The mighty magic mushroom may help reduce depression

The mighty magic mushroom may help reduce depression

The mighty magic mushroom may help reduce depression

'Several of our patients described feeling "reset" after the treatment and often used computer analogies.

Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity that lasted about five weeks. Numerous study participants voluntarily described a sense of their brains rebooting after just two psilocybin experiences. "For example, one of them has expressed to feel the impression that his brain has been "defragmented" like a hard drive, and another "reset" ".

Psilocybin-the naturally occurring psychedelic compound in hundreds of kinds mushrooms-has been reported to show promise as a treatment for depression. Therefore, researchers have made a decision to see if these hallucinogens are really that good, so they started analyzing the effect of psilocybin on the brain. They then gave them a 10 mg dose of psilocybin and a 25 mg dose one week later.

Comparison of images of patients' brains before and one day after they received the drug treatment revealed changes in brain activity that were associated with marked and lasting reductions in depressive symptoms.

According to a new study, eating magic mushrooms could "reset" the brains of people suffering from depression. The benefits of the treatment began immediately, unlike conventional antidepressants that typically have to be in the system for weeks before patients start to notice any improvements.

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They say that this sort of approach could pave the way for a new way of treating people, without the need to use potentially harmful medication on a daily basis.

He further explained how the psilocybin affects the human brain saying that it reduces the blood flow to many parts of the brain which thinks "about the self".

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging revealed reduced blood flow in areas of the brain, including the amygdala, a small, almond-shaped region of the brain known to be involved in processing emotional responses, stress and fear. They also found increased stability in another brain network, previously linked to psilocybin's immediate effects as well as to depression itself.

Researchers warn that despite encouraging results people with depression should not self-medicate with psychoactive drugs.

The study is only at the beginning, and more results are needed before establishing the effect of magic mushrooms on a wider sample of people.

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