The Top 10 Psilocybin Research Papers of 2020

Changes in brain functioning, new synthesis methods, and psychotherapy dominate this year’s most-cited psilocybin papers. DECEMBER 30, 2020 – BY BARBARA E. BAUER, MS As 2020 draws to a close, Psychedelic Science Review is acknowledging the work that psychedelic researchers published this year. Last year, we presented the Top 10 psilocybin research papers for the last 20 years. Now, PSR recognizesContinue reading “The Top 10 Psilocybin Research Papers of 2020”

Psychedelic mushrooms at center of effort to help dying patients

Updated Nov 28, 2020; Posted Nov 28, 2020   A vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a cannabis marketplace in Los Angeles on May 24, 2019.AP Photo/Richard Vogel By Kaiser Health News By JoNel Aleccia Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facingContinue reading “Psychedelic mushrooms at center of effort to help dying patients”

Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy produces large, rapid, and sustained antidepressant effects

BY ERIC W. DOLAN  NOVEMBER 29, 2020 Combining the psychedelic drug psilocybin with supportive psychotherapy results in substantial rapid and enduring antidepressant effects among patients with major depressive disorder, according to a new randomized clinical trial. The findings have been published in JAMA Psychiatry. The new study provides more evidence that psilocybin, a compound found in so-called magicContinue reading “Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy produces large, rapid, and sustained antidepressant effects”

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, a smallContinue 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”

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”

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 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 NYU LangoneContinue reading “Single dose of psilocybin relieves anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer”

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”

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 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 pharmacological andContinue reading “Combining therapy with the psychedelic drug psilocybin results in large reductions in anxiety and depression”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”