How Psilocybin Improves Your Brain

Psilocybin frees the brain from its rigid patterns and ego-driven assumptions, and allows the user to look at the world — and him or herself — from a whole new perspective. Many mushroom experiences also are accompanied by waves of good feelings and psychedelic visions of sound and color.


These results build on other evidence about how psilocybin can rewire the brain. A previous study at the Imperial College London showed that brain activity diminished in certain areas when subjects took the substance, particularly in the part of the brain responsible for a sense of self.


“I was fascinated to see similarities between the pattern of brain activity in a psychedelic state and the pattern of brain activity during dream sleep,” lead researcher Robin Carhart-Harris said in a statement. “People often describe taking psilocybin as producing a dreamlike state and our findings have, for the first time, provided a physical representation for the experience in the brain.”


“We find that the psychedelic state is associated with a less constrained and more intercommunicative mode of brain function,” the study concludes, “which is consistent with descriptions of the nature of consciousness in the psychedelic state.”


Magic mushrooms got their name for a reason. Psilocybin — the active chemical in so-called “magic mushrooms” — works on the mind in amazing ways to breed new insights and break from negativity and intransigence.




Can Magic Mushrooms treat depression?- Robin Carhart-Harris at New Scientist Live 2017

Psychedelics: Lifting the veil | Robin Carhart-Harris | TEDxWarwick

1 thought on “How Psilocybin Improves Your Brain”

  1. Dear Psychedelic Research,

    I am extremely interested in your work as I believe it holds enormous potential for the future treatment of mental health issues, which are becoming more and more prevalent. Speaking from first-hand experience, I very passionately believe that the focus of psychedelic research on mental health issues should be widened to embrace the profoundly positive effect psilocybin can have in the treatment of anxiety AS WELL AS depression.

    I myself suffered from work-related anxiety for several years. Over this period, the anxiety became progressively worse and more psychologically debilitating. It reached a point where my heart would start racing uncontrollably every time my mobile phone rang as I immediately expected it to be someone from work with horrible news or unreasonable demands. This also started happening every time I would login to my emails as I would dread finding some terrible message. The panic and anxiety became absolutely intolerable and I am convinced I was on the point of a total nervous breakdown. To try and cope, I started abusing alcohol just to get to sleep and stop my mind racing.

    Fortunately, I managed to have some time out from work and during this period of convalescence, I took psilocybin. The drug definitely ‘rewired’ my brain in terms of enabling me to see my life and work from a whole new, heightened perspective. The drug highlighted unhealthy thinking habits which had become ingrained over time like stuck records. The drug enabled me to lift the needle off these ‘stuck records’ of thought processes, take the bad vinyl off the turntable and shatter these records into a thousand pieces never to be replayed!

    With the benefit of these new insights, I have re-evaluated my life, changed work and found a deeper level of happiness, contentment and serenity than I ever imagined possible,,, all thanks to psilocybin. I truly hope others can be healed like I was by this miraculous drug.

    Please consider the message of my email, which is that anxiety should also be studied in relation to psilocybin and not just depression.

    Yours sincerely,
    Matthew Turner

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