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Psilocybin Reasearch and Mental Health

Updated on November 20, 2011

The Magic in Mushrooms

We have had quite a few hubs on Marijuana and some on drugs in general but I would like to get your responses on this;

Recent research has shown that taking Psilocybin,the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, is more effective than therapy or other drugs for treatment of a variety of mental disorders and that I single "trip" can be more beneficial than as much as 20 hours of one on one therapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist.

I happened to read about this in Scientific American and I found it interesting because of my own experience with the drug, along with mescaline and LSD.

To begin with I will say that I am a "child of the 60s & 70s California" and for better or worse I have probably taken all of the drugs you might attribute to those times. I didn't care for LSD I only took it 3 times and only 1 by choice. It was an enlightening experience but a bit over the top for me. I never had a "bad trip" but still not for me.

I did like and used numerous times both mescaline and Psilocybin and both were very enjoyable. And while we are talking drugs I smoked pot, hash and opium with no ill effect.
I stayed away from the chemical drugs like speed and heroin.
The only drugs I was ever addicted to were prescription drug, under the "care" of doctors following a bad accident.

I will say that people who have experienced psychedelic drugs have seen the world and life in ways that can not be explained or passed onto those who have not. For myself and those I know it wasn't a bad thing with one exception, one friend who had a bad experience / bad trip.

But my question is; Do you, after reading about the benefits, support the use of Psilocybin or other psychedelic drugs? I'm also curious if anyone else here has tried these things and what kind of experience did you have. Also, if you have, do you agree that they are enlightening? Finally would you try this kind of treatment under supervision of a qualified doctor.


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    • Borsia profile image

      Borsia 5 years ago from Currently, Philippines


      Like almost all drugs trying to control them is a much bigger disaster than leaving them legal and keeping them clean and controlled a lesser evil than having them impure on the streets.

      The nanny state says that they want to the people but in reality they only want to control the people.

      This has been true of every group that has been able to assume some sort of power be they governments, religions, cults, gangs or anyone else.

      As far as psilocybin being a part of our culture unless you are talking about the counter culture there have been only a few who used psychedelic drugs to any great extent.

      But for many of us the counter culture IS our culture

      To all my fellow Hubbers I don’t know why the comments are asking me to accept or deny comments I’m sure I did something wrong setting it up. I welcome all comments good or bad. I’ll try to be more careful not to set this in the future.

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      XxMr.TripsxX 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      They are an incredibly important part of our culture and I believe they should be legalized at least for medicinal use

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      hijkl 6 years ago

      The use of psychedelics to assist in the healing of mental health issues is a great untapped frontier. A depth of information on how to open this door is available at “The Journeyworker’s Guide,” located at:

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      Borsia 6 years ago from Currently, Philippines

      You are correct Danette; It doesn't have applications in every mental disorders the study cited clinical depression and some types of psychosis as I remember.

      Unfortunately I haven't been able to relocate the article, though I'm pretty sure I kept it.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      I too grew up during the 60s and 70s and smoked weed. I didn't do chemicals (too 'chicken' to try) but knew people who did and not always with the best experiences.

      Regarding this particular topic, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I would have to read more and get more info on my own about it. Mental illness is a fascinating topic and it would be interesting to see how or if this helps. I'm sure it's not across the board so which disorders and why those and not others? Lots of unanswered questions.