A new and revolutionary study has confirmed that magic mushrooms are not a bad choice of recreational drugs, because they have the ability to stimulate the areas of the brain that are rarely used, thus making you more efficient in your day-to-day life.
The trials involved people that were suffering from depression, and they treated it by taking two doses of psilocybin in a week. The first dose was 10 mg. and the second was 25 mg. The team of scientists monitored the response of the brain to the sensations and they noticed that the treatment produced sustained and rapid antidepressant effects.
Before and after the psilocybin treatment the scientists were able to notice reduced blood flow in the areas of the brain that are responsible for the stimulation of emotional responses like fear and stress. The treatment showed amelioration in the area of the brain that is responsible for handling depression.
There were just 19 people that were involved in this study, and it was conducted by the head of Psychedelic Research at the Imperial College in London. His name is Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, and he noted that they were able to notice for the first time, clear changes in the activity of the brain in people that are suffering from depression. They only treated them with psilocybin after they have failed to respond to conventional treatments. He also says that several of their patients described that they were feeling as if their emotions were restarted.
Psilocybin may be giving these patients the much-needed kick start, in order to break out of their depressive states, and the results confirm and support the “restart” analogy. The only other type of therapy that had similar effects on patients is electroconvulsive therapy.
It is important to note that most of the progress was made in individuals that experienced “mystical” or “peak” occurrences, which are experiences that can lead to lasting compensation in their attitude, behavior, and values.