It's like, far out man.
How many people have ever experienced psychedelics in their lives? It's quite an amazing experience if used properly to expand your horizons.
In fact it's beautiful, and it's something that words simply cannot describe.
The euphoria however isn't the only benefit from using such mind-expanding hallucinogenic natural treatments; and according to new research using Magic Mushrooms (psilocybin) has health benefits that effectively <i>reboot the brain</i>.
For decades it's been the opinion and argument of Psychologists that such psychedelics offer ways to heal the brain as well as emotional suffering such as depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and now it seems that society has began to accept such ideals as fact since the science is now able to prove it.
Key circuits of the brain that that play a role in depression for example can be <i>reset</i> by using those psychedelics, and it's visible on images of patient's brains.
20 individual patients with what's considered as treatment-resistant depression were given two doses of psilocybin (10 mg and 25 mg), with the second dose given to them a week after the first.
Of these, 19 underwent initial brain imaging and then a second scan one day after the high dose treatment.
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Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, who's taken the lead of all psychedelic research at Imperial recently operated a study on the effects of these psychedelics.
In her word Dr. Harris published the following:
<blockquote>“We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.</blockquote>
<blockquote>“Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted’.</blockquote>
<blockquote>“Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.”</blockquote>
In fact, whole-brain cerebral blood flow maps for baseline versus one-day post-treatment show that there is indeed a change that takes place when patients are given psilocybin.
Immediately following such treatment with the psychedelics it could be noticed that patients were reporting a major decrease in depression as well as both stress relief and pain reduction.
That's fascinating to witness says the research team, who now believes that these psychedelics offer medical benefits that could save lives and ease the stress of individuals who are suffering.
Not only do the findings show an increase in health benefits from the usage of psychedelics but also give scientists a window to understand exactly how the psilocybin in this case works for the brain.
According The Imperial College researchers, acknowledging that the significance of their results is limited by the small sample sizes and the absence of both control and placebo groups for their comparison.
They also stress that it would be dangerous for those patients with depression to attempt to self-medicate without a proper diagnosis of what would be necessary for their individual usages by a doctor.
Professor David Nutt, who's Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology unit in the division of brain sciences, and also a Senior author of the paper, said that, “Larger studies are needed to see if this positive effect can be reproduced in more patients. But these initial findings are exciting and provide another treatment avenue to explore.”
The authors currently plan to test psilocybin against leading market antidepressants in a trial set to start early next year.
The researchers not only believe that these natural substances are more beneficial than current prescriptions on the market but that they're actually safer as well.
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