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What You Need to Know About Magic Mushrooms And Depression

Tripping on magic mushrooms may come with some mental health benefits. On Thursday, two separate studies found impressive effects of the psychedelic drug psilocybin on people with cancer. They found that the drug substantially reduced feelings of depression and anxiety, and the effects from a single dose lasted for six months.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The lead author of this study was my college roommate.  Not all the subjects had the same positive experiences, which is why a trained  attendant is with them during the initial part of the experiment.  Recent MRI data indicates that increased spirituality increases the dopamine reward system that suggests the mode of action of the drug may be long term activation of that reward system.  How long is long term is anyone’s guess.

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