Psilocybin Benefits: There’s More to Magic Mushrooms Than You Think
Meta: Psilocybin is as natural as the air we breathe, and as it turns out, it could provide several unique health benefits. Could those mushrooms really be magic?
The moniker “magic mushrooms” might be truer than most people realize — at least when it comes to health.
Psilocybin, the psychedelic component that sends people on a trippy mind journey, is being investigated for its potential health benefits. So far, scientists have gathered compelling evidence to support the ingredient as a potential solution for people with depression, anxiety, addiction, and other psychological distress. And if that’s not compelling enough, psilocybin is also touted as a way to self-awaken and reflect.
So, could eating magic mushrooms actually be good for you? Here’s what we know so far:
A Breakthrough Therapy for Depression
The potential to use psilocybin to treat depression has earned the most attention in scientific communities. It recently earned the “breakthrough therapy” designation from the FDA to fast track its research. Early studies have shown that psilocybin can produce an instant reduction in depression after just one treatment.
COMPASS Pathways is in charge of conducting the first large-scale clinical trial for psilocybin therapy, in which 400 participants will be given synthesized psilocybin in capsule form.
Helpful for Smoking Cessation & Other Addictions
Psilocybin is also being investigated as a potential remedy for smoking and other addictions, such as cocaine or alcohol. The idea is that psilocybin can shake up a person’s routine, much like shaking a snow globe, and allow them to see their situation from a different perspective. This gives them a path to step out of their current habits or addictions.
There are successful studies to support this theory, too. One small study found that participants who took psilocybin reduced their alcohol consumption. Another study from John Hopkins University found that psilocybin therapy significantly improved smoking cessation among participants.
Useful for Understanding Human Consciousness
Science aside, anyone who’s ever taken a magic mushroom trip knows that it’s a literal mind-opening experience. It has a way of opening our eyes, minds, and hearts when life has shut us down. It changes our attitudes toward new experiences, sparks imagination, and heightens our appreciation for the world around us.
It frees our consciousness from the confines of our own egos and our perceptions of the world. This temporary loss of ego can actually be beneficial in the right contexts. It expands our experiences and forces us outside our comfort zone to think and do in ways we otherwise wouldn’t have. It fuels our creativity. And isn’t that what progress and growth are all about?
Some may even argue this is precisely why magic mushrooms are a Schedule I substance and remain illegal, despite growing evidence supporting its positive effects on human health. However, as scientists continue to study its properties and effects on the mind and body, it may eventually reach cannabis level in terms of reducing the stigma and promoting its benefits.
There’s no doubt that magic mushrooms are about as mysterious as their name implies. But the interest in psilocybin and its potential positive effects on our health and wellness are enough to hold our curiosity and tumble down its rabbit hole in search of answers.
What are your thoughts on researching psilocybin’s health benefits?
Like the Moody Blues once sang, We’re living in strange times.
Cannabis is winning a hard-fought battle to break the stigma surrounding it ― and magic mushrooms may be next.
There are several studies and trials going on as we speak that are looking into the potential health benefits of psilocybin – the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms that sends people on happy mind trips. Leave it to science to find out there’s more to ‘shrooms that seeing cool colors and and feeling like you’re in another world — a lot more, in fact.
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