Magic mushrooms’ or ‘shrooms’ can grow and repair brain cells, according to research.
When consumed, these psychedelic mushrooms can cause a person to hallucinate for an extended period of time.
Research gathered from the University of South Florida has shown that psilocybin, the component found within these psychedelic mushrooms, has the ability to grow new brain cells. This has a lot to offer in the medical world. It could be the answer for treating mental illnesses and possibly improving a persons cognitive functionality. This, and similar agents, should be explored as potential treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions.
Dr. Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos trained mice to associate a noise with an electric shock. After giving them psilocybin, the mice were able to stop fearing the noise much faster than the other mice that were not receiving psilocybin. Sanchez-Ramos sees this as a good reason for further research on mushroom magic in the brain.
“The proposition that psilocybin impacts cognition and stimulates hippocampal neurogenesis is based on extensive evidence that serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) acting on specific 5-HT receptor sub-types (most likely the 5-HT2A receptor) is involved in the regulation of neurogenesis in hippocampus. The in vitro and in vivo animal data is compelling enough to explore whether psilocybin will enhance neurogenesis and result in measurable improvements in learning.”
The combination of generating new brain cells and improving learning means psilocybin can be helpful in the treatment of PTSD and depression by repairing physical damage, restoring learning functions and relieving the depression associated with injury and loss of memory. (Source)
Psilocybin mushrooms refer to approximately 100 different species of mushrooms that go by a multitude of nicknames (such as “Magic Mushrooms,” “Liberty Caps”, or simply “’Shrooms”) and contain psychedelic compounds that can produce euphoria, hallucinations, and altered thinking processes.
Abuses of LSD and psychedelic mushrooms led the federal government to classify the two substances, along with marijuana and heroin, as Schedule 1 controlled substances in 1971, where they have remained ever since. Schedule 1 substances are those for which no medicinal purpose is known, and it is illegal to possess them. Because of their status as Schedule 1 substances, research into the potential physiological benefits of psilocybin mushrooms effectively ceased in the 1970s and 1980s. (Source)
People who tamper with mushrooms should be aware of the still strict laws that encompass it’s practice.