Depression impacts millions of Americans, with over 17% of adults suffering a major depressive issue. Depression can cause feelings of sadness and despair and potentially a loss of interest in things that once caused happiness. The mental and physical issues caused by this mental health condition can understandably hinder one’s work productivity and social relationships. The good news is that depression is treatable and advancements in psychedelics are potentially opening up new treatment avenues. A recent study by Yale researchers shows that psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms” may actually regrow brain tissue damaged by depression, as covered by Interesting Engineering:
“A psychedelic drug called psilocybin, which shows up naturally in some mushrooms, has shown signs of increasing durable connections between neurons in mouse brains, according to a new study published in the journal Neuron.
“In other words, the damage depression does to your brain might be reversible with psychedelic mushrooms, and scientists think the trip itself could play a vital role.
“‘We not only saw a 10% increase in the number of neuronal connections, but also they were on average about 10% larger, so the connections were stronger as well,’ said the study’s lead author Alex Kwan, who is also an associate professor of both psychiatry and neuroscience at Yale, in an embargoed release shared with IE. Earlier laboratory experiments hinted that psilocybin, in addition to the anesthetic ketamine, can reduce the effects of depression. But this latest research showed these compounds also increase the density of dendritic spines, creating small protrusions on nerve cells capable of enhancing the way information transmits from one neuron to the next. Depression and chronic stress are known factors in the reduction of these crucial neuronal connections.”
While legalized psilocybin therapy is likely years away for most, Oregon is leading the way following the passage of Measure 109. In less than two years, state-licensed and regulated psilocybin therapy will be available to help treat a whole host of mental health ailments, including depression. As more studies demonstrate the benefit of magic mushrooms and other psychedelics, Oregon needs to continue to be on the forefront of this growing medical revolution, and other states will certainly follow. Just as federal cannabis prohibition is about to crumble, we have an opportunity to create a similar movement for psychedelics, improving lives along the way.
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