Have you heard about Psilocybin Mushrooms? Or perhaps the term ‘Magic Mushrooms’ is more familiar? I’m sure you’ve all seen some of the psychedelic images portrayed around this quite ordinary looking special little shroom.
There have been a lot of claims going around about this particular group of mushrooms, and it has been quite a discussion amongst experts and researchers as to whether they can contribute to a positive or a negative effect on people's health - or not.
Let’s take a look at some facts here.
According to Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Psilocybin or ‘magic mushrooms’ are known for their hallucinogenic effects. They belong to a group of drugs known as psychedelics because of the changes experienced to perception, mood and thought.
And guess what?
The key ingredient found in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, is a chemical that can help alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction if used in a specific setting, dosage, and under medical supervision. Quite astounding.
In fact, a team of Dutch Researchers also claimed that the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms doesn’t just help alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction, but it also increases a person’s creativity, empathy, and feeling of well-being, allowing the user to experience all of the benefits for up to seven days.
The discovery is deemed a revolutionary scientific breakthrough, as it may help a lot of people suffering from mental disorders find a cure.
Another piece of good news is...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to test psilocybin therapy in patients with treatment-resistant depression. Imagine how many people with mental health issues (i.e. Depression, ADHD, PTSD, etc) can be treated if ‘magic mushrooms’ passes approval and goes live in public!
However, despite the positive claims from experts and ‘possible’ positive effects that ‘magic mushrooms’ can contribute to our mental health, it is still illegal in most countries, especially in the US.
In fact, ‘magic mushrooms’ are listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal to cultivate or possess for personal consumption or distribution.
Because despite the ‘possible’ positive effects ‘magic mushrooms’ can contribute to our mental health, it also has a hidden negative short and long term effects.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), psilocybin-containing mushrooms can distort the user's capacity to recognize reality, think rationally and communicate.
Although the user will experience an enjoyable and mentally stimulating experience at a short period of time (7 days maximum) - some report having a sense of heightened understanding - it can also produce terrifying thoughts and feelings resulting in fear of losing control, insanity, or even death.
If you have loved ones or friends who are experiencing mental health issues, would you use ‘magic mushrooms’ as an option to help them alleviate the pain of mental health?
At the end of the day, the decision is yours, and theirs, to make. It is however one that we see more and more choose to trust the potential benefits vs risks.
Let us know your opinion in the comments below.