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Top 5 Recent Significant Scientific Discoveries involving Magic Mushrooms

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For centuries, many cultures have known about the powerful medicinal benefits of magic mushrooms. If you've taken mushrooms, you can also probably vouch for their positive life-changing effects. However, it’s only in the past couple of decades doctors, psychologists and scientists have once again started to explore the medicinal power of psychedelics. Let’s look at the top 5 most recent scientific discoveries involving magic mushrooms and their benefits.

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How Do Magic Mushrooms Work on the Brain?

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Before we dive into the science, let's take a quick look at how magic mushrooms, particularly one of the main active ingredients, psilocybin, works on the brain.

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Psilocybin helps the different parts of your brain communicate better and encourages neurogenesis (brain growth). It also creates a circuit breaker for your mundane, repetitive, daily thoughts. Under the influence of magic mushrooms, your mind becomes a lot more flexible and open to change.

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Furthermore, the positive effects of magic mushrooms seem to be long-term. Two of those effects are the ability to maintain focus and brain flexibility long after the trip is over.

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Top 5 Recent Scientific Discoveries

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In the sixties, psychedelics were subject to prohibition, it became illegal to study them. However, campaigners such as Rick Doblin, over at The Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelics, fought for decades to change the laws.

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Governments and scientists can no longer ignore the medicinal powers of psychedelics. Laws are changing, we are effectively going through a psychedelic revival. It’s an exciting time to be alive when it comes to psychedelics.

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#1 - Microdosing Helps with Wellbeing and Creativity

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Microdosing is the practice of taking small amounts of psychedelics, small enough so you do not experience altered states of consciousness and small enough that you can go about your day without any problems. The effect is sub-perceptual, meaning you won't physically notice it, but the theory says that you will benefit from it in the same way a big trip will.

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According to a recent study, microdosers report an increase in well-being, creative inspiration, and productivity. It can make your mind more agile, and it may help people overcome addictions. Microsing may also lower depression and anxiety, improve brain function, and boost focus and overall well-being.

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#2 - Magic Mushrooms May Help with Addictions

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Studies about psychedelics and addictions began in the ’50s and showed promising results until prohibition. Recent preliminary studies show that psilocybin therapy may help people overcome addictions and substance misuse disorders.

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A study from 2016 helped 80 percent of participants quit smoking with psilocybin therapy. In follow-up studies a year later, 67 percent of the control group remained non-smokers. Another study from 2015 showed that people who used psilocybin therapy for alcohol addiction had fewer cravings and were better at abstaining from alcohol. Some of the group stayed sober for nine months after the treatment.

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#3 - End of Life Patients Benefit from Magic Mushrooms

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Magic mushrooms bring relief to people dealing with a terminal illness. With psilocybin, patients feel more comfortable talking about their fears, it helps them come to terms with their mortality. Psilocybin therapy gives terminal patients a better outlook, which makes for a conscious peaceful, and calm acceptance of death.

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Studies from 2016 show that psilocybin therapy can alleviate emotional and existential distress in 65 to 85 percent of people with a terminal illness. Due to the findings, many end of life support associations endorses the use of psilocybin therapy for patients. 

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#4 - Psilocybin Therapy Can Help a Range of Mental Illnesses

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Studies show that psilocybin therapy can help alleviate several mental illnesses, including PTSD and treatment-resistant depression and anxiety.

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A study from 2020 about the future role of psychedelics in treating mental illness states - “Available evidence indicates that psychedelics may offer a single-dose, rapid effect model that has robust effects with treatment-resistant mental disorders and a unique advantage as a possible monotherapy for mental illness.”

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#5 - Magic Mushrooms Help You Make Positive Life Changes

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The great thing about magic mushrooms is anyone can use them to make positive changes in their life. This is why magic mushroom retreats are springing up in Europe and in certain states in the USA where psilocybin is legal.

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Not only can psilocybin help people overcome depression and addictions, but it can also provide creative inspiration and help people reassess their objectives in life. Magic mushrooms give you a different perspective on things and the will to make positive life changes.

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Conclusion

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Recent psychedelic studies are so promising, prestigious medical institutes such as John’s Hopkins, USA, and King's College, London, now have dedicated psychedelic research centres. Psilocybin really is proving to be a wonder drug and the great thing about it is that it has few negative side effects, and in most cases, you don't need to take it long term. The future of psychedelics is looking very bright, and hopefully, sometime soon, psilocybin therapy will be accessible to anyone who needs it.

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Note: If you’re suffering from a mental illness and are curious about using psilocybin or any other psychedelic therapy, please consult one of the relevant medical authorities first. Do not self-prescribe, it’s vital to have the right support and guidance when using psychedelics as medicine.