Magic mushroom ingredient psilocybin could be key to treating depression – studies

No, this isn’t a non factual Internet hoax. It is from The Guardian in the U.K. Researchers finally looked at psilocybin. Personally, I always thought that unmanaged use of these psychedelics was potentially dangerous. Most primitive cultures apparently used them in group settings, with careful supervision of the ‘medicine man’ (or woman). These studies appear to use a similar model, controlled use under medical supervision. It appears to have a profound mental healing affect for the patient, many of whom are cancer patients.

Immediate reduction in depression and anxiety for up to eight months seen in patients with advanced cancer given a single dose of psilocybin.

The results of the research are published in the Journal of Psychopharmacologytogether with no less than ten commentaries from leading scientists in the fields of psychiatry and palliative care, who all back further research. While the effects of magic mushrooms have been of interest to psychiatry since the 1950s, the classification of all psychedelics in the US as schedule 1 drugs in the 1970s, in the wake of the Vietnam war and the rise of recreational drug use in the hippy counter-culture, has erected daunting legal and financial obstacles to running trials.

Posted here more for an FYI than any kind of actionable issue.


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