Psilocybin Treatment for Depression
Psilocybin is a naturally-occurring psychedelic drug that comes from certain types of mushrooms. It has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures around the world to treat psychological disorders
There are several studies showing that psilocybin treatment can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. In one study, researchers gave participants who were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) either a placebo or a dose of psilocybin. After taking the drug, patients reported feeling less anxious and depressed than before.
Where Can You Find it?
Psilocybin comes from various species of mushrooms, such as magic mushrooms, fly agaric, and morels. These mushrooms contain varying amounts of psilocybin, so it’s important that you choose the right type of mushroom when trying to treat your condition.
There are different dosages available for psilocybin treatment, ranging from 5 mg to 25 mg. A typical dosage is between 15 mg and 20 mg. This dosage is taken orally, usually by swallowing the capsule whole.
Side effects are rare, but some people report feeling anxious, agitated, paranoid, or having visual hallucinations. If these symptoms persist, talk with your doctor.
Psilocybin treatment is not approved by the FDA as antidepressant medication. However, there are several studies showing promising results. One study showed that participants who took psilocybin had significant decreases in depressive symptoms after just one session. Another study showed that psilocybin was effective at treating severe cases of depression.
How Does it Work?
Psilocybin works by activating serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and behavior. In addition to helping with depression, psilocybin has also been used to treat alcohol addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other psychological disorders.