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Psilocybin ( [3-(2-DIMETHYLAMINOETHYL)-1H-INDOL-4-YL] DIHYDROGEN PHOSPHATE) is better known as magic mushrooms or shrooms. It is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in over 180 species of mushrooms. The effect of psilocybin is due to its effects on serotonin receptors in the brain. 

Psilocybin mushrooms can be consumed in various forms, from eating the mushrooms themselves to drinking mushroom tea or consuming mushroom chocolate. Users report a sense of openness, strong emotions, and visual hallucinations. The openness to thoughts that may generally be avoided has been useful in the psychotherapeutic treatment of various conditions including anxiety, depression, and addiction.


Psilocybin as a Novel Pharmacotherapy for Treatment-Refractory Anorexia Nervosa

Sarah-Catherine Rodan, Phillip Aouad, Iain S McGregor, Sarah Maguire
June 2021

The Potential Role of Serotonergic Hallucinogens in Depression Treatment

Dominika Psiuk, Emilia Nowak, Krystian Cholewa, Urszula Łopuszańska, and Marzena Samardakiewicz
August 2021

Psychedelic-Assisted Group Therapy: A Systematic Review

Alexander Trope, Brian T. Anderson, Andrew R. Hooker, Giancarlo Glick, Christopher Stauffer, Joshua D. Woolley
April 2019

Psilocybin induces rapid and persistent growth of dendritic spines in frontal cortex in vivo

Ling-Xiao Shao, Clara Liao, Ian Gregg, Pasha A. Davoudian, Neil K. Savalia, Kristina Delagarza, Alex C.Kwan
July 2021


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