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Magic mushrooms & LSD can cure depression – study

A new study reveals the similarity between the way our brain works while sleeping, and when we’re tripping on psychedelic drugs. What’s more, LSD and magic mushrooms could act as a cure from depression or boost creativity.

With the help of some hallucinogenic drugs and some willing volunteers – someone’s got to suffer for science – an international team of scientists from Germany, the UK and Argentina have published their experimental findings online in the ‘Human Brain Mapping’ journal Wednesday. The study reveals patterns similar to dreaming in the way human brain reacts to hallucinogenic mushrooms, as well as LSD.

The key ingredient of magic mushrooms is the psychedelic chemical psilocybin. Its mind-expanding effects have long attracted scientists’ attention, but it wasn’t until now that physical changes in the brain have been detected.

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris from Imperial College, London, a co-author of the study, said he was“fascinated” by the results: “People often describe taking psilocybin as producing a dreamlike state and our findings have, for the first time, provided a physical representation for the experience in the brain.”

According to the scientists, taking psychedelic drugs is not only about rainbow-colored geometrical pictures popping up in the mind. Its effects on the brain not only cause changes in primitive areas of the brain linked to emotions and memory, but also tend to make people do less high-level thinking, and feel less self-conscious. All in all, brain activity becomes more disjointed and uncoordinated, immersing those experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs into a vivid, dreamlike state.

The study’s lead author, Dr Enzo Tagliazucchi from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, said: “A good way to understand how the brain works is to perturb the system in a marked and novel way. Psychedelic drugs do precisely this and so are powerful tools for exploring what happens in the brain when consciousness is profoundly altered.”

To study the way magic mushrooms influence the biology of the brain, the researchers conducted a series of experiments involving 15 volunteers in London in 2012. In the research, which also involved placebos, after the participants were injected with psilocybin, they were examined in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner.

Within the framework of the study, the scientists introduced entropy, borrowed from physics, where it is used to measure the range or randomness of a system. In their work they implemented this notion to different parts of the brain while in a psychedelic state. Their findings were staggering: Computer analyses showed the volunteers could experience a much larger range of potential brain states.

The fascination with magic mushrooms relies on their ability to expand consciousness. But they could also act as a medical cure. Dr. Carhart-Harris said: ” We are currently studying the effect of LSD on creative thinking and we will also be looking at the possibility that psilocybin may help alleviate symptoms of depression by allowing patients to change their rigidly pessimistic patterns of thinking.”

Magic mushrooms, causing hallucinations and sending people since ancient times tripping, can be found in the wild or grown quite easily. Since ancient times, they have been used (and abused) for religious rites, recreation and getting off one’s face.

This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. 

  • Rafa

    Mescaline may be even more effective as a treatment for depression. I conducted a study (n=1) back when I was 16, and after a few sessions found my chronic childhood depression completely cured. Without it, there is too high a probability that I would have exited stage 1. Of course, my n was absurdly small, and I had no control group, no double-blind set-up, etc, but it’s always seemed this should be investigated further. In fact mescaline was prescribed in the ’50′s as a treatment for heroin addiction, though I don’t recall the details.

    • John Titor

      Mescaline is indeed an excellent teacher under the right circumstances,but is virtually impossible to acquire in 99% of the World.Psilocybin can be home grown easily using the PF TEK method (it`s on youtube) and the effect is identical.

  • jijeu

    why are you so-called patriots pushing mindcontrol drugs, addiction- fueled zombies in a nation so full of unaware, sedated, clueless citizens who will be easier neutered than ever? what is your real agenda? CIA brought narcotics into the country in the 1960′s as a mass control device. Why do you promote this? Not buying any of it.

    • Pop_Korn

      Mind expansion is a good thing.

    • Rafael Espericueta

      Psychedelics are not narcotics. They are illegal precisely because they help people break conditioned habits, and see things in new ways. This tends to result in a mind less susceptible to propaganda, a mind less controllable. The CIA experiments with psychedelics revealed them to be the opposite of “mind-control” drugs.

      • Crak

        Bullcrap bimbo. They are MIND ALTERING, ADDICTIVE sedators of consciousness

        • Rafael Espericueta

          They are not at all addicting, and they are not depressants, nor are they “uppers”. You don’t have to remain ignorant, please learn something new!

    • John Titor

      Instead of swallowing drug war propaganda,why don`t you find out for yourself?Take the ‘hero dose’ (5 grams) of psilocybin containing mushrooms and go for a walk in the forest by yourself.I guarantee you`ll return a much improved person.At the very least,you`ll understand why the elites don`t want you experimenting with them.

      • FlowerPower

        Its the ELITE that runs ALL of the narc sales – to fund their black ops and covert wars. Without Afghan opium the banks are finished.
        BTW-I dont need to try them. Close friend died from his addiction to them. The drug/pharma campaign part of the NWO plan to subjugate useless idiots like yourselves. Citizens trippin out on LSD WILL NOT be fighting any govt tyranny, they’ll be looking for the next fix. Which is why the CIA and Sandoz Labs dropped this garbage onto us to begin with. Gary Webb exposed how they bussed it into inner city black hoods in the ’80s and hippie ‘mind expansion’ communes in the ’60′s — and for what purpose, to neuter the gullible assholes trying to be ‘cool’. Webb quickly assassinated. So dingbats? Keep pushing the CIA/NWO Tavistock Masonic agenda with your ignorant bullshit to enslave the zombies, who will glorify their own demise ala Huxley. A stoned Slave is a controlled slave… What a bunch of dumb airheads.

        • John Titor

          We`re talking about shroons you fucking idiot,not pcp.Folks have been taking shroons for thousands of years to experience ego death/transcendence.You are a waste of oxygen over and out.

    • James

      If anything,psychedelic medicine has the opposite effect of mind control,namely it frees minds.There is no point in trying to explain it to someone who hasn`t tried them.It would be like explaining ice to a mosquito or clouds to a fish.