Last modified: August 2, 2019
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New study that combined therapy with the psychoactive component from magic mushrooms was recently reviewed and it has been concluded that it’s a safe and effective treatment for conditions related to anxiety, depression, and addiction. It could even be better than most of the current forms of treatment.
Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound from magic mushrooms that acts as a drug that can dramatically enhance the lives of people who suffer from incapacitating psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression. And according to the findings of the research, the full impact of psilocybin still needs to be further explored.
How Does LSD and Psychedelics Treat Depression and Other Mental Illnesses?
Psychedelics like LSD and (lysergic acid diethylamide) psilocybin are more known as a party drug than as forms of therapeutic medication. But their likeness to neurotransmitters such as serotonin and their capacity to affect perception and mess with the state of consciousness has made them viable alternatives for the treatment of various psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression.
Multiple studies have discovered that patients with severe depression have improved after taking little quantities of this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms together with supportive therapy sessions. There’s actually an evidence of their brains that have developed strengthened connections across formerly disconnected regions.
Such types of results deserve attention because there’s a great potential for using this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms to bar problematic networks in the brain while therapy can help create more functional ones.
Researchers from California made a review of such studies and declared that these studies are not deviations or aberrations and that further testing is needed. Their analysis of the seven clinical trials administered over the past ten years testing the effects of psilocybin-assisted therapy on anxiety, depression, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder has revealed this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms.
What Does Science and Research Say About Wellness and Magic Mushrooms?
It has been revealed in several studies across different patient populations that psilocybin-assisted therapy is safe and that it has a bigger effect compared to other types of treatment for psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression on validated psychiatric rating scales. This suggests that this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms could even be a better treatment option for most patients, especially to those who did not respond to other medications or procedures.
According to the researchers, an important contrast from the other session-based treatments for psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression are that the benefits of psilocybin-assisted therapy could only require few dosing sessions and the effects seem to last longer than the other treatment choices.
The researchers don’t propose that this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms can be beneficial on its own as a form of medication. It is suggested that supportive therapy sessions go hand in hand with it. Larger trials with more powerful statistical tools should be conducted to get the approval of the FDA.
Trials have established the true effectiveness and relative importance of this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms as an authentic treatment for psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression and it’s only a matter of time before licensed and trained psychiatrists use this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms as a drug and a treatment option for patients with psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression.
Testing has been Done, However, More Testing is Needed!
Rigorous testing of pharmaceuticals like this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms established the evidence that challenged ten years of negative association as an illegal and damaging substance. 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) is the operative part in ecstasy, which is a drug that persisted in the dance club scene since the 80s.
Multiple studies have also indicated its effectiveness in treatment for conditions linked with everything from autism spectrum disorder to PTSD. However, just like this type of psychedelics from magic mushrooms, years of testing and biases that needs to be overcome before its full potential can be seen as a form of medication.
Recent changes in attitudes and laws towards marijuana as a valid treatment for psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression could pave the way for other psychoactive substances to be seen differently.
Would you take magic mushrooms to treat your depression?
Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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