What You Didn’t Know About Mushrooms
Not that we’re suggesting you go procure an illegal drug yourself, but in a carefully controlled setting and administered by a trained professional…hallucinogens may cure addiction and anxiety.
New research suggests that addiction, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be treated with LSD or psilocybin “magic mushrooms” (commonly referred to as “shrooms”, as above). The review looked at small-scale studies conducted recently in Europe, Canada, and even the U.S. We’re currently awaiting follow-up on the findings.
The preliminaries show the drugs are helping people a lot, particularly anyone addicted to tobacco and alcohol, or have PTSD. It’s also been seen to help those with end-of-life distress.
The research includes a 2008 study that reviewed psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, which resulted in lower anxiety, improved mood, and no negative side effects to be found. What more could we ask for?
In Switzerland, a study published just last year tested LSD’s effects on terminally ill patients who suffered from intense anxiety. It only took two LSD-enhanced psychotherapy sessions and the patients had significant reductions in anxiety, which lasted from two months to as long as a year after the second session. There were no long-lasting side effects.
Again, we’re not recommending you do this on your own. These studies were conducted by trained professionals in the field, and all within safe, controlled environments. You should never self-medicate any health issue you have without a doctor’s recommendation, and if your doctor is recommending you self medicate, you may want to seek an unaffiliated second opinion.
Some people aren’t into the idea of drugs considered “street drugs” being the solution to various illnesses, but this is ridiculous considering many drugs developed to treat illnesses end up being street drugs. Who’s to say it doesn’t work both ways?
It’s widely held notion that psychedelics are dangerous. There are plenty of horror stories of people “freaking out” and hurting themselves, others, or even dying. However, all of these things happen with perfectly legal medications and alcohol. The issue isn’t always the substance.
If anyone wants to argue with that and cite all of the studies don’t in the 1960’s, you can point out that since then, the medical community has discredited those studies as false.
Other drugs that have been studied for beneficial effects are DMT, mescaline, and MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy or molly).
The studies here could help isolate what exactly helps the patients. We can then use medical technology to extract that and remove it from the negative. Imagine using ecstasy without the potential hallucinations, hypersensitivity, and dehydration, but instead receiving simply an elevated mood to help treat depression.
Of course we have medications that already treat a lot of these issues, but nothing is perfect, and we also don’t need to seek perfection. We only need to seek a solution that is better than the one we currently have. Any improvements should be welcome.
Until then, we have everything you need here to fight addiction coupled with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. If you or someone you love’s in need of help, please pick up the phone and give us a call.