Mushrooms may treat depression without dulling emotions

Two new studies confirmy and depression in people with advanced cancer, while another small trial suggested that the compound could succeed where previous depression treatment has failed. The hypothesis that the psychoactive compound found in “magic mushrooms” may be a useful new treatment for depression, avoiding some of the side effects of conventional antidepressants . Magic mushrooms, or shrooms may hold surprising benefits for our mental health. At Medical News Today, we have reported on a range of studies that pointed to psilocybin  the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms”  as a potential remedy for depression. Two such studies showed that the psychoactive compound can reduce feelings of anxietTreating depression can be challenging not only because some depression types are treatment-resistant, but also because existing therapies have a range of unwanted side effects. One such adverse effect frequently reported by people living with depression is the “emotional blunting,” indifference, or apathy that comes with taking antidepressants. A new study  which was carried out by researchers at Imperial in the United Kingdom  suggests that magic mushrooms could treat depression while avoiding these side effects. The new research consists of two studies, both of which were led by a member of the Psychedelic Research Group at ICL. In the published in the journal Neuropharmacology, 20 people diagnosed with moderate to severe depression that conventional treatment had not alleviated participated in two dosing sessions. with the magic mushroom compound. Using functional  the team scanned the brains of the participants while they looked at pictures of emotive expressions. The scans were taken before and after each drug intervention. In order to assess the impact of the treatment on depression, the subjects were all provided with psychological support before, during, and after the intervention.

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