Using psilocybin mushrooms to get a psychedelic trip is nothing new. People have been consuming them as a powerful hallucinogenic since 7,000-8,000 years ago. The Mayans, the Aztecs, or the pre-Christianity Siberian shamans used magic mushrooms in their religious rituals to commune with the spirit world. They got introduced to the West by the hippie trail of the 1950s-60s. The magical healing powers of the psychedelic mushrooms are on the news once again. The internet is literally buzzing with the shroom fever. There are a number of new scientific researches which show that psilocybin can be very effective in treating a range of medical conditions. More new studies and clinical trials are on the way. This article gives you an overview of what the scientists, psychedelic experts as well as the general users are saying about the shrooms. To know the latest psychedelic mushroom trends 2020 has been witnessing so far, keep reading this post.
Psychedelic mushroom trends 2020 – latest scientific research on the effects of psilocybin
In the last ten years or so there have been tons of scientific studies on the potential medicinal effects of the psychedelic mushrooms. The results of these studies have been so promising that further researches and clinical trials are now being conducted all across the world. Researchers are particularly interested in the effectiveness of psychedelic assisted therapy to treat a range of metal health conditions including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia, PTSD and others. Let’s see what the scientific community has to say about the possible therapeutic uses of magic mushrooms.
In the first ever human trial on psilocybin conducted in 2016, the researchers at the Imperial College of London found that magic mushrooms can be highly effective in reducing the depression, anxiety, demoralization and hopelessness in cancer patients. A recent follow up study has confirmed the original results and shown that psilocybin can have both immediate as well as long terms benefits for mental health.
Magic mushroom therapy, the studies show, can be highly effective in improving the emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being of patients with life-threatening cancer. Stephen Ross, MD in Psychiatry, the lead investigator of the pioneering study claims that ‘This approach has the potential to produce a paradigm shift in the psychological and existential care of patients with cancer, especially those with terminal illness’.Normally, traditional treatment of depression or anxiety involves antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds and psychotherapies. However, common antidepressant and anti-anxiety medicines can have various side-effects. Sometimes, clinical depression, especially in terminally ill patients, can be quite resistant to traditional treatments.
Psychedelic mushroom trends 2020: ‘A brave new world of psychedelic psychiatry’
One of the major problems with the anti-depressant meds is that their effects last as long as you are on them. Once you’re taken off your meds, their effects start to wear off and you begin to feel a range of withdrawal symptoms. David Nutt, a Neuropsychopharmacologist and a professor at the Imperial College of London, says that the anti-depressants don’t address the root causes of depression or anxiety. Psychedelic mushrooms, on the other hand, promises more effective and long-lasting relief. It is Nutt and his team of talented researchers who ran the second human trial of psilocybin at the Imperial College.
Currently, another team of researchers under Robin Carhart-Harris at the Centre of Psychedelics Researches, Londonis conducting a controlled group study with the hallucinogenic mushrooms. Similar studies are being run by the John Hopkins Center of Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. For these researchers, psilocybin can be a breakthrough treatment for treatment-resistant clinical depression and anxiety. Nutt calls it a ‘brave new world of psychedelic psychiatry’.
According to the psychedelic experts, microdosing psilocybin can be extremely helpful in enhancing focus, energy and creativity. One of the major psychedelic mushroom trends 2020 has been to use it as a wellness drug. In the last few years, a number of magic mushroom retreats have cropped up all around the world. The Global Wellness Institute, back in 2018, had already predicted this trend when it said that the “Brain resetting’ magic mushrooms will start to emerge from underground: more people will microdose them as creativity and brain boosters (a Silicon Valley “start-up” practice now spreading around the world)”.
Magic mushrooms therapy – a new investment trend to follow
Big pharma has already found a big investment opportunity in the magic mushrooms. The common antidepressants in the market are only effective in 40-60 per cent of cases and they come with a range of side-effects. Given the latest findings and trial results, it is no wonder that the pharma companies will turn their attention towards psilocybin. In 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) green lighted Compass Pathways to develop a synthetic psilocybin therapy. Right now, another renowned firm like the Champignon Brands is trying to bring out a psilocybin-based treatment for patients suffering from severe anxiety disorder and PTSD. There are other companies and agencies like the CaaMTech and the Imperial Center for Psychedelic Research attempting to do the same.
According to WHO, at least 25% of the world population suffers from mental health disorders like depression, trauma, stress and anxiety. That means a global market of 450 million potential psilocybin users which makes it an excellent investment opportunity. The movement to decriminalize magic mushrooms is fast gaining momentum across the globe. If you trust the market analysts, shroom stocks are exactly where you need to put your money in.
There is no doubt that psychedelic mushrooms constitute the latest trend in psychotherapy and depression treatment. Apart from the studies we mentioned above, there are psilocybin researches going on in Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, King’s College and at the laboratories of a number of pharma companies. While more research and human trials are required on the subject, so far we have every reason to be hopeful. So, watch out for the latest psychedelic mushrooms trends 2020. More positive news to come very soon!