study published last month in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface compared M.R.I.s of the brains of subjects injected with psilocybin with scans of their normal brain activity. The brains on psilocybin showed radically different connectivity patterns between cortical regions (the parts thought to play an important role in consciousness). The researchers mapped out these connections, revealing the activity of new neural networks between otherwise disconnected brain regions.

The researchers suspect that these unusual connections may be responsible for the synesthetic experience trippers describe, of hearing colors, for example, and seeing sounds. The part of the brain that processes sound may be connecting to the part of the brain that processes sight. The study’s leader, Paul Expert at King’s College London, told me that his team doubted that this psilocybin-induced connectivity lasted. They think they are seeing a temporary modification of the subject’s brain function.

The fact that under the influence of psilocybin the brain temporarily behaves in a new way may be medically significant in treating psychological disorders like depression. “When suffering depression, people get stuck in a spiral of negative thoughts and cannot get out of it,” Dr. Expert said. “One can imagine that breaking any pattern that prevents a ‘proper’ functioning of the brain can be helpful.” Think of it as tripping a breaker or rebooting your computer.

Psilocybin is present in a wide range of mushrooms, especially in the genus Psilocybe, though why it exists in the mushroom is not fully understood. When ingested, psilocybin metabolizes to psilocin, which resembles the chemical structure of serotonin — a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, sleep, cognitive functions like memory and learning and feelings of pleasure. Psilocin may simulate serotonin, and stimulate serotonin receptors in the brain.

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Unfortunately the world has a lot of waking up to do when it comes to allowing the study of plant medicines. Because of the current illegality of Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, clinical studies are being stalled due to tough regulation in most western countries.

We all know how highly profitable big pharmaceutical companies are, and it’s no surprise to see plant medicines such as mushrooms kept illegal when studies are showing they can help treat illnesses such as depression at their root cause rather than just treating the symptoms. This destroys the secure ‘repeat customers’ model pharmaceutical companies heavily rely on.

With one in six New Zealanders experiencing serious depression at some point in their lives, isn’t it time we started looking at the alternative medicines science is proving to work? 

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  1. Paula

    Hmmmm dunno about prescribing hallucinogenics for depression. Hallucinogenic drugs can have very nasty side effects – like making people believe they can fly or breathe fire or something. However if the chemical that treats the depression can be singled out maybe that can be used for treatment. I think it would need a lot of research before being used as a treatment. But i’m all for natural medicines that work. After all the governments are looking after the inhuman, dead corporations that don’t care for peoples rights and try to disregard them at every turn. Pharmaceutical corp’s might make medicine to supposedly help people but again they care more for money than people which is why they put out all the propaganda about natural medicines not working as effectively as their crap….

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