Can Magic Mushrooms Help Treat Mental Health Disorders?

Can Magic Mushrooms Help Treat Mental Health Disorders?

Sep 1, 2021, 9:13:58 AM Life and Styles

According to a recent report released by the Psilocybin Advisory Board of Oregon, indigenous peoples have consumed these psychedelic mushrooms for thousands of years, and the practice is now being evaluated as a medically sound treatment for mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and addiction.

Psilocybin, the key component in such mushrooms, was shown to help reduce the debilitating symptoms of these conditions by a panel of specialists that included university professors, epidemiologists, and public health authorities. Furthermore, Oregonians may be able to use psilocybin instead of or in addition to prescription medications like Prozac and Zoloft by 2022 or soon thereafter.


Although depression affects a large percentage of the world's population, current therapies have a low effectiveness rate. According to a study published in the journal BMC Psychiatry in 2018, over half of the patients diagnosed with severe depressive disorder may not react effectively to treatment. The Food and Drug Administration categorized psilocybin as a novel therapy for depression the following year, indicating that the plant may be more effective than most traditional medicines in treating life-threatening diseases.


According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, Beaver state citizens voted in November 2020 to pass Measure 109, a ballot proposal that requires the Oregon Health Authority to create a "state-licensed psilocybin-assisted treatment program." The new study includes an assessment of most of the scientific data that has been released thus far. According to the authors, data shows "that psilocybin helps decrease sadness and anxiety, even in life-threatening situations," based on the findings of "high-quality" phase I and II clinical trials. Furthermore, early study suggests that the hallucinogen may aid in the reduction of "problematic alcohol and cigarette usage."


Psilocybin's possible health advantages may arise from its capacity to give people a sense of spiritual well-being. According to the paper, participants in several studies characterize their experiences with psilocybin as "extremely significant" findings that are backed by historical records. Many ancient civilizations, especially the Maya, saw psilocybin use as an important part of religious and spiritual ceremonies. However, like with any medication, psilocybin can have harmful side effects if used inappropriately.

Psilocybin has a variety of mild or short-term adverse effects, ranging from nausea to paranoia to death anxiety. Long-term or significant side effects include a "persistent worsening of depression and anxiety," according to the authors, who added that the mechanism of the link between psilocybin therapy and aggravation of these illnesses is yet unknown.


Oregon, one of the most drug-friendly states in the US, was the first to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of all narcotics, including heroin and methamphetamine, last winter. That decision, however, was not without criticism. According to The Associated Press, more than 20 district attorneys came out against the plan, which was described in Measure 110, a distinct piece of legislation connected to Measure 109, before the vote.


Read "New Legal Targets to Speed Up Magic Mushrooms Canada for Dying Patients" to discover more about psilocybin's possible medicinal applications.

Published by nena soibam

Reply heres...

Login / Sign up for adding comments.

Similar Articles