Psilocybin is a psychedelic drug that we can find in different types of mushrooms. These mushrooms are called in village slang ‘magic mushrooms’, ‘hallucinogenic mushrooms’ or ‘magic mushrooms’. Psilocybin is a compound belonging to the tryptamine family, a chemical similar to serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation, appetite, and other physiological processes.
When consuming psilocybin, it is metabolized into psilocin, which binds to serotonin receptors in the brain, especially in the prefrontal cortex. This causes alterations in perception, thought and manner; Hence its psychedelic and hallucinogenic properties.
“Magic mushrooms” have a long history of use in various cultures for spiritual and medicinal purposes. Recent research with psilocybin has shown promising results in the treatment of different mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety and addiction. However, psilocybin is a controlled substance in many countries and its use carries certain risks, especially if it is used without medical care.
What are hallucinogenic mushrooms?
“Magic mushrooms” is a common name used to describe mushrooms that contain psychoactive substances, such as psilocybin and psilocin. The use of these drugs can produce profound changes in perception, thinking and behavior. Magic mushrooms include a wide variety of mushrooms, including some species from the genera Psilocybe, Panaeolo, and Copelandia.
The consumption of hallucinogenic mushrooms produces different effects in intensity and duration, depending on the dose, individual sensitivity and environment. They can cause anything from mild changes in perception and mood to profound changes in consciousness, including hallucinations, mystical experiences, and altered sense of time and space.
In some cultures, magic mushrooms have been used for centuries for spiritual and medicinal purposes, and recent research has shown promising results in treating conditions such as refractory depression.
The sale, distribution and marketing of magic mushrooms is prohibited in many countries around the world. Their use carries health risks, especially if they are used without medical care. Although it is not included among the most addictive drugs in the world, it is important to know the dangers of consuming magic mushrooms.
Effects of Psilocybin
The effects of psilocybin vary depending on a number of factors, such as dose, individual sensitivity, and environment. In many cases, psilocybin and psilocin are the main effects.
However, we emphasize that psilocybin is an illegal substance in many countries and should only be used under medical supervision or in controlled environments. Its consumption can have unpredictable effects and cause adverse reactions, especially in people with a history of mental health problems. Do not use hallucinogenic mushrooms on your own, as it can be dangerous.
The medicinal potential of psilocybin
There is growing interest in psilocybin’s therapeutic potential, particularly in the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. In fact, psilocybin has recently been approved for the treatment of depression in Australia.
One of the reasons that psilocybin can be effective for treating mental health issues is that it can produce deep experiences of understanding, transcendence, and connection that can help gain new perspectives on issues and foster a greater sense of self-confidence. Psilocybin therapy is assisted by the administration of a controlled dose of the drug in a prescribed setting, often with psychotherapy.
In recent clinical trials, psilocybin-assisted therapy was found to produce a rapid and sustained reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety, with effects lasting several weeks to months after a single dose. Psilocybin has also shown potential in the treatment of addiction, with some studies suggesting that it may help people overcome nicotine dependence or alcoholism.
Current psychedelic state there
Although psychedelic therapies (MDMA, psilocybin, etc.) can offer good results, it should be borne in mind that psilocybin is a controlled substance in many countries and should only be used under medical supervision. More research is needed to better understand the therapeutic potential of psilocybin and to develop safe and effective treatment protocols. The current status of therapeutic use of psilocybin is as follows.