Psilocybe cubensis or magic mushrooms are infamous for their psychedelic effects. Many people consume them for recreational purposes, despite the fact that it is illegal. However, doctors are studying magic mushroom spores (which is legal) and the effects of psychedelic microdosing in order to find new ways of treating challenging conditions, such as depression.
Some patients do not experience any improvement using the currently available medication. However, there are positive signals that the Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms could help.
Here is what doctors observed in several studies:
- Magic Mushrooms May Increase Neuroplasticiy
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form new neural connections. This is considered as an essential method of treating depression, anxiety, PTSD and other similar conditions. And several compounds found in magic mushrooms appear to induce or increase neuroplasticity.
- Spiritual Elevation Gets Patient Out of the Vicious Cycle of Depression
Depression is accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, a bleak outlook on future and low self-esteem. In turn, these sensations exacerbate the depressive state. This is a vicious cycle which doctors hope to break with the use of magic mushrooms. They create spiritual experiences which lead to a more positive attitude, a sense of openness and a happier mood.
- Magic Mushrooms Can Enhance the Effects of Depression Treatments
A study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine found that psilocybin (the main compound of magic mushrooms) can boost the effect of depression treatments. Under the supervision of medical providers, some patients experienced benefits of psychedelic microdosing even one year after they received only two doses of psilocybin.