Eating magic mushrooms can clear up depression, researchers say

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 17, 2017

A psychoactive compound occurs naturally in "magic mushrooms" may help reduce symptoms of depression as well as "reset" brain activity in affected patients, a study has shown. The active ingredient in magic mushrooms - a psychedelic chemical called psilocybin, is reported to produce "rapid and sustained antidepressant effects".

"We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments", says Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial College London.

A new study out of the United Kingdom is not the first to investigate whether psilocybin could be an effective treatment for severe depression, but nonetheless it has brought some exciting new results to light. The findings demonstrated that Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as psychedelic mushrooms, effectively reset the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression.

Carhart-Harris adds that "psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary "kick start" they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a 'reset" analogy'.

Functional MRI imaging revealed reduced blood flow in areas of the brain, including the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotional responses, stress and fear.

The past few years have seen some awesome developments for psilocybin mushrooms.

Now it may not be a good idea to self-medicate on the Class A hallucinogenic drug, and it has been described as "addictive and risky", but the good news is that we could just be about to discover a totally new method of treating depression.

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