In this installment we interview people who suffer from mood disorders and for whom hallucinogenic mushrooms have contributed to positive outcomes.
In Part Two of Man and Psychedelics: Mushrooms from Ancient Times to Mushrooms in 2011, we diat a doctor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who suffered from depression who credits the use of magic mushrooms under supervised settings for his recent ability to overcome his own depression.
In this article I will interview several people who suffer from depression and who have used psilocybin mushrooms in particular to try and give you their perspective as to why they recommend this radical, “somewhat new-again” form of therapy verses the traditional methods.
A source I interviewed, who wishes to remain anonymous, who has also suffered from long term depression, for a period of well over 18 years, recently experimented with psilocybin mushrooms, and with great results. After reading a few articles online about psilocybin mushrooms and their positive effects on depression, “Subject A” said she decided to give it try. The more commonly accepted mood enhancing drugs like antidepressants that she had been prescribed for her depression and the counseling sessions that she could hardly afford with her low income status weren’t working for her.
“Subject A” took the mushrooms in a safe setting (inside her apartment with her cat). She made a ginger, honey, and lemon tea and said that within 45 minutes she felt “as if a veil of sadness had been lifted from her mind.” A feeling of something similar to a cascading wash of chemicals raining down in her brain seemed to give her many different viewpoints, or perspectives on dealing with the psychological issues that had repeatedly been a source of pain and stagnation for her.
Subject A said the walls seemed to dissolve around her and “the patterns in my life that were keeping me from exploring roads to true happiness seemed to reveal themselves before my eyes and then dissolved, giving way to a new, more positive outlook and direction in my life that I could have never before seen.”
Therapists, pharmaceutical drugs, and counseling were what seemed to be the “long route” and in 4 hours Subject A said the mushrooms were “Like a bullet train to the real cause of my unhappiness and depression, and the destination it took me too gave me new insights on why I was the way I am and what I should do about it differently.” Wow.
Another anonymous subject, “Subject B,” had been suffering from clinical depression and took psilocybin mushrooms during a severe bout of depression his first year at college. Later, when he went to see his therapist after the incident, the therapist was amazed at the changes she saw in her patient. The patient told his therapist he “firmly believed the mushrooms saved his life.“
Psilocybin is a “serotonin agonist” and experimental subjects reported that the “trip” taken on these mushrooms resulted in very positive, long term changes in mood. The positive results came even after one or two sessions 2 months apart from each other. Scientists are examining psilocybin mushrooms now more than ever. Using “rigorous protocols and safeguards” scientists have gained public acceptance and permission to re-engage in studies of the drug’s potential for “illuminating the nature of consciousness.”
Stay tuned for part 3 where we break down the science behind psilocybin and its effects on the brain.
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