The hallucinogenic effects of magic mushrooms have been known for thousands of years and even feature in cave paintings dating back to the Mesolithic era. Now research has shown that the fungus might also have anti-depressant properties similar to those of Prozac.
Robin Carhard Harris of the college’s medicine department, said: “We’re not saying go out there and eat magic mushrooms … 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 drug is thought to alter two key areas of the brain. The first is called the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), associated with depression, and the second is called the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC), which is associated with consciousness and self-identity.
The mushroom is though to suppress mPFC and have a similar effect to other approaches, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Researchers are assuming a cautious approach to the findings, due to the illegal and dangerous nature of Psilocybin mushroom- the use of which is not recommended.
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