Psilocybin Mushrooms Can Erase Traumatic Memories & Fears
A new study using mice suggests that psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic, or ‘magic’ mushrooms may help erase frightening memories and encourage new brain cells. Mice were given an electric shock, then a very low dose of psiolcybin, and they lost their fearful response to a sound associated with the electric shock more quickly than mice who didn’t receive psilcoybin.
“They stopped freezing; they lost their fear,” said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos. It’s believed that psilocybin could one day be used to treat post traumatic stress disorder.
Past studies have shown that psilocybin can induce mystical experiences, improve mood, attitude, and behavior, and potentially alter your personality for the better. But another study shows that psilocybin decreases brain activity. Sanchez-Ramos have wondered about the role of psilocybin in short-term memories. The compound binds to receptors in the brain that stimulate new brain cell growth and, incidentally, the formation of short-term memories. The amount of psilocybin given to the mice was not enough to cause psychoactive effects – probably. The study’s authors admit that there’s no way to tell.
“Mice cannot tell you if they’re hallucinating or have altered states of consciousness,” Sanchez-Ramos told LiveScience. Good point
By law, psilocybin is a Schedule 1 drug, which places it with the most dangerous drugs on Earth with ‘no legitimate medical uses.’ Doing this kind of research in the US is challenging, but with enough pressure, we can get this kind of medication to people who need it.