Psilocybin: Magic mushroom compound ‘promising’ for depression

Rachel Schraer reports for the BBC: “Dr Carhart-Harris said that after psychedelic therapy, participants reported feeling ‘recalibrated, reset like …

Psilocybin: Magic mushroom compound ‘promising’ for depression

Psilocybin, a psychedelic drug found in magic mushrooms, is as effective at reducing symptoms of depression as conventional treatment, a small, early-stage trial of 59 people has found.

But when it comes to actively improving people’s well-being and ability to feel pleasure, the psychedelic drug may have had a more powerful effect.

Those taking part in Imperial College London’s Centre for Psychedelic Research’s trial were given either psilocybin or a common antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Dr Carhart-Harris who led the trial, told BBC World News that although more research needs to be done, in the future psilocybin could be added to the toolkit clinicians use to treat depression. 

The scientists involved in the trial have warned against people trying to self-medicate.

Published by Rochdalestu

I’m a 38 year old male who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have found it as a new chapter in my life that has opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on myself and everything around me.

4 thoughts on “Psilocybin: Magic mushroom compound ‘promising’ for depression

    1. It is a long time coming. It is subjective but the substance is a tool, that if used correctly, can open up more doors than you could possibly imagine. Just as a microscope is used to see tiny organisms, the scientists don’t sit there with their eye glued to the lens. They gather the information and work from there on it.

      Also, the admissions of well known philosophers, musicians and artists who have produced some of their best work whilst under the influence of the drug, is an example the positive impact it has

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    1. I’ve been in the situation were you do literally just need a little help to get over the wall in front of you. I’ve walked to the local shop before but been unable to go in, things like that. I hope that this will be the ‘leg up’ to get over the wall you face.

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