Can magic mushrooms support depression or addiction recovery?

‘Magic’ mushrooms are everywhere and have been a part of just about every culture since time began

Who can forget the stone paintings including the Saharan aboriginal tribes of North Africa? These stone paintings are evidence which confirms the presence – and use of – magic mushrooms from around 9000 B.C.

Some people forage them purely for their pleasurable effects but, for many others, their consumption is an ideal way to gain spiritual insights and knowledge.

According to some reports, eating magic mushrooms even has some therapeutic benefits. Here are some commonly-asked questions…

Are magic mushrooms helpful in managing depression?

The active ingredient present in the magic mushroom – psilocybin – is known across the world for its ‘spiritual’ impact.

But modern neuroscience reveals it could interact with the serotonin receptors in the brain to produce euphoria which can make us feel relaxed and happy.

A few research studies even indicate that magic mushrooms are so effective that they can permanently alleviate the symptoms of depression.

That’s why manufacturers are coming up with a wide array of products so consumers can benefit from their goodness easily and more safely.

Wonder bar chocolate is a great example of a product which blends tasty chocolate with the goodness of psilocybin.

Is psilocybin helpful for smoking cessation and other addictions?

Many of us lead unhealthy lifestyles. And, no matter what you do, there will always be temptation.

Addictions and bad habits can be hard to break, but studies prove psilocybin’s role in treating addictions, such as nicotine and cocaine.

Can magic muhrooms act as a catalyst for the growth of new brain cells?

According to one study, magic mushrooms might help in the growth of new brain cells – i.e. promoting neuron growth.

This particular psychedelic could help increase our brain’s capacity to memorise, learn – or re-learn – specific activities.

Could it have a role to play in cancer-related psychological distress?

Research shows some promising results in which magic mushrooms might have a role to play in overcoming anxiety in people suffering from debilitating conditions such as cancer.

Various anecdotal studies confirm its role in improving quality of life by decreasing episodes of depression and anxiety.

In a nutshell…

Clearly, there are many health benefits of magic mushrooms the wider world may not be aware of.

Besides inducing euphoria, you may be able to use the compound, psilocybin – commonly found in magic mushrooms – to manage your mental health conditions more easily.

Not only that, it may also help some people recover from damaged neurons or brain tissue.

There are lots of options available – creating a plethora of choices when it comes to consumption.

Just be sure to start small and gradually increase the ‘dosage’ to avoid any unwanted side effects.

NB Never consume anything unless you are 100% sure of what it is and its effects. Always do your research and consult a professional medical herbalist or forager if you are planning to harvest mushrooms yourself.

This article is intended as food for thought only and does not replace or negate professional medical advice.

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