The Magic Mushroom and Its Medicinal Properties
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The Magic Mushroom and Its Medicinal Properties

The effects of magic mushrooms and some positive scientific finds for treating clinical depression.

Magic Mushrooms or Psychedelic shrooms are known to the scientific community as psilocybin mushrooms and are a fungi found in the wild and cultivated for their hallucinogenic properties. There are 190 species of this mushroom with the chemical psilocybin but they can easily be mistaken for poisonous mushrooms. Magic shrooms have been used by Native American Indians and Mexican Indians for centuries in religious ceremonies, divining the future and in healing. They have always been aware of the good properties of the mushroom and it is treated with respect.

The mushroom Psilocybe semilanceata

from Wikipedia

Scientists are just beginning to understand the good medicinal properties of the magic mushroom. In studies it was found that, of the test subjects that had been given the shrooms, 79% reported increased well-being and satisfaction and less depression and anxiety 2months after the study was over. Some even reported that symptoms of depression decreased or were completely gone. Only 22% reported having fear or paranoia. 

Magic mushrooms have also been prescribed to relieve cluster headaches, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and for treatment of clinical depression. Subjects noted that clinical depression had gone into remission immediately and for months at a time. Mushrooms are a schedule 1 drug and it is illegal to possess them under federal law and it isn’t recommended that you go out and try to find your own due to the risk of ingesting the poisonous ones. However; there is hope that they will find a practical use for them soon.

Mushrooms were found to cause the least damage compared to other recreational drugs. The effects of mushrooms are very subjective and vary from person to person. What environment they are in can effect whether they have a “good trip” or a “bad trip”.  The effects can last from 3 to 8 hours depending on the amount ingested. The hallucinogenic effects can alter sound, visual and touch perceptions within 30minutes to 1 hour after ingestion. A person can see an enrichment and distinction of colors, strange lights like auras. 

Other effects of mushrooms is that surfaces seem to come alive and breathe with rippling and shimmering effects depending on the texture and color of the object a person “tripping” is looking at. It is very much like an LSD “trip” and a person can feel as if they are melting into things around them like a chair they are sitting in. Moving objects can seem to have a tail trailing behind them due to the effect mushrooms have on perception of time, things seem to slow down. The positive effects according to scientist are that it seems to make a person with depression less depressed and opens up the mind to new experiences. Imagination seems to flow more freely and it becomes more vivid and animated.

Maybe in the near future scientist will be able to come up with a treatment plan for those suffering from clinical depression. It may help save a lot of lives in the end.

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Thank you dear Jaz. Mushroom has many health properties. Voted.