After decades of a drug war, authoritarianism and hundreds of billions of dollars, scientists are finally starting to discover what 20-year-old hippie kids bouncing from festival to festival could have told them all along: magic mushrooms help with depression.
A study that was published in the Lancet details an experiment that involved 12 human volunteers who had been struggling with depression for over 17 years on average. None of the participants had found relief with standard treatments such as SSRIs even if they had undergone multiple rounds. Psilocybin mushrooms, however, were able to lift that severe depression in every single one of the volunteers.
“This is the first time that psilocybin has been investigated as a potential treatment for major depression,” says lead study author Dr Robin Carhart-Harris of the Imperial College London, where the study took place. “Treatment-resistant depression is common, disabling and extremely difficult to treat. New treatments are urgently needed, and our study shows that psilocybin is a promising area of future research.”
What is even more noteworthy is that the depression lifted considerably after just one treatment and it did so for every single person in the study.
For a majority of the participants, the mushrooms’ antidepressant effects were still in effect three months after the dose. Five of the participants were in complete remission from depression three months after the study despite the fact that they were not following any other treatment plan.
“Previous animal and human brain imaging studies have suggested that psilocybin may have effects similar to other antidepressant treatments,” says Professor David Nutt, co-author of the study. “Psilocybin targets the serotonin receptors in the brain, just as most antidepressants do, but it has a very different chemical structure to currently available antidepressants and acts faster than traditional antidepressants.”
As Ocean Malandra writes for Reset.me:
Depression is usually treated with selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which not only have a long list of negative side effects associated with them, including dizziness, insomnia, headaches, and even lower birth weights in infants, but need to be taken on a daily basis as well.
Psilocybin mushrooms, on the other hand, are entirely natural and do not need to be taken every day in order for one to experience their profound anti-depressive properties. They can be consumed when needed, and their benefit can last for weeks, months, or even years after each session.
Professor Philip Cowen, a clinical scientist at the University of Oxford, adds:
The key observation that might eventually justify the use of a drug like psilocybin in treatment-resistant depression is demonstration of sustained benefit in patients who previously have experienced years of symptoms despite conventional treatments, which makes longer-term outcomes particularly important.
In other words, after decades of criminalizing nature, and throwing peaceful people into cages simply from possessing or consuming a mushroom and acting as puritanical takfiris, the government and the medical establishment are being revealed as the tyrannical liars that they are. There’s no legitimate reason that a law should be made regarding psilocybin mushrooms. That is unless the government’s goal is to give future generations plenty of material for their stand-up comics.
In all seriousness, however, depression is now considered by the World Health Organization to be the number one cause of disability on the planet. It’s clear that whatever the government and medical establishment are doing simply isn’t working.
May one solution be as simple and revolutionary as allowing people to consume the substances that they choose and one last question, Why is having the ability to choose to consume a mushroom revolutionary in the first place?