Historically, Psilocybin mushrooms (which are informally referred to as magic mushrooms) have often been associated with the counterculture, sometimes giving people a tainted perspective of the many potential benefits that mushrooms can unlock. More recently, however, the common misconception around Psilocybin mushrooms has started to change. In the last few years, more and more scientists are beginning to research the properties of magic mushrooms and learn more about how they can be used to benefit people. As a result, more and more people are beginning to rethink their misconceptions.
Although we always encourage people to find evidence-based sources and do their own research, our team at Shroomie Bros firmly believes in the holistic properties of magic mushrooms. Furthermore, as the premier source for mushroom cultivation supplies, we understand exactly what people who are interested in growing their own mushrooms need. In this article, the Shroomie Bros team covers some of the holistic properties of Psilocybin mushrooms. We begin by providing a little bit of background on Psilocybin mushrooms before moving on to cover some of the recent research. Let’s begin!
A Brief Background on The History of Psilocybin Mushrooms
The history of magic mushrooms and their holistic properties long predates the 60s–the era that most people associate with psilocybin. Magic mushrooms can be traced as far back as 3,000 BC. Archeologists have only recently dug up cave drawings that praise the effects and perceived powers of the magic mushroom. Further down the line, the Aztecs revered the magic mushroom as “the flesh of the gods” and would use it as part of rituals to induce states of trance.
Fast forward to the 1960s–with the war on drugs, and the hippie counterculture being proclaimed as undesirable, the reputation and holistic nature of magic mushrooms were all but forgotten. President Nixon passed the Controlled Substances Act of 1971, which classified the mushroom as a Schedule 1 drug. It caused not only the general public to avoid psilocybin, but in addition, made most scientists steer clear of studying the naturally occurring fungi. Mycology turned to ashes for a time, and the advancement of this national treasure was put on pause for decades to come.
The Researchers Came Back
It’s safe to say that magic mushrooms have experienced a revival in the past few decades. In the 1990s, researchers came back in droves to study not only magic mushrooms but also the science of mycology in general. This, in large part, was due to the influence of Timothy Leary, a famous American psychologist who spearheaded a Harvard study into the benefits of psychedelics decades earlier. Then in 1997, researchers at the University of Zurich conducted important studies that found psychedelic mushrooms increased brain activity in a beneficial way. This increased brain activity led to a better and more pleasant mindset plus the easing of chronic pain. This research officially marked the restart of an array of studies being done on psilocybin.
What Scientists Have Found
As mentioned earlier, psilocybin is a naturally occurring staple for wellness. Magic mushrooms 30 minutes after ingestion have been linked to better thought patterns (wavelengths as John Lennon called them), relaxed muscles (no more chronic pain), and better clarity and awareness (your music sounds better, and your lava lamp shines brighter). All that said, remember to always do your own research!
Depression is the first thing that these pioneers of magic mushroom wellness have looked into. It is the most researched ailment in the repertoire of mushroom healing. This magical treatment for depression is so prevalent that the FDA has designated it as a fast-track study–otherwise known as a “breakthrough study”. It is becoming more and more evident to scientists and to the average person, that magic mushrooms coupled with therapy can work wonders. The stereotypes are being broken, and the industry is swelling with new science and new methods. In a 2016 study by researchers at John Hopkins University, treatments using psilocybin were four times more effective than antidepressants among people with terminal cancer.
The same John Hopkins referred to in the previous section found that psilocybin was also effective at treating anxiety among terminal cancer patients. Similarly, another meta-study published in the Journal of Psychiatry Research in 2020 concluded that the results of the study related to psilocybin for the treatment of anxiety were promising and worth studying further,
According to a study by Johns Hopkins University 15 participants completed a smoking cessation trial using psilocybin–the main chemical occurring naturally in magic mushrooms. After 12 months their journey was documented, 10 of the 15 participants were smoke-free, and later 9 participants were confirmed as long-term smoke-free. Furthermore, all participants of the study confirmed that their psilocybin experiences were a transformative experience. In the United States of America, there are an estimated 49 million tobacco users that would benefit from the legalization of medical-grade magic mushrooms.