A Wonder Drug for Positive Mental and Physical Health Benefits
Magic mushroom, infamous for producing colorful hallucinations when consumed in small quantities because of the presence of psilocybin may hold the cure for many chronic mental disorders.
Some evidences have surfaced that claim that small amount of psilocybin can be helpful in relieving the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, cluster headaches and depression. If all of this is true, then it has all the potential to be the wonder drug that can save on an average 18 American veterans who commit suicide every day because of depression and other psychological conditions.
According to researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, the psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may develop positive mental and physical health benefits that can even last up to a year. Going by the outcome of the research, just the right amount of the substance found in magic mushroom may impart positive attitude, mood, and increased level of happiness as published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychopharmacology. The researchers also alleged that it does not cause any known negative side effects.
A Research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry observed that volunteers who took psilocybin experienced enhanced recall. Another research published in the National Academy of Sciences showed that the drug has the ability to slow down the activity in the centers of the brain which is helpful for treating hyperactive people or people suffering from depression.
A similar study conducted at The University of South Florida found that low doses of psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms is helpful in repairing brain damage caused by extreme trauma. This has offered a renewed light of hope for millions of people suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). There was also a study conducted at Imperial College London that just seems to confirm both the above research.
The research showed that psilocybin, a naturally occurring compound in mushrooms has unusual property to stimulate the growth of new brain cell and erases frightening memories. The low dose of psilocybin helps to overcome “fear conditioning”. According to an estimate there are more than 13 million people in America suffering from PTSD at any given point of time. The condition is more common among combat veterans. Women are twice likely to develop PTSD since they tend to experience more of personal violence like domestic violence, rape and abuse. The study also concluded that low doses of psilocybin have no consciousness state altering effects. That means if it is administered in the right amount it can safely treat PTSD with little or no risk of adverse affect.
Magic Mushroom can help millions recover from debilitating cycles of fight and flight and other biological response disorder resulted out of extreme trauma. However it isn’t used medically since it is listed as dangerous Schedule 1 drug without any medical benefits. Ironically doctors are authorized to use many powerful drugs that are laden with side effects while treating army veterans and many other suffering from the symptoms of PTSD without adequate evidence to support that these treatments actually work.