, psilocybin-infused products are popping up like… well, mushrooms. Pun intended. These days, it is not uncommon to even find psilocybin-infused chocolate bars like the chocolate matrix bar mushroom.
Let’s dig into some of its most beneficial effects:
- It may help treat depression
Some recent studies on the effect of psychedelic psilocybin found that psilocybin performed almost on the same level as the typical anti-depressants.
When compared with a typical anti-depressant like Lexapro, those patients who consumed psilocybin reported faster results.
Researchers found that the use of psilocybin improved the abilities of patients to express emotions and a heightened general sense of well-being.
- It is beneficial for tackling anxiety
Psilocybin was tested on a group of cancer patients. It was shown to be efficient in tackling some symptoms of depression. Psylocibin improved the patients’ general attitudes towards death and helped immensely with their anxiety.
Up to 80% of those who participated in the trials noted a significant reduction of their anxiety and general improvement of their attitude towards the outcome of their health situation
Researchers were able to prove that these anti-anxiety effects can even last up to five years after consuming the first dose of Psylocibin
- Psilocybin helps with combating addiction
Early research is showing that psilocybin could even be used as a tool to treat addiction.
Johns Hopkins doctors are investing millions in a research center that aims to answer this question.
Although the research about the effects of psilocybin on addiction is in the early stages, some indicators are already visible. Namely, psilocybin is showing promising results in helping patients make tough decisions.
Psilocybin could potentially target addiction in a surprising way. Researchers suggest its potential use just as individuals are getting ready to stop smoking or taking drugs to psychologically prepare them for the period after the usually never easy decision.
Psilocybin has been with us for more than 10,000 years. Still, it seems that it is making a breakthrough in psychiatry only recently.
For quite some time, psilocybin was shunned to make way for industrial medicine of large scale. It seems that psilocybin is making a big comeback and being taken more seriously than ever.
The potential benefits of psilocybin for treating depression, anxiety, and addiction look promising, and maybe in the future, some of the most common psychological ailments might become a thing of the past.
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