Depression could be lifted by Magic Mushrooms, according to new research

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Psilocybe semilanceata, aka the magic mushhrom. Images via Wikimedia Commons

Psilocybe semilanceata, aka the magic mushhrom. Images via Wikimedia Commons

“Magic mushrooms could be used to cure treatment-resistant depression according to trailblazing results obtained by a team at Imperial College London. Twelve patients in the pilot trial were administered psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, and eight of these had a reduction in symptoms a week after dosing, with seven of the eight being in remission from depression at this point.

These extraordinary results fly in the face of the commonly held belief that magic mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs are more likely to trigger mental illness than cure it. And it is a class A psychedelic drug after all so can it really have medical benefits?” ……. Read More at The Canary.