Could Psychedelics Be the Next Treatment Alternative For Depression and Anxiety?

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Psychedelic “Magic” Mushroom Helps Terminally Ill Patients Alleviate Feelings of Depression and Anxiety after Just One Treatment

For patients who’ve experienced severe depression and anxiety, felt better for weeks after just a single dose of the illegal psychedelic “magic mushrooms” treatment, commonly referred to on the streets as shrooms.

According to a recent independent study conducted at New York University and John Hopkins University, it’s been concluded that patients experiencing severe depression and anxiety received temporary relief from a single dose of the magic mushroom.

It seems that Mother Nature has provided a temporary treatment without the use of conventional medicine that’s currently available on the market for patients experiencing these symptoms.  Treatment also included patients that were diagnosed with Cancer and other terminal diseases.

A whopping 80% of the cancer patients with symptoms of anxiety and depression felt better after just one treatment of the magic mushroom.  That’s incredible, considering the psychedelic drug is illegal and self treatment is not recommended.  Patient experiencing these symptoms are advised to seek professional assistance.

It’s important to create a calming setting for patients experiencing the magic mushroom trip, especially their first time.  It can be very unpredictable and scary for most that are not familiar or knowledgeable in the topic.  A patient can have a good trip or sometimes a bad trip, depending on their setting and company. That is the reason, self treatment is not recommended.

Most people, who’ve tried the mushroom for recreational purpose, have described it as being a wonderful experience that has changed their life.  Some have used the term “rebooted” after just one treatment.  The effects of the magic mushroom have been described as euphoric, enlightening and grand, especially for those trying it for the first time.

When experiencing a bad trip, most users reported it as being vicious and taking control of your world and your senses; a horrifying experience in general. The dosage and the type of mushroom that’s consumed can predict the type of trip you will experience.

During the study, doctors created a relaxing atmosphere for their patients to completely relax them during the psychedelic trip.  Soft lighting along with soothing music was used to create a controlled setting for patients that are being treated with the mushroom. The trip lasts approximately a couple of hours and the effect lasts for weeks to follow.

The effects post magic mushroom treatment seemed to last for weeks, sometimes months.  Doctors are sending out a strong warning not to try this treatment on their own, especially their first time.  It may bring to life some of their most terrifying nightmare and if not done in a controlled setting and will create even bigger problems for patients seeking help.

This is how it works and all comes together for a successful treatment.  The main ingredient is psilocybin which affects parts of the brain impacted by serotonin, providing treatment for chronic depression for patients not responding to conventional treatments.  The study provided two doses to the controlled patients, 10 mg and 25 mg  which were given a week apart.  An MRI was done prior to starting the treatment as well as after the treatment to see the changes taking place in the brain, particularly the areas where depression and anxiety are noted.

According to Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, who led the study, said: “We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.  “Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted’.  Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.”

This new study does not suggest in anyway that patients experiencing depression and anxiety should take it upon themselves to treat their symptoms with mushrooms they buy off the street but rather seek the assistance of a medical professional.  The consequences can sometimes be deadly for certain individuals not educated enough in the topic .  A full controlled and monitored environment is a must prior to experiencing with this new treatment.

What the patient can expect to experience during their magic mushroom trip.  Depending of course if it’s a good trip they experience during their treatment or a bad.  Either way, a medical professional should be there to guide them through it.  Most users experienced the colors of objects that were placed around them became vivid and saturated, gaining“clearness” to them. Euphoria takes over and most users laugh at practically anything within their surrounding.  The sound has been described as an echo with a continuous echoing.  After a while, the user is not quite sure if the sound is real or not.  Tastes are vibrant and exotic should you decide to eat a little something during your psychedelic trip.   Some users have reported the taste of food changing while still in their mouth which is an incredible exprience all on it’s own.

If you are brave enough to close your eyes during the trip, you’ll see powerful geometric patterns, in full 3 dimensions, sliding, rotating, and morphing through different complex shapes. Once you’ve opened your eyes, everything around you will have the patterns of what you just experienced while your eyes were closed.  The walls, floors, and on furniture, you’ll see the same patterns, in their full light, continuing to morph in their complexity.

In the world of medicine, this is just fascinating to be able to witness the advancements in medicine.  We are curious and almost excited to see how this new treatment will evolve in the future.  This will surely affect the pharmaceutical companies to say the least and their profit margins.  Companies that dispense Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin and Xanax, just to name a few will see big changes starting 2018.

The important part of this study is that people are finally getting the help they need.  We are advancing in healthcare at a very rapid pace with positive results in all aspects of medicine.  It looks like psychedelics will eventually become part of the medical industry and how they treat patients with not only depression and anxiety but other forms of Psychological disorders and mental health in general.

By: Ida L.

Source(s):

www.zamnesia.com

www.theguardian.com

www.sciencedirect.com

http://journals.sagepub.com

https://hub.jhu.edu

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