It took decades, but we are finally living in a world where marijuana and its medical effects are no longer a taboo. A lot of countries have made it completely legal and even more use it for medicinal purposes. Now, some people are wondering about the potential of other substances that are currently illegal.
Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms. As a hallucinogen, it has quick mind-altering effects.
But can psilocybin treat anxiety and depression? That’s what we’ll try to answer in this article.
Anxiety is an everyday reality for many people. Various studies indicate that people can use psilocybin and similar substances to alleviate anxiety.
The Concept of Microdosing
Magic mushroom trips are often defined as life-changing. People experience reality shifts, the ability to “smell” colors, “see” sounds, and they have various visual hallucinations.
But what if we would take psilocybin in smaller doses?
There aren’t any radical shifts in your perception of reality when you take tiny doses. You might feel small changes, like seeing brighter colors, but there are no hallucinations.
At the same time, the effect of euphoria and calmness is still present. You’ll also feel that you’re more creative and less anxious.
The concept is called micro-dosing.
It simply means that you use controlled doses at certain times to feel the “positive” effects only.
How Psilocybin Can Help With Anxiety and Depression
Psychedelics like psilocybin weren’t studied for a long time. However, recent studies have shown that micro-dosing can improve both convergent and divergent thinking. These ways of thinking are connected to problem-solving abilities and creativity.
There’s also evidence for the potential for treating PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Many studies focused on ketamine and psilocybin confirmed that both substances could reduce anxiety.
The serotonergic system can be crucial in treating depression and anxiety. There’s also evidence that psilocybin reduces amygdala activity, which, in turn, reduces anxiety and fear.
Is Micro-dosing Safe?
There is no evidence of side effects or dangers related to micro-dosing psilocybin. Many people have used magic mushrooms in small doses on an ongoing basis for a short period. And they say that it relaxes their mind and brings peace.
A big survey done globally has analyzed data of 200,000 people. The experimental group used psilocybin, and the control group didn’t. The results showed that people who never used psychedelics reported higher rates of depression and suicidal thoughts.
More Research, More Benefits
Can psilocybin treat anxiety? Yes. Just a decade ago, there was no research whatsoever to suggest that was the case.
However, new data indicates there are positive effects and potential for further scientific discoveries. Many people already micro-dose and report positive results.
We’re excited to see what future research will show as there are more studies each year on these substances.
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