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Psilocybin Trials Help Depression

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Psilocybin follows weeds lead

While mayoral candidate Kevin Saunders pushes for the legalization of magic mushrooms, a recent study has shown psilocybin can cure depression without causing numbness.

Testing the effects of magic mushrooms on the brain, Imperial College London took MRI scans of 20 patient’s brains before and after using psilocybin. The research focuses on the amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates emotional responses.

‘I felt so much lighter, like something had been released, it was an emotional purging, the weight and anxiety and depression had been lifted,” a patient said to Metro. The article points out that antidepressants such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) increase levels of serotonin in the brain, but most antidepressants causes numbness, a robotic feeling that patients detest.

Robin Carhart-Harris, who leads the research told The Guardian that, “Depression is such a major problem and it’s not being treated effectively at the moment. A lot of patients aren’t seeing results with traditional antidepressants.” Carhart-Harris predicted that psilocybin could become a legal medicine within the next five years. To make all magic mushroom doses standard and safe, it should be made in pill form, reports The Guardian.

 

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