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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:00 PM

Magic mushrooms may help treat depression

(CBS) Feeling blue? Two new studies suggest taking a trip might help.

Tripping on "magic mushrooms" appears to change the brain in ways similar to antidepressants, the study found.

"We're not saying go out there and eat magic mushrooms," Professor David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacology researcher at Imperial College London and senior author of both studies, told Reuters. "But...this drug has such a fundamental impact on the brain that it's got to be meaningful - it's got to be telling us something about how the brain works."

The first of these studies, published in the Jan. 23 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, took 30 healthy volunteers and infused the shrooms' active ingredient - called psilocybin - into their bloodstreams while they were lying in an MRI machine. The researchers looked at the volunteers' brain scans, which showed decreased levels of activity in "hub" regions of the brain that connect areas responsible for consciousness, self-identity, and organizing sensory information that constantly floods the brain.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57364710-10391704/magic-mushrooms-may-help-treat-depression-how/

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Reply Magic mushrooms may help treat depression (Original post)
Earthbound Misfit Jan 2012 OP
Adsos Letter Jan 2012 #1
T S Justly Jan 2012 #2
Neoma Jan 2012 #3
hunter Jan 2012 #4
B Calm Jan 2012 #5
piratefish08 Jan 2012 #6

Response to Earthbound Misfit (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:15 PM

1. Jaslow needs to get a clue about the real effects of depression

"Feeling blue" hardly begins to describe what real clinical depression is like, and only furthers an unhelpful misconception. Lends itself to the "just shake it off" school of thinking.

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Response to Earthbound Misfit (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:19 PM

2. Well, we are in a depression ...

 

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Response to Earthbound Misfit (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:30 PM

3. Bipolar depression included?

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Response to Earthbound Misfit (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:32 PM

4. Speaking from personal experience...

... I didn't have much success with that one.


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Response to Earthbound Misfit (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:35 PM

5. Now if only I knew a place where to buy them.

Too bad you can't get them at the local grocery store. .

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Response to Earthbound Misfit (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 03:16 PM

6. experiencing true ego loss can have powerful and immediate effects on the way you perceive the

universe and your place in it....

i believe there are probably many different paths to experience that state of mind - meditation, life experience, therapy, drugs, etc, etc.......



OR a high enough dosage of psilocybin is a very fast, direct, and enjoyable path as well

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