Magical Mushrooms Soothe Depression Symptoms
Ya don’t say…
The Guardian has brought to to light a rather awesome revelation in medicine. Doctors have discovered that psychedelic mushrooms have the ability to “reboot” folks suffering from depression. Reportedly, the latest study to highlight the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics suggests mushrooms may effectively “reset” the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression.
Here’s how they know: Imperial College London researchers used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat a small number of patients with depression, monitoring their brain function, before and after. Images of patients’ brains revealed changes in brain activity that were associated with marked and lasting reductions in depressive symptoms and participants in the trial reported benefits lasting up to five weeks after treatment.
Folks in the study also agreed that they felt refreshed after their psilocybin intake. But not so fast, the researchers stress that it would be dangerous for patients with depression to attempt to self-medicate. The study was done under a controlled environment.