One recent research performed at the Imperial College in London proved that magic mushrooms or otherwise known as psilocybin can be actually used instead of antidepressants in a period of 5 years.
The research center on this college is the first one of its kind. It’s a psychedelic research center that made many different researches to happen in order to prove this interesting discovery. One also specific research performed by the John Hopkins University claims that people who suffered from an emotional trauma can experience great benefits from fungi because they are full of natural psilocybin compared to the psilocybin found in any chemical drug.
These mushrooms are illegal in many countries. The research included 60 participants who had moderate or severe type of depression. They were all given psilocybin or placebo as well as a therapy session conducted by a clinical psychologist. No one knew who was given placebo and who was given the real psilocybin.
An antidepressant called escitalopram is the one that’s being compared to the effects psilocybin offers. It’s a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It’s one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressant. People who are using it claim that it makes them feel blunted. It suppressed their positive as well as their negative emotions. People who used psilocybin claim that they started feeling kind of reconnected and managed to release their own emotions.
The psychedelics’ effects on the brain caused by the psilocybin were also tested with the help of an MRI. Escitalopram showed two times more side-effects than the psilocybin. It acted faster than the drug.
Still, we need to be aware that not everyone can use this therapy. People who use psychosis regulators will probably need to be tested first, even though researchers claim that almost everyone can use these mushrooms. They are claimed to be the safest recreational drug ever! Now, doctors claim that in 5 or 10 years, they will be a completely licensed therapy!
However, we know that the great pharmaceutical companies will find this disturbing. How will they be able to sell more Prozac instead of the magic mushrooms? With every year, the demand for medicines against anxiety as well as antidepressants rises more and more.
Researchers now firmly believe that fungi can take over the place of antidepressants in 5 years’ time. It is only a possibility, but it exists. They will be good for some people, but bad for others. They will certainly be bad for the great pharmaceutical companies. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for us.