Psilocybin may help treat depression, a small study finds

Benefits of the compound, found in psychedelic mushrooms, lasted a month Two doses of psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, eased people’s depression symptoms, researchers found. ALEXANDER_VOLKOV/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES PLUS By Laura Sanders NOVEMBER 17, 2020 AT 6:00 AM Hallucinogenic mushrooms’ key ingredient, psilocybin, can swiftly and dramatically ease depression in the right therapeutic setting, aContinue reading “Psilocybin may help treat depression, a small study finds”

Microdosing Psychedelics Is Trendy, But Does It Work? Here’s What Science Says

Amanda Siebert, Contributor Preliminary studies, reviews and anecdotal reports suggest microdosing with psychedelics may have … [+] GETTY Psychedelics have returned from the fringes and entered the mainstream in a huge way, whether through successful ballot initiatives, on the stock market or in Silicon Valley. But today, it’s not profoundly visual, earth-shattering trips like the ones that inspired Steve Jobs to create theContinue reading “Microdosing Psychedelics Is Trendy, But Does It Work? Here’s What Science Says”

Psychedelics as health and wellness aid? Not a hallucination

“People are now coming out of the psychedelic closet, but it’s a risk you take,” said Melissa Lavasani, who led decriminalization efforts in Washington, D.C. Bolstered by a growing body of research and greater acceptance of cannabis for recreation and medicine, psychedelics are experiencing a renaissance as voters and lawmakers rethink the so-called war onContinue reading “Psychedelics as health and wellness aid? Not a hallucination”

Psilocybin increases the expression neuroplasticity-related genes in rats

Psilocybin rapidly increases the expression of several genes related to neuroplasticity in the rat brain, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The new findings might help explain the underlying neurobiological mechanisms responsible for long-lasting changes associated with psychedelic drug use. “Psilocybin induces remarkable subjective effects, but has been largely ignored, scientifically, for manyContinue reading “Psilocybin increases the expression neuroplasticity-related genes in rats”

Medicine Study: Already two doses of psilocybin relieve the symptoms of major depression

by Bhavi Mandalia November 10, 2020 Two doses of psilocybin in conjunction with psychotherapy help relieve the symptoms of major depression quickly, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Psilocybin is a psychedelic substance that causes aberrant, dreamy states of consciousness. It occurs naturally in some fungi. The study was published inContinue reading “Medicine Study: Already two doses of psilocybin relieve the symptoms of major depression”

A Navy SEAL veteran with PTSD said a ‘magic’ mushroom trip put an end to his depression

Julia Naftulin Nov 10, 2020, 3:58 PM Getty Before his first facilitated “magic” mushroom trip, Chad Kuske couldn’t escape his own road rage. If another driver pulled in front of him, he’d become consumed with anger, speeding ahead all of the cars on busy highways. For hours following a drive, Kuske couldn’t let go of theContinue reading “A Navy SEAL veteran with PTSD said a ‘magic’ mushroom trip put an end to his depression”

CAN A PILL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT BASIC ISSUES IN LIFE?

An Oxford researcher into psychedelics thinks so. Eddie Jacobs offers a disturbing premise, “What if a pill can change your politics or religious beliefs?” The background is that some jurisdictions are contemplating licencing the otherwise illegal psychedelic psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”) in the near future as a treatment for depression. He writes, How would you feel about a new therapy for yourContinue reading “CAN A PILL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT BASIC ISSUES IN LIFE?”

More Evidence Magic Mushroom Ingredient May Help Treat Depression

As voters in Oregon and DC opt to decriminalize psilocybin, there is growing evidence that the active compound in “magic,” or hallucinogenic, mushrooms might benefit individuals with moderate to severe depression—at least when used alongside psychotherapy under a doctor’s supervision. “The findings that we have in our study, we believe, are related to the fact that it was in aContinue reading “More Evidence Magic Mushroom Ingredient May Help Treat Depression”

Another Study Shows Psychedelic Psilocybin Mushrooms Offering Long-Term Relief From Depressive Symptoms

In another study on the use of psychedelic compounds as medicine, two doses of psilocybin—the compound that gives “magic mushrooms” their magic—was found to significantly reduce major depressive symptoms in adults when it was combined with assisted psychotherapy. 24 adults were included in the small study that consisted of two five-hour psilocybin therapy sessions andContinue reading “Another Study Shows Psychedelic Psilocybin Mushrooms Offering Long-Term Relief From Depressive Symptoms”

Single dose of psilocybin relieves anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer

BY NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE  DECEMBER 1, 2016  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE When combined with psychological counseling, a single dose of a mind-altering compound contained in psychedelic mushrooms significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a time, according to results of a clinical trial led by researchers at NYUContinue reading “Single dose of psilocybin relieves anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer”

Psilocybin increases the success of smoking-addiction treatment, research suggests

BY PSYPOST  OCTOBER 3, 2016  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE The use of the psychedelic drug psilocybin, in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is more effective than current smoking cessation treatments, according to a recent study published online this July in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The study provides preliminary evidence that psilocybin-use,Continue reading “Psilocybin increases the success of smoking-addiction treatment, research suggests”

Magic mushroom compound psilocybin can reduce symptoms of treatment-resistant depression

BY THE LANCET  MAY 17, 2016  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Psilocybin – a hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms – may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry today. The small feasibility trial, which involved 12 people with treatment-resistant depression, found that psilocybin was safe and well-toleratedContinue reading “Magic mushroom compound psilocybin can reduce symptoms of treatment-resistant depression”

New psychedelic research sheds light on why psilocybin-containing mushrooms have been consumed for centuries

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  JULY 15, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter A new study from the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine provides insight into the psychoactive effects that distinguish psilocybin from other hallucinogenic substances. The findings suggest that feelings of spiritual and/or psychological insight play an important role in theContinue reading “New psychedelic research sheds light on why psilocybin-containing mushrooms have been consumed for centuries”

Combining therapy with the psychedelic drug psilocybin results in large reductions in anxiety and depression

BY BETH ELLWOOD  JUNE 18, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic compound found in so-called “magic mushrooms”. A recent meta-analysis published in Psychiatry Research provides tentative support for psilocybin in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Researchers have made important advancements when it comes to the treatment of depression and anxiety, including both pharmacologicalContinue reading “Combining therapy with the psychedelic drug psilocybin results in large reductions in anxiety and depression”

A single high dose of psilocybin alters brain function up to one month later

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  APRIL 7, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research provides evidence that the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms can affect brain processes related to emotional functioning long after the substance has left one’s body. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, shed new light on the long-term effects of psilocybin. Rather thanContinue reading “A single high dose of psilocybin alters brain function up to one month later”

Single dose of psilocybin associated with increased mindfulness three months later

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  MARCH 14, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research provides evidence that a single psilocybin dose can result in long-term increases in mindfulness, even in the absence of explicit mindfulness training. The study, published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, suggests that these changes in mindfulness are related to changes in the serotonin 2A receptor,Continue reading “Single dose of psilocybin associated with increased mindfulness three months later”

Neuroscience study uncovers psilocybin-induced changes in brain connectivity

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  JANUARY 20, 2020  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research published in Biological Psychology sheds light on the neurophysiological underpinnings of the psychedelic experience. The study provides new details about how psilocybin — the active component in “magic” mushrooms — changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain. “Psychedelics are currently being investigatedContinue reading “Neuroscience study uncovers psilocybin-induced changes in brain connectivity”

Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation linked to brain connectivity changes and persisting positive effects

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  AUGUST 17, 2019  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research indicates that psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation is associated with changes in functional brain connectivity — and these changes are related to an altered state of consciousness known as ego dissolution. The findings appear in the journal NeuroImage. A team of scientists from the UniversityContinue reading “Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation linked to brain connectivity changes and persisting positive effects”

A single dose of psilocybin enhances creative thinking and empathy up to seven days after use, study finds

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  MARCH 7, 2019  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research provides more evidence that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can improve creative thinking, empathy, and subjective well-being. The findings appear in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. “In the last decade, there has been a renewed scientific interest in the utility ofContinue reading “A single dose of psilocybin enhances creative thinking and empathy up to seven days after use, study finds”

Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  JANUARY 20, 2019  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE The psychedelic drug psilocybin could help alleviate depression by causing people to have a less pessimistic outlook on life, according to preliminary research published in Frontiers in Psychology. Previous research has found that depression is associated with unrealistic negative predictions of future life events. Scientists from theContinue reading “Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression”

Psilocybin makes cancer patients see their loved ones in a new light

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  SEPTEMBER 5, 2017  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter SHARE New research sheds light on why the psychedelic drug psilocybin helps to lessen the mental anguish experienced by people with advanced cancer. “The findings of the study support the conclusion that psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is well accepted by participants and constitutes a promising intervention forContinue reading “Psilocybin makes cancer patients see their loved ones in a new light”

People who microdose psychedelic drugs report that the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks

SHARE People who take microdoses of psychedelic drugs consistently report that it results in improved mood and creativity, while having few side effects, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Study author Rotem Petranker, director of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Science, and his colleagues noticed a growing public interest in taking sub-threshold doses ofContinue reading “People who microdose psychedelic drugs report that the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks”

We Could Be Taking Psychedelics to Help Treat Mental Illness in Just Five Years

BY KASHMIRA GANDER ON 4/7/20 AT 12:53 PM EDT HEALTHPSYCHEDELIC DRUGSPSYCHIATRYLSDMAGIC MUSHROOMS Psychedelic drugs could be commonly used to treat mental health patients in as little as half a decade, according to a leading expert in the field. David Nutt, professor and neuropharmacologist at Imperial College London and former U.K. government drug adviser, told Newsweek he believes we are “less than fiveContinue reading “We Could Be Taking Psychedelics to Help Treat Mental Illness in Just Five Years”

Psychedelics: a game-changer in mental health?

Allie Nawrat20 August 2020 (Last Updated August 21st, 2020 15:39) Psychedelics have been used throughout history for medical purposes. After going out of favour in the 1960s and 1970s, they have begun to return to the mainstream as rigorous clinical trials have demonstrated their potential as treatment for unmet needs in mental health. Allie NawratContinue reading “Psychedelics: a game-changer in mental health?”

The rich history and promising future of psychedelic therapy

Hosted by Jonathan Bastian Oct. 24, 2020 HEALTH & WELLNESS Psilocybin mushroomsPhoto by Shutterstock Psychedelics have been used for thousands of years but in a provocative new book “The Immortality Key” author Brian Muraresku explores their impact on early Western civilization. Were the ancient Greeks, Romans and early Chrisitians influenced in their religious practices by psychedelics? Psilocybin, knownContinue reading “The rich history and promising future of psychedelic therapy”

Psychedelic treatment with psilocybin relieves major depression, a study shows

  Photo credit: CC0 Public Domain In a small study in adults with severe depression, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that two doses of the psychedelic substance psilocybin given with supportive psychotherapy resulted in rapid and severe reductions in depressive symptoms, with most participants showing improvement and half of the study participants achieved remissionContinue reading “Psychedelic treatment with psilocybin relieves major depression, a study shows”

‘Magic’ mushrooms could treat long-term depression 4 times better than anti-depressants, study finds

Julia Naftulin Nov 5, 2020, 7:27 PM Snapchat FILE – in this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. PETER DEJONG/ASSOCIATED PRESS The first-ever randomized controlled trial of long-term depression patients who took psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in “magic” mushrooms, found theContinue reading “‘Magic’ mushrooms could treat long-term depression 4 times better than anti-depressants, study finds”

Take a trip: it’s for your mental health

Take a trip: it’s for your mental health BY: AUTUMN HYATT  ON: NOVEMBER 5, 2020 IN: HEALTH, HEALTH AND RECREATION Autumn Hyatt agreer@uccs.edu Disclaimer: Sources contributing to this story are editors at the Scribe. The views and opinions expressed by Flannery and Webb are their own and not reflective of the position of the Scribe as an organization. “The next morning, it was the first time I did notContinue reading “Take a trip: it’s for your mental health”

International study finds 79% of individuals who microdose with psychedelics report improvements in their mental health

A study published in Psychopharmacology suggests that people may turn to microdosing with psychedelics in an attempt to improve their mental health. According to most self-reports, these attempts may be effective. Interest in psychedelic drugs as a potential treatment option for mental health disorders has been steadily increasing. One reason for the upsurge in interest might beContinue reading “International study finds 79% of individuals who microdose with psychedelics report improvements in their mental health”

The benefits of of psilocybin in treating mental health disorders

Hosted by Jonathan Bastian Oct. 24, 2020 HEALTH & WELLNESS Controlled psychedelic treatment.Photo: Polaris Insight Center, courtesy of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The counterculture years of the 1960’s and 70’s did little for the reputation of psychedelic drug use. Potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelic compounds for researchers and healthcare were quickly dashed by strict social andContinue reading “The benefits of of psilocybin in treating mental health disorders”

Psychedelic treatment for depression is on sale for the first time

By Olivia Goldhill Science reporter October 16, 2020 Five years ago, psychedelics helped break Ian Roullier free from depression. His mental health had been spiraling for years, despite various antidepressants, counseling, and personal efforts to meditate, walk, and journal his way back to health. In 2014, he heard researchers at Imperial College London were planning toContinue reading “Psychedelic treatment for depression is on sale for the first time”

What if a Pill Can Change Your Politics or Religious Beliefs?

A new mental health treatment using the psychedelic compound psilocybin raises questions about medicine and values By Eddie Jacobs on October 11, 2020 “Magic” mushrooms, a source of psilocybin. Credit: Joe Amon Getty Images How would you feel about a new therapy for your chronic pain, which—although far more effective than any available alternative—might also change your religious beliefs? OrContinue reading “What if a Pill Can Change Your Politics or Religious Beliefs?”

The case for funding psychedelics to treat mental health

The case for funding psychedelics to treat mental health Scientists are developing psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, into a treatment for depression. By Sigal Samuel  Oct 9, 2020, 1:30pm EDT Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is being investigated as a potential treatment for depression. Getty Images/iStockphoto This story is part of a group ofContinue reading “The case for funding psychedelics to treat mental health”

Study suggests psilocybin can positively change emotions and brain function long-term

Emma StoneOctober 26, 2020 (juriskraulis/AdobeStock) Over time, it’s easy to become entrenched in how we view and move through the world. Firing up the same well-worn neural pathways becomes effortless, leading most of us to live more confined existences than we’d like to admit. For some, these ingrained habits may be a preference for aContinue reading “Study suggests psilocybin can positively change emotions and brain function long-term”

Clinical Study Shows Hallucinogenic Magic Mushroom Compound Psilocybin Relieves Depression

  A small study of adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers has found that two doses of a psychedelic compound found in “magic mushrooms,” can produce large reductions in depressive symptoms, when administered with supportive psychotherapy. The randomized, waiting list-controlled clinical trial involved 24 participants diagnosed with MDD, who weren’tContinue reading “Clinical Study Shows Hallucinogenic Magic Mushroom Compound Psilocybin Relieves Depression”

‘Magic mushroom’ ingredient could work as mental health treatment

By Katie Hunt, CNN Updated 1712 GMT (0112 HKT) November 7, 2020 (CNN)While magic mushrooms are known for their hallucinogenic effects, they may also have a role to play in the treatment of some mental health treatment.Or they might, if they weren’t illegal in most states.Oregon has become the first US state to make psilocybin, theContinue reading “‘Magic mushroom’ ingredient could work as mental health treatment”