What are magic mushrooms?

Magic mushrooms are a group of mushrooms that contain the psychedelic prodrug compound Psilocybin. Mankind has used them for millennia, and recently they have become popular as a recreational and medicinal substance. Magic mushrooms have been known to induce feelings of euphoria, powerful hallucinations, self-discovery, understanding, and ego-dissolution. Recent studies suggest that they have neuroregenerative properties, and may be a potential cure for depression and various addictions.

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Psilocybin mushrooms have long been intertwined with human civilization, from prehistoric cave paintings to pre-Columbian sculptures and glyphs. They were consumed in ceremonies and spiritual rituals, Aztecs referred to them as the “flesh of the gods.” Notable mycologists including Paul Stamets infer that magic mushrooms are the reason we are here today. In what’s known as the Stoned Ape Theory, they suggest that psilocybin was the catalyst in the primitive brain expanding its information processing ability, and evolving.

Mayan mushroom stones discovered in Guatemala

For the first time, psilocybin was isolated as the active ingredient in magic psychoactive mushrooms in 1958. After this discovery, psilocybin was briefly sold by pharmaceutical companies as a treatment for addiction, anxiety, and depression, until the “war on drugs” began in the 1970s.

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Magic mushrooms have recently been staging a comeback. Public opinion has again shifted and researches are returning to psychedelics as potential solutions to many mental health issues. As psychedelics are currently going through FDA trials, leading scientists are projecting that psilocybin will be available for prescription within the next five years.

Mushroom Studies

There’s always new and exciting studies in the mushroom community! Learn about recent psilocybin discoveries at the links below

December 28, 2022 by Robin von Rotz, Eva M. Schindowski, Johannes Jungwirth, Anna Schuldt, Nathalie M. Rieser, Katharina Zahoranszky

A single dose of the psychedelic drug psilocybin combined with supportive counseling leads to significant reductions in depressive symptoms, according to a new double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

July 5, 2021 by Bill Hathaway

Yale researchers show that a single dose of psilocybin given to mice prompted an immediate and long-lasting increase in connections between neurons.

April 2, 2021 by Hannah M Dressler

A study reveals that a greater amount of experience with microdosing was associated with lower levels of neuroticism among the 76 participants.

February 10, 2020 by Frederick S. Barrett, Manoj K. Doss, Roland R. Griffiths

Studies suggest that psilocybin may have efficacy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, tobacco use disorder, and alcohol use disorder. Reduction of clinical symptoms has been shown to last up to 3, 6, and 12 months after 1-3 psilocybin administrations.

October 13, 2017 by Imperial College London

Comparison of images of patients' brains before and one day after they received the drug treatment revealed changes in brain activity that were associated with marked and lasting reductions in depressive symptoms.

October 29, 2014 by Tia Ghose

The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together."

July 11, 2006 by Johns Hopkins Medicine

Two months later, 79 percent of subjects reported moderately or greatly increased well-being or life satisfaction compared with those given a placebo at the same test session. A majority said their mood, attitudes and behaviors had changed for the better.