Psilocybin mushrooms might just be the “next best thing” in holistic healing and wellness.
Also known as “magic mushrooms”, there are more than 200 types of mushrooms with psychoactive properties.
These mushrooms have been used ceremonially for thousands of years in various parts of the world but only recently the Western world has encountered its tremendous healing effects, both medical as well as psychological and emotional.
There are more and more studies out there which are proving that psilocybin mushrooms are far from what the government considers them to be – a “Schedule 1” drug, addictive and harmful.
Here are some of the most important health benefits psilocybin mushrooms can offer you:
Psilocybin Mushrooms Health Benefit #1 – Stimulates Growth Of New Brain Cells
A study conducted by the University of South Florida and published in 2013 studied the effects of psilocybin mushrooms on fear-conditioned mice.
What they discovered startled them.
The main ingredient in psilocybin mushrooms, psilocybin, empowered the mice to get over their fear and promoted new neurons growth and regeneration in their brains.
The study leader, Dr. Briony Catlow of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development had a few things to declare after this study:
“Memory, learning, and the ability to relearn that a once threatening stimuli is no longer a danger absolutely depends on the ability of the brain to alter its connections. We
believe that neuroplasticity plays a critical role in psilocybin accelerating fear extinction.
“It is highly possible that in the future we will continue these studies since many interesting questions have come up from these experiments. The hope is that we can extend the findings to humans in clinical trials.
We all go through rejection from time to time, right? It is a natural process when it comes to interacting with other individuals.
A study performed by a team of Swiss neurobiologists, published in April 2016, stated that psilocybin is of great help in reducing the pain resulting from social rejection.
Psilocybin Mushrooms Health Benefit #3 – Alleviates OCD Symptoms
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (also known as OCD) is a psychiatric disorder which is occurring especially in patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and other psychiatric ailments.
A study performed by the University of Arizona in 2006 discovered that psilocybin mushrooms are very effective in alleviating the symptoms of this disorder.
Psilocybin Mushrooms Health Benefit #4 – Soothes Anxiety
In a 2011 study, researchers discovered that advanced-stage patients suffering from cancer would have their anxiety soothed and drastically lowered after being administered psilocybin mushrooms.
Psilocybin Mushrooms Health Benefit #5 – Lowers Depression
Studies have shown that psilocybin mushrooms are effective at treating depression very effectively, as well as treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
There was a famous study done at Johns Hopkins University which left researchers stunned.
Out of 36 test subjects, a third said that their experience was the most significant (spiritual) experience of their lives, while over two thirds stated that it was definitely in their top five most significant life experiences.
Here is what Dr. Roland Griffiths from Johns Hopkins University has to say about the healing power of psilocybin mushrooms:
“Psilocybin is an amazing tool for unlocking the mysteries of human consciousness. The core feature of this mystical experience is a strong sense of inter-connectedness to all things, a rising sense of self-confidence, clarity and communal responsibility, altruism and social justice. Understanding the nature of these effects and their consequences, may very well be the key to survival of the human species.”
Psilocybin Mushrooms Health Benefit #7 – Connecting The Brain In New Ways
Functional MRIs performed during the psychedelic experience induced by psilocybin mushrooms suggest that these “magic mushrooms” wire different parts of the brain together, facilitating a much smoother communication between its various parts.
The study was published in the Royal Society Interface and the images look like this.
Research is only starting to (timidly) grasp the immense healing potential of these magic mushrooms. In the future we will definitely witness more and more examples of medical and wellness applications for this ancient medicine.