Magic Mushrooms for the Treatment of Depression, PTSD, and other Mental Health Issues
According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the most widespread mental illnesses worldwide. More than 264 million people globally suffer from the major depressive disorder (MDD). Studies show that MDD affects around 16 million adults in the U.S. each year.
Depression is considered a leading cause of disability in the world today. Long-lasting depression with moderate to severe symptoms typically has an effect on the sufferer’s ability to perform day-to-day activities and successfully function at school, work, and relationships.
Lastly, severe depression often leads to suicide. Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world every year. What is particularly worrying, studies show that the young population is particularly vulnerable to depression and suicide. Research indicates that suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people 15 to 29 years old.
Although serious, depression is also a treatable mental health condition. There are effective treatments for depression and other mental health disorders available today. While most therapy approaches are traditional, other treatment options involve novel interventions based on recent research, such as psilocybin therapy for depression.
What are Magic Mushrooms?
Magic mushrooms are wild or cultivated mushrooms that contain psilocybin. Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance obtained from more than 200 types of mushrooms. The most famous Magic Mushroom is Psilocybe Mexicana. Psilocybin has been in use since ancient times. People have been using magic mushrooms for different medical and spiritual purposes.
Magic Mushrooms are not addictive, when you ingest psilocybin it is rapidly metabolized into psilocin, a chemical analog of serotonin. As a result, you experience feelings of sensory distortion and euphoria, characteristic of hallucinogenic drugs.
Recent studies and clinical trials show that psilocybin has promising results in the treatment of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health issues.
Growing Magic Mushrooms at Home
It is very easy to grow magic mushrooms at home, even if you lack any mushroom growing experience. There are many cultivation methods available, easiest is to buy a magic mushroom grow kit or a set of pre-sterilized mushroom grow bags. Ready to use mushroom grow bags are sterilized mushroom substrate to which you add spores to start growing. Most mushroom grow kits are already made with a fertile sterilized mushroom substrate and you buy spores from a different supplier.
Some magic mushrooms grow kits have trays or tubs, each of which provides multiple flushes of mushrooms in a matter of weeks, enough for medical micro-dosing that will help alleviate your anxiety, depression, or PTSD symptoms.
You can order a sterilized substrate and magic mushroom grow kit right here, our Simplified Mushroom Grow Kit.
Research of Psilocybin Effects on Depression
Some people suffer from depression symptoms that don’t improve regardless of the treatment (antidepressants and/or psychotherapy). This is known as treatment-resistant depression. In treatment-resistant depression, standard treatments are not enough, but research-supported information suggests the benefits of psilocybin micro-dosing in the treatment of depression.
A study of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression that was conducted on 16 patients with treatment-resistant depression showed fast and lasting antidepressant effects when treated with magic mushrooms.
This clinical trial that used fMRI found that micro-doses of psilocybin may cause changes in activity levels in the temporal cortex and the amygdala, the brain structures that play a key role in depression. In other words, psilocybin treats depression by increasing emotional sensitivity. This is the opposite of how effective antidepressants should work. Nevertheless, the researchers found that the intensity of such increased response to negative stimuli was correlated with greater improvement of depression symptoms.
Many study participants reported that micro-doses of psilocybin encouraged emotional confrontation with painful experiences, in contrast to earlier treatments that reinforced emotional disconnection.
The Long-Term Benefits of Magic Mushrooms
In some trials, one dose of psilocybin was enough to permanently alleviate symptoms of depression. If your struggle with life-long or treatment-resistant depression, psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy may be the solution. Psilocybin micro-dosing has proven to help people who suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental illnesses untie themselves from self-destructive thinking patterns that are common for these mental illnesses.
The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recognized psilocybin-assisted therapy as “breakthrough therapy” in the treatment of major depressive disorder. This means that the FDA is now helping to fast-track the research of psilocybin-based treatment and to approve magic mushrooms depression treatment
You can fast track your personal path to micro-dosing Magic mushrooms with a grow kit from APN.