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PSILOCYBIN BENEFITS BY THE MUSHROOM SPORE STORE
Psilocybin is a Naturally Occurring Psychoactive Substance Found in So-Called “Magic” Mushrooms.
While this strain of mushroom remains illegal in the U.S. and other western countries, the past decade has a seen a marked increase in medical research of this psychedelic. Medical professionals are quickly finding out that psilocybin has several therapeutic applications. This is why today we are going to take a further look into this research and the many benefits that can lead psilocybin to eventually become accepted as a therapeutic aid.
It is worth noting that psilocybin mushrooms are illegal in the U.S. and other countries, but psilocybin mushroom spores are currently legal.
PSILOCYBIN RESEARCH IN THE 90S PAVES THE WAY FOR MODERN CLINICAL STUDIES
Following a long period with little to no research, psilocybin research slowly began picking up during the mid to late 1990s. Director of Neurophsychopharmacology, Dr. Franz Vollenweider, started conducting studies with small groups to better understand the neurological mechanisms of psilocybin. His work continues to explore the potential benefits psilocybin offers to people with mood disorders and distress for cancer patients, as well as addiction.
Psychopharmacologist Roland Griffiths published an article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology to discuss the ability of psilocybin to bring about spiritual experiences for individuals. Two thirds of his participants actually said their experience with psilocybin was one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives.
Since his study in 2006, Johns Hopkins has participated in a number of newer studies featuring psilocybin. Now let’s take a look at some of the benefits associated with psilocybin. Most of these benefits have been uncovered in the past 10-15 years.
PSILOCYBIN SHOWS GREAT PROMISE AS AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION
During his work for Johns Hopkins, Griffiths conducted a study using psilocybin on nicotine-addicted patients. After administering two to three doses of psilocybin during cognitive behavioral therapy, Griffiths found that 80% of these patients were able to abstain from smoking for six months when following up.
60% of that same group was able to abstain from smoking for two and a half years during a second follow up. Traditional smoking cessation treatments generally yield a 30-40% success rate after six months.
Patients treated with psilocybin were twice as likely to quit smoking following treatment. Other studies have shown that psilocybin is also an effective treatment for those struggling with alcohol or cocaine addiction. Many believe this compound is a superior treatment than traditional methods used today.
CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES HAVE DECRIMINALIZED PSILOCYBIN!
It is crucial to always be careful noting the difference between decriminalization and legalization, which we discussed in an earlier article (this is very important, so if you skimmed that bit, scroll back up and read it!). The three municipalities in the Untied States which have decriminalized psilocybin are as follows:
- DENVER, COLORADO
- OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
- SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
PSILOCYBIN MAY HELP ADVANCED-STAGE CANCER PATIENTS TREAT DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND GENERAL DISTRESS
Studies have shown that psilocybin could potentially improve the mood and overall well-being of advanced-stage cancer patients. These patients are understandably prone to anxiety, distress and depression. In some cases, these symptoms can exacerbate their existing conditions.
Randomized, double-blind studies have shown that low doses of psilocybin can improve mood disorders in relevant ways. In one study, a total of 51 patients were given psilocybin. Researchers followed up with the participants six months later. What they found was 80% of the participants were experiencing reduced anxiety and depression. Psilocybin proponents are very hopeful that this growing body of work will result in reformed opinions regarding this psychedelic.
INTERESTED IN STUDYING PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOM SPORES? HERE’S HOW TO START
While growing psilocybin mushrooms is illegal, amateur microscopists still enjoy studying psilocybin spores. Since spores don’t contain psilocybin or psilocin, they are legal in the majority of the U.S. Before starting your very own amateur microscopy or spore taxonomy adventure, we recommend reading our page Mushroom Spores & Microscopy Research.