'Shrooms Could Help Cure Depression

A study found that shrooms and antidepressants affect the brain in similar ways

Well this is new: Researchers are looking at the brain activity of people tripping on magic mushrooms to help cure depression.

Two studies, one published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the second in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked at the effects of psychedelics in magic mushrooms on the brain.

In the first, Reuters reports, volunteers were injected with shroom's active ingredient, psilocybin, while in an MRI scanner. Researchers found that as the subjects entered the psychedlic state, activity decreased in certain areas of the brain associated with depression.

The second study found that people tripping on psilocybin had better memory recollections, meaning it could be helpful for psychotherapy.

Of course, it's not a free pass. "We're not saying go out there and eat magic mushrooms," author David Nutt told Reuters. It's just a research tool, he said, and he strongly discourages self-medicating. Ah, well.

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Actually, I'm not trying to be an a-hole here...but this isn't new. They did this study in the 70's with positive results, and they also did a study on migraines using shrooms a little over a year ago, which also yielded positive results. That said, nothing will ever come of this. Just like with cannibus, if it's natural and it really helps, it's illegal because there is no money in people self medicating with safer, natural alternatives. It's the most unfortunate ruse played on our society. Just ask the poor guy from New Jersey with MS who just got five years in prison for growing green because he didn't want the useless chemical drugs they were feeding him. Tragic.

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