Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, used to be extensively researched until the 1970s. After that point, the active ingredient in the mushrooms, the compound that supplies the psychotropic effects, has been included into the list of controlled substances in the USA as well as in many countries around the world, a process that has temporarily discontinued research activities as well. Scientific interest towards magic mushrooms have taken off at the beginning of the 21st century so much that today there are multiple, simultaneous research programs conducted into the effects and medical potential of psychedelic mushroom spores. Here are some interesting things that you should know about how magic mushrooms are researched today:
- Genetic mapping – this research direction is important not only in the case of magic mushrooms, but also in the case of all mushrooms, especially toxic ones. Having accurate information about the genetic structure of mushrooms can help in the case of mushroom intoxications and can be very useful one developing antitoxins.
- The benefits of micro doses – one of the most important directions for research pertaining to psylocibe mushrooms is studying the health benefits of administering the active compound in doses that are a fraction of a normal dose. What researchers have concluded so far is that such micro doses have a wide variety of health benefits without inducing an altered state of mind. The benefits recorded so far include almost instant improvements for sufferers of mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.