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Fascinating findings from 7 new studies of psilocybin * 6
    #28837906 - 07/04/24 12:37 PM (20 days, 6 hours ago)

The science of magic mushrooms: Fascinating findings from 7 new studies of psilocybin
July 4, 2024 - PsyPost

In recent years, the resurgence of interest in psychedelic substances has spotlighted psilocybin as a potential breakthrough in mental health treatment.

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in certain species of mushrooms, commonly referred to as “magic mushrooms.” When ingested, psilocybin is converted into psilocin, which interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain. This interaction leads to altered states of consciousness, including changes in perception, mood, and cognition.

Researchers are interested in psilocybin for its potential therapeutic benefits, particularly in treating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction, as well as its ability to help better understand the nature of consciousness itself.

As research progresses, scientists are uncovering fascinating insights into how psilocybin affects the brain and behavior. Below are seven recent studies that examine the potential of psilocybin, exploring its applications in treating various conditions and providing insights into its mechanisms of action.

1. Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder

A study published in Scientific Reports examined the effects of psilocybin-assisted therapy on brain function in people with alcohol use disorder (AUD). The therapy, which combines psilocybin with psychological support, showed significant improvements in drinking outcomes for up to eight months. Brain scans revealed changes in regions associated with craving and emotional regulation, suggesting that psilocybin may diminish the salience of alcohol cues and enhance emotional processing. However, the study’s small sample size calls for cautious interpretation and further research.

2. Psilocybin’s Impact on Anorexia Nervosa

Research in Molecular Psychiatry explored psilocybin’s effects on cognitive flexibility and weight maintenance in a rat model of anorexia nervosa. Psilocybin-treated rats maintained their body weight more effectively and exhibited enhanced cognitive flexibility, particularly in adapting to new reward contingencies. The study highlighted the role of the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor in these effects. These findings suggest that psilocybin could be a promising treatment for anorexia, though further research is needed to confirm these results in humans.

3. Psilocybin and Long-COVID Symptoms

A case study in Clinical Case Reports detailed the use of psilocybin and MDMA by a woman suffering from Long-COVID symptoms. The patient reported significant improvements in anxiety, depression, cognitive function, and overall well-being after psilocybin sessions. While the case study offers intriguing insights, it underscores the need for more robust, controlled studies to determine the effectiveness of psychedelics in treating Long-COVID.

4. Psilocybin’s Effect on Learning and Exploration

A study in iScience investigated how psilocybin influences reinforcement learning. Psilocybin was found to maintain learning capabilities similar to a placebo and even improved learning rates at higher doses in specific conditions. Participants exhibited greater exploratory behavior, suggesting increased cognitive flexibility. The nuanced effects of psilocybin on learning and emotional cues highlight its potential for therapeutic use, although more research is needed to fully understand its impact.

5. Psilocybin and Brain Connectivity

Published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, this study found that psilocybin induces a state of hyperconnectivity in the brain. This heightened connectivity is linked to profound changes in perception and a sense of unity with the universe, often described as mystical experiences. The study’s findings suggest that these altered brain states could underlie the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin, particularly for conditions like depression and anxiety.

6. Psilocybin’s Influence on Auditory Perception

Research in the Journal of Neurophysiology examined how psilocybin affects auditory perception in awake mice. The study revealed that psilocybin alters the balance between intrinsic neural activity and stimulus-driven responses in the auditory cortex. These changes suggest that psilocybin influences sensory processing and could provide insights into its broader therapeutic potential. The findings offer a foundation for future research into how psychedelics affect sensory perception and cognition.

7. Psilocybin as a Treatment for Cluster Headaches

A study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences investigated psilocybin’s potential to reduce the frequency of cluster headaches. Participants who received psilocybin experienced nearly a 50% reduction in headache attacks. The therapeutic benefits appeared to be independent of psilocybin’s hallucinogenic effects, suggesting a unique mechanism of action. While the study’s small sample size limits its generalizability, the results are promising and warrant further investigation into psilocybin as a treatment for cluster headaches.

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Re: Fascinating findings from 7 new studies of psilocybin [Re: veggie]
    #28838039 - 07/04/24 02:17 PM (20 days, 4 hours ago)

Finally. Finally something besides the phantoms of mind.
#3 - Me, both in SARS and Covid

#6 - Paul Stamets, for an equally long time

#7 - Bob Wold and the ClusterBusters convention, since early 2000s

And now of course, everybody but anybody who demonstrated it first, is going to get paid multiple corporate millions


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