Psilocybin could be the key to beating long term depression.
A new study has shown how the psychoactive drug appears to ‘reset’ the brain activity in people suffering from depression.
Psiloycbin causes physical changes in the brain, this psycho activity is what gives you the ‘trip’ you feel when taking it, and it seems as though it is able to change the brain in order to make it ‘forget’ that it ever had depression.
The study was conducted by Robin Carhart-Harris et al, at Imperial College London. They were given special permission to treat long term depression sufferers who had not responded to other treatments, with magic mushrooms.
Out of the 12 people in the initial test, when tested again five months later, 5 of them were still free from depression.
Studies concerning psychoactive drugs are becoming more commonplace, as the stigma that one surrounded them is relaxed.
MDMA has been tested on soldiers suffering from PTSD which showed positive results which allowed the soldiers to let go of some of the trauma they had been affected by.
Very little is still known about the way in which psychoactives work on the brain, however it has been noted that the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that controls stress and fear plays a significant role.
Dr Carhart-Harris spoke to New Science, saying:
“Through collecting these imaging data we have been able to provide a window into the after effects of psilocybin treatment in the brains of patients with chronic depression.
Based on what we know from various brain imaging studies with psychedelics, as well as taking heed of what people say about their experiences, it may be that psychedelics do indeed ‘reset’ the brain networks associated with depression, effectively enabling them to be lifted from the depressed state”
After receiving the treatment, the patients described their new found sense of being depression-free.
They used the poignant words “defragged, rebooted, and reset. “