A new study by The University of South Florida has found that low doses of the active ingredient in magic mushrooms repairs brain damage caused by extreme trauma, offering renewed hope to millions of sufferers of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).The study confirms previous research by Imperial College London, that psilocybin, a naturally occurring compound present in “shrooms”, stimulates new brain cell growth and erases frightening memories. Mice conditioned to fear electric shock when hearing a noise associated with the shock “simply lost their fear”, says Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, who co-authored the study. A low dose of psilocybin led them to overcome “fear conditioning” and the freeze response associated with it faster than the group of mice on Ketanserin (a drug that counteracts the receptor that binds psilocybin in the brain) and a control group on saline.
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There are also two main perspectives on the psychedelic experience: The Shulgin School —which maintains that psychedelics only catalyze the availability of information that exists in your own mind, and The McKenna School —which maintains that psychedelics facilitate access to the domain of the idea or spirit through which you can contact entities that are extrinsic to oneself and gain otherwise inaccessible information.
As an anthropologist, I try to respect the beliefs of those who curate knowledge of sacred plant traditions and my experience with many plant based psychedelics (ie. Salvia divinorum, Amanita muscaria, Psilocybe cubensis, etc) is that they have distinct personalities personalities that I do not recognize as aspects of my own mind, which is something that I don’t get from many Research Chemicals. This could also represent between the difference in terms like Psychedelic vs Entheogen; although, I personally don’t like the term entheogen. Phenomenologically, I think it’s fine to describe my experiences as they present themselves to me without having to make ontological conclusions about whether it’s all in my head or taking place on a distinct hyperspatial plane.