Psychedelic Mushrooms: Medicine and Healing

Psychedelic Mushrooms: Medicine and Healing

Psychedelic mushrooms have been an integral part of healing throughout human culture for centuries. Because this species of mushrooms, known as psilocybin cubensis, shows such promise with its therapeutic properties, there have been numerous studies conducted over the years. Used for both mystical and medical reasons, psychedelic mushrooms have the power to provide deep restoration to mind, body, and soul. It’s well known that mushrooms provide a unique journey that is unparalleled. There have been numerous studies conducted that highlight this transcendent experience when taking psychedelic mushrooms, with the most famous known as the Good Friday Experiment. This study was the first of many to come that showed the positive effects of mushrooms on the human psyche. Studies that have come after have shown this…and much more. Mushrooms as a Means to Treat Depression Perhaps one of the most beneficial ways mushrooms work on the human mind is the ability they have to help ease depression. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some 350 million people around the world suffer from some sort of depression. And while there have been numerous studies that highlight this proficiency when it comes to treating mental health, a recent study showed just how “magic” these mushrooms really are. In the study, 12 out of 12 people experienced a major decrease in depressive symptoms, with 5 out of 12 being completely healed three months later. Calming Cluster Headaches Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine knows just how painful these headaches can be. Intensify that pain by about one hundred, and you might have an idea of how painful cluster headaches are. They’re so bad that...
Microdosing: A Look into the Growing Trend

Microdosing: A Look into the Growing Trend

According to Albert Hoffman, the infamous scientist who first synthesized LSD, taking the substance in small amounts was something that clarified his thinking. Apparently, the father of this psychedelic substance isn’t the only one who has had similar results. Microdosing, ingesting small amounts of LSD or psilocybin every few days, is something that’s become all the rage in places like Silicon Valley. By doing this, they say their focus and productivity is drastically increased. For those who have taken up microdosing, they compare it to many other “natural” techniques that are used to improve job performance and concentration. Many who want the effects of Adderall and Ritalin but don’t want to take a synthetic prescription medication have turned to microdosing as an alternative. While there have been few clinical studies on microdosing, there are those who have done the some research. David Nutt, a researcher of psychedelics and director of the Center for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, has found remarkable results while performing primary trials on microdosing. Nutt believes that microdosing “may help certain brain areas work in more flexible and expansive ways that might give better outcomes (wired.co.uk).” Those who are incorporating microdosing as a part of their regular routine claim to have these supposably remarkable results. And while there are no clinical studies currently underway, there is a large body of volunteer participants who have been self-medicating since 2010. This self-led study is one conducted by Dr. James Fadiman, who has been researching psychedelics since the 1960s. He has data collected from 125 volunteers already, and results couldn’t be more promising. According to one person who took place in the study, microdosing small...
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