Psilocybin, the active ingredient found in Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, has been found to help depressed individuals through its remarkable and mysterious impact on the brain. New research conducted by British scientists seems to shed new light on how psilocybin is able to help with the treatment of depression and anxiety, as evidenced by multiple research studies conducted in the past few years.
The research, organized by the Centre for Psychedelic Research at London’s Imperial College, involved brain scans taken from 60 people and may have discovered the illusive process through which psilocybin affects the brain in such a positive way. These results show how psilocybin-assisted therapy may be correlated with an “opening up” effect that involves up to 3 weeks of positive results following the one-time administration of Psilocybin during a therapy session.
The curious part of the research is that these effects were not observed in patients who were given conventional therapeutic treatments that did not involve the use of psilocybin. This fact suggests that psilocybin may work very differently when compared to regular antidepressants.
The effect of “opening up” that was revealed in the scans seems to be consistent across all observed studies, with the improvements entailing lower levels of measured depression and anxiety seeming to be brought about by an altered connectivity between different regions of the brain. Researchers have pointed out that there is an increase in communication between regions that are normally separated and inactivated in people with depression. A clear correlation has been found between this effect and the improving symptoms in the patients who took part in the studies.
Although the data is still being analyzed, and the authors of the studies point out the dangers in the unregulated use of psilocybin, there is also great promise that this research could open the door to further breakthroughs and insights into how exactly psilocybin might be used as a therapeutic drug in future years.
Scientists from the Imperial Centre for Psychedelic Research pointed out that relevant knowledge of the unique (and until now, unknown) mechanism by which psilocybin can alter brain chemistry could further help with breaking down negative thinking patterns more easily and with the effective treatment of other mental problems such as anorexia nervosa or drug addiction.
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