5 Ways to Change Your Mind With Magic Mushrooms



Psychedelics are enjoying a massive resurgence into mainstream awareness as tools for personal and spiritual growth and as therapies for common mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. This change was already happening before Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind series went live on Netflix. Now, more people than ever are motivated to explore these enigmatic substances.


Among psychedelics, one group stands out for its ability to bring about profound personal transformation on a collective scale in a safe, accessible, and sustainable way: Magic Mushrooms.


In this post, we'll be giving 5 science-based examples of how magic mushrooms may be able to produce changes to your mind and, therefore, your life.


But first, a little about Magic Mushrooms.



What are Magic Mushrooms, and Why are They Important?


"Magic mushrooms" is the common term for hundreds of mushroom species that contain the psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin. These are mainly mushrooms from the Psilocybe family, but other families may contain psilocybin, such as Panaeolus. The most common magic mushroom is Psilocybe cubensis, commonly known as "gold tops" or simply "cubes." Popular strains of cubes include Golden Teachers, B+, and Penis Envy (named for its somewhat phallic appearance and less awkwardly referred to as simply "PE"). Other well-known psilocybe mushrooms include Psilocybe cyanescens - Wavy Caps, which grow around the Pacific Northwest, or Psilocybe subaeruginosa - Subs, from south-eastern Australia.


Not all Psilocybe fungi are utilized as mushrooms, either. Psilocybe mexicana, Psilocybe tampanensis, and Psilocybe galindoi all produce an underground truffle containing psilocybin. These "magic truffles" are less common in much of the world but are currently legal in the Netherlands, where they are widely available.



Psilocybin is the main active constituent in magic mushrooms and magic truffles. Once digested, our bodies convert psilocybin to psilocin, which then interacts with serotonin receptors in our brains to produce shifts in our perceptions, and how we think and feel. These effects can range from subtle mood changes from microdosing to profound and all-encompassing mystical experiences from larger doses (and everything in between.)


Science has shown psilocybin to effectively enhance the lives of people experiencing difficult-to-treat conditions and those with no severe health issues. There has been an explosion of research on psilocybin in recent years. The articles discussed below represent only a tiny fraction of the scientific literature on the subject.


So, yeah, magic mushrooms are highly significant! But what could they do for you?


5 Ways Magic Mushrooms Could Change Your Mind


Depression

Regarding psilocybin research for mental health, depression is the area that is currently most heavily investigated. Existing therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), often fail to alleviate symptoms for many people suffering from depression.


Fortunately, mounting evidence points to the effectiveness of psilocybin in addressing the root causes of treatment-resistant depression. Given that hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic depression, the benefits of psilocybin have broad potential worth exploring in greater depth.