Magic Mushrooms Make Life’s Rejections Easier To Process
Psychedelics aren’t just a way to get high. They could have to potential to help people get through the tough times in their lives – as mounting research would suggest.
Despite the persisting myth that psychedelics scramble your brain (because anything that changes it from the norm must be bad!), research is showing more and more that they cause the opposite, and are useful tools in helping those struggling with mental illnesses and imbalances. This is particularly true for ailments such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. The most recent study suggests that those who use the psilocybin found within magic mushrooms and truffles dealt with life’s rejections better.
According to the research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, ingesting psilocybin affects the way the brain deals with social conflict, making the pain and anxiety associated with rejection easier to process and come to terms with.
The researchers had participants take part in a virtual game of catch, with some participants being high on psilocybin, while others had been given a placebo. Participants were systematically left out of the game, to make them feel excluded.
It was found that participants high on psilocybin felt the social sting of rejection less keenly than those that had been given a placebo. This was because those given psilocybin felt at one with the other participants, and thus didn’t feel that their exclusion was a big issue.
While the news that magic mushrooms create a feeling of oneness is nothing new, its implication for treating medical conditions is a big one. For the average healthy person, the feeling of oneness can instil a sense of spirituality and ease, boosting sense of wellbeing. For those suffering from conditions such as depression, such effects could offer a lifeline when coming to terms with the underlying issue of their ailment, helping them work shit out. It is by no means a cure, and needs to be tested in a therapeutic and clinical setting (so don’t presume this could just work out the packet), but this feeling of unity could help people see there is light at the end of the tunnel. A lot of mental illness can stem from loneliness and feeling detached from society, so offering a way to feel reconnected in the form of magic mushrooms may be the stepping stone science has been looking for.
Written by: Josh
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