Magic mushrooms may ‘reset’ the brains of depressed patients

Magic mushrooms may ‘reset’ the brains of depressed patients

  Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a ‘reset’ of their brain activity. …     The findings come from a study in which researchers from Imperial College London used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat a small number of … Read more

Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression: fMRI-measured brain mechanisms

Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression: fMRI-measured brain mechanisms

This study was approved by the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) committee London – West London and was conducted in accordance with the revised declaration of Helsinki (2000), the International Committee on Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and National Health Service (NHS) Research Governance Framework. Imperial College London sponsored the research which was conducted … Read more

Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics

Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics

Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics Understanding how hallucinogenic drugs affect different neural networks could shed light on their therapeutic potential. © CATHERINE DELPHIAKey brain areas involved in the effects of psychedelic drugs are located in the default mode network (DMN), which is more active at rest than when attention is focused on the external environment. Neuroscientists first discovered this … Read more

Can magic mushrooms treat depression? – New Scientist Live 2017

Can magic mushrooms treat depression? – New Scientist Live 2017

Could psychedelic drugs make the world a better place? In this talk, Robin Carhart-Harris will describe the rationale behind conducting the first ever clinical trial of psilocybin (magic mushrooms) as a treatment for depression – and share his results. Robin will describe how psilocybin works in the brain to have its antidepressant effects and discuss … Read more