Psychedelic drugs noted to treat mental illness, according to scientists
Psilocybin, found in psychedelic drugs, is noted by increasing evidence to help mental illnesses such as depression.
A study at Yale University performed one dose of psilocybin being given to mice. Immediate results followed with the increase in connections between neurons.
Alex Kwan, a psychiatry and neuroscience professor explained “we not only saw a 10% increase in the number of neuronal connections but also they were on average about 10% larger, so the connections were stronger as well”.
Previous laboratory experiments have also been conducted to support the idea of psilocybin helping mental illness including aesthetic ketamine.
According to science daily, Psilocybin is an “active compound in magic mushrooms [that] can produce a profound mystical experience”.
“The psychedelic was a staple of religious ceremonies among indigenous populations of the New World and is also a popular recreational drug”.
The professor at Yale explained that it is the “novel psychological effects of psilocybin itself that spurs the growth of neuronal connections”.