A recent large population study of 130,000 adults in the United States failed to find evidence for a link between psychedelic use (lysergic acid diethylamide, psilocybin or mescaline) and mental health problems. Using a new data set consisting of 135,095 randomly selected United States adults, including 19,299 psychedelic users, we examine the associations between psychedelic use and mental health. After adjusting for sociodemographics, other drug use and childhood depression, we found no significant associations between lifetime use of psychedelics and increased likelihood of past year serious psychological distress, mental health treatment, suicidal thoughts, suicidal plans and suicide attempt, depression and anxiety. We failed to find evidence that psychedelic use is an independent risk factor for mental health problems. Psychedelics are not known to harm the brain or other body organs or to cause addiction or compulsive use; serious adverse events involving psychedelics are extremely rare.
Overall, it is difficult to see how prohibition of psychedelics can be justified as a public health measure.
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This is definitely worth your time to listen to and it gives amazing insight on the benefits of working with mushrooms. Here are some highlights about mushrooms:
- Produce strong antibiotics
- Rot is essential for nutrients in forest (mycelium goes underground)
- Mycelium inhales oxygen like we do
- Mycelium is earth’s natural internet (highly branched)
- Fungi one of the first organisms to come to land
- Produces oxalic acids = makes rocks crumble to make soil
- Fungi do not need light: uses radiation as source of energy
- Largest organism in the world: mycelia wall
- Ways mushrooms can be used to save the world
- Habitat restoration
- Active against flu viruses and pox
- Energy called “Econol” made by the breakdown of cellulose to fungal sugars
Cluster headaches are often viewed to be the most painful headaches anyone can experience. The authors interviewed 53 cluster headache patients who had used psilocybin or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to treat their condition. 22 of 26 psilocybin users reported that psilocybin aborted attacks; 25 of 48 psilocybin users and 7 of 8 LSD users reported cluster period termination; 18 of 19 psilocybin users and 4 of 5 LSD users reported remission period extension. Why is this an amazing find?
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Under the influence of mushrooms, overall brain activity drops, particularly in certain regions that are densely connected to sensory areas of the brain. When functioning normally, these connective “hubs” appear to help constrain the way we see, hear and experience the world, grounding us in reality. It seems that a lot of brain activity is used to keep the world very ordinary and very familiar. They are also the key nodes of a brain network linked to self-consciousness and depression. Psilocybin cuts activity in these nodes and severs their connection to other brain areas, allowing the senses to run free.
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