Magic Mushrooms Treat Severe Depression in Scientific Trial

By Brandon Turbeville

A relatively new study coming out of the UK is now using science to confirm what many people have known for centuries – that psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms is able to lift and treat severe depression in humans.

At Imperial College London scientists gave 12 people high doses of psilocybin. Going into the experiment, all of the volunteers were severely depressed and were considered untreatable. A week after the experiment, however, all of the volunteers were depression free.

Three months later, five of them still had no symptoms. The results of the study were published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal; and while the study welcomed the results, it strangely labeled them as “promising, but not completely compelling.”

READ: Study Shows Psilocybin, LSD Very Successful In Treating Cluster Headaches

The researchers are now attempting to find more funding from the medical research council as well as other sources to conduct further and more effective experiments. Scientific research has shown that psilocybin can relieve depression by targeting certain receptors in the brain and disrupting the default mode network. The DMN is responsible for a person’s sense of self and in depressed people the DMN is overactive.

But the scientists are not merely suggesting that the psychedelic experience was related only to a chemical reaction. The scientists are saying that it is possible that the trip actually produced “a spiritual awakening” in the subjects and that the awakening was responsible for the disappearance of depression.

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