Studies Show Doing Mushrooms Might Help Alleviate Depression, So Get Your Guy On The Horn ASAP

Our brains are vulnerable little machines waiting patiently for us to feed them good meals so they can run our bodily functions and thoughts at full capacity. While there are obvious good things we can do for our brains, such as feeding ourselves vegetables and exercising and consuming water and reading brain-challenging books, for those suffering clinical depression meds are really the only way out. However, a recent surprising discovery reveals that hallucinogenic mushrooms help alleviate depression, when taken in limited and monitored doses.

The clinical trial involved 12 volunteers who were monitored over a course of years, with resulting showing that a double dose of psilocybin (the active ingredient found in hallucinogenic mushrooms) relieved all 12 clients of depression symptoms for three weeks, with 5 volunteers experiencing relief as long as 6 months.

The study was funded by Medical Research Council and because of its small size and lack of placebo, it only qualifies as “proof of principle” and would require a larger sample size and significantly more funding in order to stand as definitive proof. The scientists involved are hoping that the interesting and positive results will help them get the funding for an even more comprehensive study.

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Fully aware of how exciting this study is for stoners and music festival attendees, the researchers made sure to clarify that doing unspecified amounts of mushrooms on your own time likely won’t wield the same positive results.

One of the main authors of the study, Dr. Robin Carhartt-Harris said:

“Psychedelic drugs have potent psychological effects and are only given in our research when appropriate safeguards are in place, such as careful screening and professional therapeutic support. I wouldn’t want members of the public thinking they can treat their own depressions by picking their own magic mushrooms. That kind of approach could be risky.”

While it’s terrifying to imagine people eating high amounts in the name of treating depression, it’s even more terrifying to imagine the potential for obnoxious conversations that will surely come from mushroom-users discovering yet another reason tripping is the best.

According to the study’s findings, not only can a prescribed dosage of mushrooms help alleviate depression, but they work even on people who have difficulty finding workable anti-depressants. All the volunteers involved suffered severe depression and had been tested on two different kinds of anti-depressants with little to no improvement, before engaging in the doses of psilocybin.

 

Alright, I GUESS this convinced me to take some mushrooms on a beach this summer. You know, for brain health.

(Guardian)