Psychedelic Drugs May Treat Depression

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Speaking of psychedelic drugs, the first thing comes to my mind is Hippies tripping out on magic mushrooms or LSD in the 1960's.



However, scientists are now studying these powerful mind-altering drugs, which have the potential to treat depression.


Psychedelic drugs may deal with depression effectively


In one study, the research team recruited a group of people with terminal cancer and depression. Six months after being injected a single dose of psilocybin, 80% of people showed improvement in their depression.



This may be because psychedelic drugs can affect synapses, which are structures that allow a nerve cell to pass signals to another nerve cell.


Compared to healthy people, depressed people have fewer synaptic connections in the brain areas regulating mood and cognition. While psychedelic drugs can increase the synapses in the brain, according to a study in mice.


The once-banned psychedelic drugs



Psychedelic drugs were once banned by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1970 because these drugs like psilocybin and LSD are highly addictive and are easy to be abused by people.


Not until 2000 did the Food and Drug Administration permit scientists to study psilocybin again.


"Now, with a more open attitude, we have all of the technological advances that we've accumulated over this time to apply to a growing field that almost nobody has explored before. From a scientific point of view, it is essentially the 'promised land' and will hopefully yield results that will make a real difference in the clinic," said Mario de la Fuente Revenga, Ph.D.



Let me clarify, this doesn’t mean a person with a broken heart can now walk for five minutes and buy magic mushrooms from the closest pharmacy. Psychedelic drugs are still controlled substances because they have a high potential for abuse.


Scientists are now planning to conduct further study and hopefully, they may create drugs that can fight depression without addictive side effects.

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How would one get this treatment I have manic depressive an nothing seems to help, I’m so tired an sometimes giving up seems to be my only option!!

Hi Tracy, I feel truly sorry for your experiences, but since the study seems to be still in its early stages I'm afraid it takes a long time to put in a clinical trial. Have you ever seen a psychologist?
Have you tried cannabis?
Well Tracy... I can't give up. I just don't know how to get off of the razors edge I've been walking for the past 5 to 7 years. The path is so murky that I'm afraid to step off on any direction so I just continue plodding along, like an old broken down piece of burden. Although the last time I actually did do LSD it was a very surprisingly therapeutic and burden lifting experience. I went through a whole slew of things about technology today and how it can be good or evil depending upon the intentions of the Creator and when it came out to be the actual spark of intelligence with it and artificial intelligence I got into the thought process about how you can go about trying to tell something that you created yourself that it wasn't real money actually gains it's spark of intelligence and becomes aware of self wow and I absolutely did cry out in the middle of a baseball field and saw colors in the whole nine yards and it did open up a whole lot that I needed to get off
The mushrooms grow under the cow pies. We used to pick them in Florida in the 70s. They are found on many farms where they mulch.