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Mushroom and Psilocybin for Depression

Mushroom and Psilocybin for Depression

Psilocybin, a molecule present in psychedelic or hallucinogenic mushrooms, could be more effective than conventional antidepressants, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine .. This significant increase is not surprising, due to the general lack of social contacts, work stress, housing stress and other factors that people are now having to deal with due to the virus.

As the rate of depression continues to rise, scientists are increasingly looking for new ways to treat this mental problem. A team fromImperial College London recently tested the controversial psychedelic drug psilocybin as a treatment option, with surprising results.

Psilocybin in the treatment of depression

Earlier in 2022, researchers at Johns Hopkins University were able to show that psilocybin is able to treat some of the symptoms of major depressive disorder in adults for up to a month. However, this experiment was tightly controlled, and the researchers stressed that further testing was needed to establish psilocybin as an effective treatment.

Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will need to fully license the drug for commercial use. Since psilocybin gives users psychedelic effects, such as hallucinations, it may take some time before this drug is taken up by the healthcare community. However, researchers continue to study it in hopes of helping confirm its benefits.

Improved brain connections

In their own experiment, researchers at Imperial College London performed fMRI scans of nearly60 participants in their study . All patients received psilocybin as well as talk therapy sessions. Brain scans were taken throughout the study to describe the effect of the drug on the brain.

In their analysis, the researchers found an increase in brain connectivity, especially between different parts of the brain, which are more isolated in patients with depression. This brain connection has allowed many patients to “open up” more during treatment and experience some symptom relief. The researchers found that these benefits lasted for up to three weeks after that, which means the drug significantly improves the disorder. The researchers published their findings in Nature Medicine .

Psilocybin for other Pathologies?

Although researchers are hopeful about the benefits of this drug, they know more research is needed. According to Robin Carhart-Harris, lead author and professor at the University of California, "We still don't know how long these changes in brain activity" have been seen with psilocybin therapy, and we need to do more. research to understand this. "Although research is still ongoing, researchers believe that the benefits of psilocybin can be transferred to other mental health conditions, not just depression"

We have discovered a fundamental mechanism by which psychedelic therapy works not only in depression but also in other mental illnesses, such as anorexia or addiction to alcohol, tobacco...", added Carhart- Harris.

Which hallucinogenic mushroom to take?

Mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin are generally of the genera Psilocybe, Panaeolus and Copelandia and there are more than 50 species. The fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) can also be used but it is particularly dangerous for health.

Which Growkit to choose?

The 1st place goes to this variety of magic mushrooms.

Of unknown origin, the Golden Teacher differs from other hallucinogenic mushrooms by its particular appearance.

This grow kit contains the mushroom psilocybe cubensis "Golden Teacher", known for its didactic effects and its unknown origin.

The Golden Teacher is known for his golden hats and special shamanic abilities and is very popular due to his easy and fast growth.

With this strain, the first harvest is often the smallest, the second is usually much larger.

Due to the quality of the mushroom, the content of active ingredients is significantly higher to that of most traditional grow kits on the market.

Buy a Magic Mushroom Kit?

Golden Teacher Strain
This grow kit contains the psilocybe cubensis "Golden Teacher" mushroom, known for its educational effects and unknown origin. The Golden Teacher is known for his golden hats and special shamanic abilities and is very popular due to his easy and fast growth.

With this strain, the first harvest is often the smallest, the second is usually much larger. Due to the quality of the mushroom, the content of active ingredients is significantly higher than most traditional grow kits on the market.

In the box
Inside the box you will find:

1200 ml culture box
1 grow bag
2 paperclips

What is a truffle?

To understand why magic truffles have remained legal, one must first understand what they really are.

And, of course, how they differ from magic mushrooms.

Most people talk about truffles in the Netherlands, as they are not allowed in most other countries. When visiting Amsterdam, many are surprised at how easy it is to buy truffles.

They can be purchased in cafes and fancy boutiques and are usually presented in colorful packaging with names such as: "mexicana", "atlantis" and "high hawaiians".

But what exactly are truffles?

Magic truffles have nothing to do with the types of truffles that we know in the kitchen.

THE magic truffles are sclerotia, which are essentially a hard mass of fungal mycelium growing below the surface.

Magic truffles come from the mycelium of the mushroom psilocybe and contain psilocybin . Psilocybin is a compound hallucinogenic and give to truffles and to mushrooms a psychedelic effect.

All information in this article is based on sources and references, and all opinions expressed are my own. I do not give advice to anyone and although I am happy to discuss topics, if anyone has another question or concern they should seek advice from a competent specialist. People who have psychiatric, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions or who use psychiatric medications should avoid microdosing altogether.

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