Psilocybin is a nootropic substance included in psychoactive mushroom species. There are proofs that it is a medicinal key to eliminating mental illnesses and regaining lost cognitive ability. Dr. Juan R. Sanchez led a study that has been published in Experimental Brain Research. This study analyzed psilocybin’s ability to connect particular receptors in the brain which promote healing and growth. The study concluded that psilocybin’s impact on the mind motivates the recovery of harmed brain cells and is also very efficient in easing depression and PTSD.
During this study mice that had been subjected to hearing a noise before receiving a shock were exposed to psilocybin. The experts made comparisons between the mice exposed to psilocybin and those that had saline treatment. The comparisons confirmed that the mice that received a proper dose of psilocybin showed poor or no fear response to hearing the noise, while the saline exposed mice were afraid every other time when hearing the noise. Some mice received great dose of psilocybin which led to even bigger and more intense fear reaction than before, which means if we are about to use psilocybin as a medicine, then we should use it properly and treat it as a medicine.
“The assessment that psilocybin affects cognition and promotes hippocampal neurogenesis is established on prove that serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) effects on typical 5-HT receptor sub-types (usually the 5-HT2A receptor) is included in the control of neurogenesis in hippocampus,” explains Dr. Sanchez-Ramos. “The in vitro and in vivo animal data is obligated to research whether psilocybin will boost neurogenesis and result in quantifiable improvements in learning.”
This substance has been classified as a nootropic substance since it impacts the health of hippocampus, the memory-part in our brain, emotion and the autonomic nervous system. Healthy hippocampus is related with improved learning capability and effective conversion of short term memories to long term memories, which is why the psilocybin-abused brain cell construction in the hippocampus automatically turns to a healthier and sharper brain.
The research is still going on and the scientists claim that the time of legalization of psilocybin for medicinal purposes is close. People who suffer often psychiatric conditions will find the psilocybin treatment as a huge relief. It is a little bit ironic that this powerful natural substance has been illegal for years because of its “high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.”