THE MAGIC WITHIN YOU
The Plant Medicine is a growing trend in the healing and wellbeing realm. Psychedelics are becoming the next breakthrough treatment and programs to heal and thrive our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual capacities.
From treating depression to helping manage alcohol addiction, researchers say legal medical “magic mushrooms” have many potential benefits.
Psilocybin mushrooms have been part of religious rituals for thousands of years. The Aztecs of Mexico referred to the mushroom as teonanácatl, or “God’s flesh”, in homage to its believed sacred power.
As mentioned, humans have consumed psilocybin, the naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, for more than 10,000 years. By the mid 20th century, the context was religious and for healing purposes. That all changed on June 29, 1955, when a banker at J.P. Morgan named R. Gordon Wasson traveled to Mexico with a photographer to the mud hut of the Mazatec curandera (medicine woman) called María Sabina. She shared a magic mushroom preparation that her tribe had been taking for thousands of years. Wesson and his photographer became “first white men in recorded history to eat the divine mushrooms.”
In 1957, Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist working for the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, isolated psilocybin from the mushroom. Fifteen years earlier, he had accidentally ingested LSD, left work feeling dizzy, and experienced its psychedelic effects when he got home. During the 1960s, Sandoz sold psilocybin and LSD for research in medical trials, but the substances were soon outlawed after they became associated with the 60s counterculture.
Psilocybin (O-phosphoryl-4-hydroxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine) binds to receptors for the neurotransmitter serotonin. The cortex is packed with these 5-HT2A receptors, especially in areas that control reflection, imagination, and introspection.
Research has shown psilocybin to have potential to treat a range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders. So, in well-orchestrated sessions, psilocybin has the ability to essentially shake someone out of their routine to give a glimpse of a larger picture and create a mental plasticity with which people can step outside of those problems.
Experiences under psilocybin are not dangerous, but can be psychologically challenging because strong emotions or memories may arise. This affirms the need for a safe environment and a trusting relationship with an experienced therapist.
More than 70% of them attributed “positive life changes” to the therapy experience, rating it among “the most personally meaningful and spiritually significant experiences of their lives.
BENEFITS OF PSILOCYBIN
· Its potential indications include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other end-of-life psychological distress.
· Used in alleviation in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
· Increase of physical stamina.
· A pure and natural complementary aid towards releasing addictive behaviours like alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, food, relationships, sex,…
· Cancer-related psilocybin therapy is considered one of the most promising areas of research for magic mushrooms.
MIND . NEUROLOGY
· According to the researchers at Kings College, psilocybin mushrooms work on the serotonin system, ‘relaxing’ the brain mechanisms that mediate thought and behaviour.
· Psilocybin mushrooms were to be shown to help change how information moves through our brains. Old patterns ‘dissolve’ and a therapeutic ‘window of opportunity’ is introduced.
· Patients receiving psilocybin describe it as like a ‘waking dream’, with new insights and understanding emerging about why they are suffering.
· Therapists would then work with patients to help them solidify more helpful perspectives on their difficulties. This would include a plan of what they are going to do on an ongoing basis to change their lives for the better.
SOUL . SOCIAL
· Transformative experiences, in turn, were associated with feelings of social connectedness and positive mood.
· Users have also reported feeling more empathic and emotionally open.
· The benefits our participants reported mostly match what people have been reporting anecdotally. They said microdosing helped with mood, focus, creativity, self-efficacy, energy and more.
· These findings, like creativity, square well with our previous research.