Is Psilocybin The Key To Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Research suggests that psilocybin, the main psychedelic found in magic mushrooms, may help treat OCD. But just how effective is it?
The psychedelic nature of psilocybin has been enjoyed for thousands of years all over the world. It is the main mind bending compound found within both magic mushrooms and truffles, and has traditionally been used for entheogenic, medical and recreational purposes. Due to prohibition, most scientific research into the medical potential has been brought to a halt. Only slowly is the iron curtain being lifted, with first research projects getting approved by the government.
Treating OCD With Psilocybin
One area of interest is using psilocybin to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. There are a couple of research papers that have analyzed this matter, and for the most part, have found positive results. A significant but small study was carried out at the University of Arizona, where 9 patients with treatment resistant OCD were dosed at regular intervals with psilocybin. It was found that not only was the treatment safe, but it appeared to significantly reduce the severity of OCD symptoms, most often for over 24 hours. This may not seem like a long time, but to those it helps, it makes all of the difference.
Psychedelic research hasn’t even begun
Keep in mind, research into the potential of psychedelics is strongly suppressed and only slowly is experiencing a revival. In the absence of large-scale studies, the scope of the current knowledge remains very limited. Initial results are very promising, but that doesn’t mean it can be considered a proven medical treatment. Since studies are a very costly matter, they are commonly first performed in a small scale, and when showing promising results, are scaled up. That, however, is more difficult when the compounds in question are highly suppressed.
Although currently no miracle cure, let us hope that science has found yet another successful application for psilocybin, and that it encourages more research into the field. Psilocybin could be the key to developing a future treatment for OCD.