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Psychedelic Mushroom Compound Found to Grow and Repair Brain Cells

mushroom psychedelic brain cells 263x164 Psychedelic Mushroom Compound Found to Grow and Repair Brain CellsNatural Society – by Elizabeth Renter

You may know them as “shrooms”, “Magic mushrooms”, psilocybic mushrooms, or you may not know them at all. They are a natural plant that, like marijuana, is banned by the U.S. Government. But like marijuana, these mushrooms may not be without medical properties. Like marijuana, they could deserve a place on natural medicine shelves for their ability to treat depression, eradicate mental illness, and improve cognition – not in police evidence rooms.  

According to research from the University of South Florida, psilocybin, the active component within psychedelic mushrooms, is able to grow new brain cells—potentially offering treatment for mental illness and improving cognition.

The study, published in Experimental Brain Research, says psilocybin is able to bind to special receptors in the brain that stimulate healing and growth. In the case of these mushrooms, brain cell growth occurs. In mice, the researchers found psilocybin to actually help repair damaged brain cells and cure or relieve PTSD and depression.

Lead researcher, Dr. Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos, tested the effects of psilocybin by training mice to fear an electric shock when they heard a noise associated with the shock. Then, by giving them psilocybin, the mice were able to stop reacting to the noise-trigger much faster than those mice not treated with the mushroom compound.

“The proposition that psilocybin impacts cognition and stimulates hippocampal neurogenesis is based on extensive evidence that serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) acting on specific 5-HT receptor sub-types (most likely the 5-HT2A receptor) is involved in the regulation of neurogenesis in hippocampus,” says Dr. Sanchez-Ramos according to NaturalNews. “The in vitro and in vivo animal data is compelling enough to explore whether psilocybin will enhance neurogenesis and result in measurable improvements in learning.”

Other research also shows that this same compound could greatly help with depression, helping the majority of participants in one study achieve great well-being.

Psilocybin is referred to as a “nootropic” agent, or one that has numerous functions in the brain that can improve hippocampus health. The hippocampus is part of the brain responsible for learning as well as converting short-term memory to long-term memory. New brain cells in the hippocampus from the psilocybin translates into a healthier and sharper brain overall.

The research on psychedelic mushrooms is limited—far more limited than the research on marijuana. Because these mushrooms are known for causing hallucinations, unguarded self-treatment isn’t recommended. However, this plant, like marijuana, does not deserve a place in the Schedule I classification of illegal substances. Like marijuana, the U.S. government has determined ‘shrooms as having no medicinal value’—an obviously-flawed determination.

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7 Responses to Psychedelic Mushroom Compound Found to Grow and Repair Brain Cells

  1. diggerdan says:

    This is nothing new as people that have used these schrooms have known this for centuries.
    There are a lot of natural substances out there that are really good say like some varieties of morning glories just to name one of them,and then there is nutmeg straight off the store shelf 🙂

  2. James says:

    There are many natural substances that will improve health,hence why many illegal as it doesn’t line the puppet masters pockets excepting thru war on drugs and trying to limit folks to only the medically approved health providers,information changes that dilemma though and weakens their power base,keep learning folks.

  3. Inretrospect says:

    I wonder how they separate the parts of the shroom that make you throw-up? Would just drying the substance before eating it, do the trick?

    • James says:

      Most folks have no problem eating shrooms whether dry or fresh,perhaps thinking peyote or are you just allergic/don’t like stomaching shrooms.I love shrooms in cooking(not psychedelic,well,for most part!).Anything that is natural/easy/cheap big pharm will fight tooth and nail,great thing about the net is the dispersal of infromation.

      • Inretrospect says:

        I’ve seen then growing in a pine forest near my home. I just never had the inclination to try them… until now. 🙂

        • James says:

          Intro,be very careful,whatever mushrooms one desires be vigilant about proper identification(or at least have a test eater!),but seriously,no matter why you are shroom picking whether fun/cooking ect. do so with care.I think we need pigs like the truffle hunters for happy mushrooms!

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