This video shares a detailed and scientific approach to what the psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms can do to your brain.
If you compare the map of a typical human brain with the map of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms, you will see how similar they are.
The connections in the psilocybin map are not only what make people trip, they are also the reason why it is one of the most talked about drugs in medical circles.
How can the psychoactive compound found in psilocybin help you heal?
Worldwide, more than 180 types of mushrooms produce psilocybin.
Psilocybin is a classic psychedelic from the same category of LSD, as it works in the brain the same way.
When you take psilocybin, your gut converts it into another chemical known as psilocin.
Psilocin binds two serotonin receptors called 2A – experts think that’s what triggers what they call Neuronal Avalanching – which consists of a domino effect of different changes in the brain such as increased activity in the visual cortex (the visual cortex function is to receive, integrate, and process visual information relayed in the retinas), changes in perception, and decreased network activity, which, in turn, leads to a loss of ego.
This may be why, when people take psychedelics, they feel a sense of unity, transcending beyond themselves.
The way that different portions of the brain interact with one another is significantly altered by psilocybin because it enhances connections between various brain regions.
The psychoactive compound of mushrooms allows communication between areas of the brain that are normally compartmentalized into doing their own thing.
Scientists believe that it is a combination of these effects that makes psilocybin so useful for combating depression and addiction, since when new areas of the brain start talking to each other, it is more likely to have new insights into old problems.
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There are studies that confirm how cancer patients decrease anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Yet, despite these results, psilocybin is still listed as a drug. Why?
Yes, taking mushrooms can come with some risks (for example, it wouldn’t be recommended to drive under the influence of psilocybin).
Though long term use does not damage the brain like other drugs do, it is actually the safest drug out there.
It is because of these studies and our personal experience that we aim to sensibilize people to the power and positive effects of psilocybin.
Digging deeper into what the psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms is and what it can do to your brain is a great way to understand why magic mushrooms are, in fact, so magical.
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