‘Magic Mushroom Therapy’ Clinical Trials May Begin This Year In U.K.

pg-8-magic-mush-afp-gettyWe may be just a few years away from going to our neighborhood pharmacies for our monthly supply of medicinal mushrooms. From the Independent:

Magic mushrooms could one day be prescribed for depression after Professor David Nutt, the controversial sacked government drugs advisor, claimed research on healthy volunteers proved what a mistake it was to abandon therapeutic psychedelic drugs more than 50 years ago.

The first clinical trial into magic mushroom therapy could start by the end of the year after two small studies suggested the active chemical, psilocybin, had a profound affect on key regions of the brain.

Professor Nutt’s team, at Imperial College London, hope to test the hallucinogen on depressed patients who have not benefited from antidepressants or behavioural therapy.

Psilocybin would be infused into their bloodstreams before a psychotherapy session, tailored to elicit positive memories. If funding is approved by the Medical Research Council it would represent a major step towards mainstream rehabilitation for such drugs since LSD was banned in 1966.

The first study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involved scanning the brains of 30 people given the drug intravenously to measure changes in blood flow and activity. Unexpectedly, the MRI scans showed the drug caused activity to decrease in hub areas with dense connections to other areas. It disconnected two key hubs: the medial prefrontal cortex, which is hyperactive in people with depression, and the posterior cingulate cortex, thought to play a role in self-awareness.

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  • DeepCough

    I think we could all use some more mushrooms in our diet quite frankly.

  • DeepCough

    I think we could all use some more mushrooms in our diet quite frankly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sirius-Fnord/100002719706635 Sirius Fnord

    Therapy with shamanics rely’s much on set and setting as-well as guide. After all you are temporarily disabling the filter within your mind that normally administrates what you information take in and eliminates the rest subconsciously. If the filter did not do this job then the brain would experience immediate information overload the moment it activated it’s sense organs. Taking shamanic drugs under the correct set and setting and with the right guide allows one to control their own filter, enabling multi minded perspectives and empathic understanding, leading to greater connectivity and understanding of each other and all things from micro to macro. The second thing shamanic’s do are to allow one to erase/modify or create new  psychological operational programs or in layman’s terms how we emotionally interact and feedback in the internal and external environment.
    The mostly meta physical nature of the experience allows the traveller to manipulate time and space with extra dimensional probability and potentiality solving functions. A virtual space where we have ideas and thoughts. The product of these metaphysical experiences are brought back with us to the dimension of our physicality, manifesting themselves as changes in personality which trigger changes in appearance and actions.
     Yes there are casualties, people who were unguided and became victims, victims however only from the observers perspective, they so called victims may have a different understanding and interpretation to the observer.

    When i hear the cry of Drugs are dangerous, first i cite that to the pattern recognition and reward machine that is our brain, then every thing is a drug.

    Money, shoes, food, power, religion, war, love, hate and everything in-between. All Drugs.

    Oh and before anyone asks, yes i have been an addict to more than one substance and recovered. in particular cannabis aided my recovery from heroin addiction. I have taken a large amount of shamanics and according to our backwards medical knowledge should be quite mad.  Ignorance, War, Money, relentless consuming of items that have no intrinsic long term value, while watching brain melting t.v and expecting a giant naked male god to come down and smite anyone you’re jealous of or don’t understand now that sounds mad to me. 

    But what the hell do i know I’m just filthy drug scum and a criminal not to be trusted or listened to. Or at least i am to all you great and good of moral society, safe in your ignorance, i think not.

    Bummer my spliffs gone out while writing this. Must go know and relight it.

    Cheers all

    Sirius Fnord

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sirius-Fnord/100002719706635 Sirius Fnord

    Therapy with shamanics rely’s much on set and setting as-well as guide. After all you are temporarily disabling the filter within your mind that normally administrates what you information take in and eliminates the rest subconsciously. If the filter did not do this job then the brain would experience immediate information overload the moment it activated it’s sense organs. Taking shamanic drugs under the correct set and setting and with the right guide allows one to control their own filter, enabling multi minded perspectives and empathic understanding, leading to greater connectivity and understanding of each other and all things from micro to macro. The second thing shamanic’s do are to allow one to erase/modify or create new  psychological operational programs or in layman’s terms how we emotionally interact and feedback in the internal and external environment.
    The mostly meta physical nature of the experience allows the traveller to manipulate time and space with extra dimensional probability and potentiality solving functions. A virtual space where we have ideas and thoughts. The product of these metaphysical experiences are brought back with us to the dimension of our physicality, manifesting themselves as changes in personality which trigger changes in appearance and actions.
     Yes there are casualties, people who were unguided and became victims, victims however only from the observers perspective, they so called victims may have a different understanding and interpretation to the observer.

    When i hear the cry of Drugs are dangerous, first i cite that to the pattern recognition and reward machine that is our brain, then every thing is a drug.

    Money, shoes, food, power, religion, war, love, hate and everything in-between. All Drugs.

    Oh and before anyone asks, yes i have been an addict to more than one substance and recovered. in particular cannabis aided my recovery from heroin addiction. I have taken a large amount of shamanics and according to our backwards medical knowledge should be quite mad.  Ignorance, War, Money, relentless consuming of items that have no intrinsic long term value, while watching brain melting t.v and expecting a giant naked male god to come down and smite anyone you’re jealous of or don’t understand now that sounds mad to me. 

    But what the hell do i know I’m just filthy drug scum and a criminal not to be trusted or listened to. Or at least i am to all you great and good of moral society, safe in your ignorance, i think not.

    Bummer my spliffs gone out while writing this. Must go know and relight it.

    Cheers all

    Sirius Fnord

    • axisofinfinity

      my thoughts exactly. I should be crazy now but instead i understand myself and others thanks to psychedelics and i see the foolishness and insanity of others that they’re unable to notice until i point it out. Set and setting matter incredibly as well as the willpower of the individual.

  • Anomaly_of_Anomie

    Now there’s one case study I’d like to participate in. I bet they even pay you for your time!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JGSOWVPKH3MJIRRO3ET7ZKVCIQ Leper Messiah

    I wonder what the long term emotional effects would be? All I know is it’s about bloody time we as a species looked to our hallucinogenic brethren for another jump start to our over all evolution again.
     

  • Lilith

    From personal experience I believe that psilocybin containing mushrooms can benefit people. In my teens I had an eating disorder, despite being very thin I still saw myself as overweight when I looked in the mirror. Fresh magic mushrooms used to be legal in the UK until May 2005 and upon seeing them in a shop myself and some friends decided to experiment. Anyway, one of the effects was to warp perception, including that of my own body. As I was coming down I was able to see how thin I’d become. This effect remained for a few days after the trip.

  • guest name

    well wtf legalize acid too dammit!