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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Psychedelics pioneer keeps his inner hippy in check

Psychedelics pioneer keeps his inner hippy in check   After giving people LSD and psilocybin, Robin Carhart-Harris is convinced of psychedelic therapy’s potential – but he daren’t get too excited about it .entry-header “I have conviction in psychedelics as tools to fundamentally understand the mind and the brain” Liz Hingley ONE of the last times …

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Psychedelic medicine: the potential, the people, the politics

Trippy treatment James Worrell/Getty By Sean O’Neill It was quite a comedown in the 1970s when research into psychedelic medicine was virtually shut down in the West. Many countries were beginning to classify psychedelics as “schedule 1”, making them illegal, on the grounds that they were drugs of “abuse” with no agreed-upon medical use. The …

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Psychedelic expert: Shrooms will be approved for depression in 10 years

Ask a healthy person who’s tripped on psychedelics what it felt like, and they’ll probably tell you they saw sounds or heard colors: The crash-bang of a dropped box took on an aggressive,dark shape. A bright green light seemed to emit a piercing, high-pitched screech. In actuality, this “cross-wiring” — synaesthesia, as it’s known scientifically — may …

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