Only reckless teenagers and hippies dared to trip on magic mushrooms in the past. Not anymore.
Based on two recent studies, magic mushrooms, or the psychedelic drug psilocybin shroom capsules, may have significant benefits for cancer patients experiencing anxiety and depression. One dose gave 80 percent of patients relief from anxiety for six months. Some were still anxiety-free four years later.
According to researchers, magic mushrooms ease anxiety and depression because of the feeling of love and being “one” with everything. This causes a change in the brain, or neuroplasticity. “Studies using MRI imaging show psilocybin alters brain activity, allowing for communication between regions of your brain that normally do not connect. This is believed to be part of the breakthroughs people report.”
In a December 1, 2016 Time Magazine article, Dinah Bazer tells of her experience taking a single dose of psilocybin in a study at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dinah said that at first she felt fear and like she was “tumbling through space.” After being calmed by the researchers guiding her, she was able to relax and see her fear as a black mass inside her body. She took control and ordered the black mass out, and it disappeared.
She then “… started to feel love. I felt like I was being bathed in love and its as overwhelming, amazing, wonderful… The feeling of immense love lingered for weeks, and four years later I still feel it at times. My fear and anxiety were completely removed, and they haven’t come back… The experience changed how I wanted to live my life… I used to imagine what it would be like if the cancer recurred, but I don’t think about it the same way anymore. When I don’t feel well and thoughts of a recurrence creep into my mind, I lack fear and simply think, ‘Let’s just see what happens.'”
What Goes Up Must Come Down
Though the benefits of magic mushrooms seem promising, according to Stephen Ross, who led the NYU study, “If someone goes out and does this themselves, they could have enormous anxiety and paranoia, and can feel much worse. Though I’m sympathetic, I’d strongly recommend people not do that.”
Even in controlled situations, we’re still very leery that the benefits of magic mushrooms outweigh the dangers. This reminds us of how some people claim bong hits of marijuana have few or no side effects. As much as we didn’t want to believe it in our late teens, we now believe all mind-altering drugs negatively affect emotions and mental health, block spiritual growth, and can attract negative entities and spiritual troublemakers.
Additionally, it’s important to consider the physical complications of consuming mind-altering drugs (and excess alcohol), which can include vitamin/mineral deficiencies, liver problems, cognitive problems, and more.