Research Suggests Magic Mushrooms Can Help With Depression
If you’ve ever tried magic mushrooms, you’d know that there’s nothing really quite like it. Time seems to change around to where an hour feels like a minute or vice versa. You see things like fireworks in the sky that aren’t actually there, no other drugs feels like they have an impact on you while you’re on it, and you have the weird urge to interact with nature. But did you know that they can also help with depression?
Depression can me an invisible boulder on someone’s back. The hard part is for someone to recognize it with ea friend, and even worse, is to deal with it by yourself without letting anyone know you’re depressed. There’s no easy scenario. You can choose to take necessary medications, but they also dull your emotions while trying to stop the depression. Magic mushrooms may be able to help with the symptoms of depression without watering down your sense of well-being.
Findings at the Imperial College London have unveiled that psychedelics may be able to take care of some of the worst parts of depression without leaving you walking around like a zombie because of the negative effects of the drugs. What the psychedelics do is essentially resetting the brain. Kind of like unplugging and plugging back in your router, but in the most advanced organic computer in history.
The recent study, published in the journal Neuropharmacology, the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial looked into how the drug can target brain activity in the areas of your brain that controls emotion. With the psilocybin, patients with depression who weren’t helped by the usual treatments, showed improvements in their depression and symptoms. On the other hand, the amygdala, the part of your brain that processes emotions, also showed more of a response to certain emotional face — happy, sad, and angry faces.
“Our findings are important as they reveal biological changes after psilocybin therapy and, more specifically, they suggest that increased emotional processing is crucial for the treatment to work,” explained Leor Roseman, author of the study and member of the Psychedelic Research Group.
After a human trial, patients reported feeling like they’ve been emotionally reconnected. Before all this can be confirmed to be related to psilocybin’s impact on the brain fixing itself, the authors of the journal must also look at other factors to see if they might have caused the reaction.
“Having a healthy control group in future studies should be helpful in answering some of these questions,” said Roseman. “We also want to investigate how the amygdala responds a longer time after treatment, which will inform us about longer term effects – compared to the current study, which was only looked at one day after the therapy.”
More trials are set to happen sometime in 2018. I guess this could explain why everyone at Woodstock was so happy and accepting. Well, that and the plethora of other drugs that were going around.
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