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Substance in Magic Mushrooms can reduce depression

The substance psilocybin, found in dozens of prohibited mushrooms with hallucinogenic effects, may help to treat depression. That is the conclusion of two studies from NYU and Johns Hopkins University, respectively, The New York Times reports. They examined, respectively, 29 and 51 cancer patients, a group that suffers higher than average rates of depression.

The subjects received a capsule with psilocybin. In 80 percent of the cases, the substance showed significant reductions in both anxiety and depression. In some cases, a single dose was still found to be effective up to seven months after administration.

Some drugs with psilocybin are prohibited in the United States and in the Netherlands and can lead to dangerous situations. A number of leading American psychiatrists are now calling for a relaxation of existing rules that would result in legal medical treatment from the studies.

Mystical experience
“A single dose of psilocybin, which is effective for four to six hours, resulted in prolonged reductions in depression and anxiety”, according to researcher Roland Griffiths from Johns Hopkins University.

The patients spoke of a ‘mystical’ experience, a feeling that hallucinogenic mushrooms or ‘magic mushrooms’ are known for. The stronger the experience, the stronger the inhibitory effect on the depression and anxiety. The results were published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology.

This post was taken from www.nu.nl. www.hpdetijd.nl has also written a piece about this.

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