People often refer to psychedelic mushrooms as “shrooms” or “magic mushrooms” as they can cause a person who consumes them to hallucinate for an extended period of time.
Essentially, they are a naturally grown plant, just like marijuana, that has been banned by the U.S. Government for quite some time now.
However, these mushrooms in particular could be proven to have some of the most astonishing medical properties we have yet to see.
Research that was gathered from the University of South Florida has shown that psilocybin, the component found within these psychedelic mushrooms, has the ability to grow new brain cells.
This offers a lot of potential for the medical world and the progression in treating mental illnesses and even improving a persons cognitive functionality.
Something that we should be exploring more and more as we find out these properties are able to do these amazing feats for mankind.
As the research was published in Experimental Brain Research, claims that the psilocybin is capable of binding itself to special receptors located in the brain that are responsible for stimulating healing and growth.
This means that the mushrooms are able to assist in brain cell growth. The research compiled after testing the psilocybin in mice, it was actually able to help fix damaged brain cells and even cure/relieve PTSD as well as depression.
Dr. Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos, lead researcher of the study at the University, has tested the effects of psilocybin in mice by training them to fear getting electrically shocked when they hear a certain noise that has been associated with the electric shock.
In which the psilocybin given to some of the mice were able to react a lot faster to the noise-trigger than the mice who were not given the component of the mushroom. Dr. Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos states this in concern of the study:
“The proposition that psilocybin impacts cognition and stimulates hippocampal neurogenesis is based on extensive evidence that serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) acting on specific 5-HT receptor sub-types (most likely the 5-HT2A receptor) is involved in the regulation of neurogenesis in hippocampus. The in vitro and in vivo animal data is compelling enough to explore whether psilocybin will enhance neurogenesis and result in measurable improvements in learning.”
There is still much we have to learn about these effects and how they can possibly benefit us in the future of medical science, but now we are faced with the problem of this drug being illegal in the first place.
People who tamper with mushrooms should be aware of the still strict laws that encompass it’s practice. Be careful, and never stop being curious!