Can Magic Mushrooms Really Help Treat Depression and Anxiety?

An insight into the emerging psychedelics industry and its mental-health implications

Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION

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No other psychedelic has received more media attention than Magic Mushrooms in the past couple of years. Surely, LSD, DMT, and ayahuasca have made it into some big publications and scientific papers, but it seems that their widespread use and legalization is still on hold, unlike psilocybin (the active compound in Magic Mushrooms).

Most of the news surrounding psychedelics have been directly, or at least partially, targeted at “shrooms” and their mental-health benefits for patients suffering from depression.

*Just a side note: Undoubtedly cannabis has been in the spotlight for more than a decade now, especially recently, as some countries in Europe prepare to launch various legislations that are bound to change the domestic landscape for years to come. However, marijuana can hardly be described as a psychedelic — a category of the so-called hallucinogenic substances (LSD, DMT, psilocybin) — due to the drug’s non-hallucinogenic properties and its overall mind-altering strength.

It’s exactly these health implications of psilocybin that have given rise to the public, and more importantly, the scientific interest towards the…

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Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION

I read my own stories out loud. Interested in everything related to psychedelics, mental health, and spirituality. Writer for ILLUMINATION.