A growing body of evidence suggests that mushrooms can be effective in treating a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Previous studies by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers showed that psychedelic treatment with psilocybin relieved major depressive disorder symptoms in adults for up to a month.
Recently, there are very impressive studies discussing the positive impact on micro-dosing on severe cases of depression and PTSD.
How Do Mushrooms Work in the Brain?
Mushrooms seem to work in the brain by affecting neurochemicals like serotonin and dopamine. This can help to improve moods and reduce symptoms of depression. Additionally, mushrooms seem to help with trauma by reducing stress hormones and increasing GABA levels. GABA is a neurochemical that helps to calm the nervous system.
Overall, mushrooms seem to be helpful for both depression and trauma, thereby affecting neurochemicals in the brain, which can improve moods and reduce symptoms. Additionally, they can help to calm the nervous system, which is a huge aid to the chronic anxiety that comes from trauma. This provides a promising alternative to medications with strong side effects.
Mushrooms are unique among plants in that they contain compounds called polysaccharides which can boost the immune system and help fight off diseased cells. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that certain types of mushrooms can help prevent or treat deadly disease. Some studies have even found that mushrooms can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
In addition to these therapeutic uses, mushrooms are being studied as a way to enhance cognition and reduce brain fog. Paul Stamets, an expert mycologist has developed the "Stamet’s Protocol," which involves stacking different types of mushrooms with Lion's Mane, a medicinal mushroom shown to have profound cognitive-enhancing properties. I myself drink Dave Asprey’s “The High Achiever” coffee, which has a dose of Lion’s Mane in it. Studies indicate that this protocol may be effective in improving memory, concentration, and focus.
Micro-dosing with mushrooms are increasingly being used to unlock creativity, unblock the third eye (6th chakra), and facilitate a spiritual awakening. Though the therapeutic effects of mushrooms on these issues are still under investigation, many people believe that they can be effective in helping to open up new possibilities in one's life. If you're looking for a way to go beyond your current level of consciousness and experience something truly transformative, mushrooms may be just what you need.
Legalization for Use for Therapy
There has been dramatic movement in this area recently, with organizations like MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) leading the charge as they have been advocating for the legalization of psychedelics since the 1980s and providing consistent groundbreaking research for decades.
Mushrooms are legal for therapy uses in the United States. In Europe, there are also a handful of countries where mushrooms have been legalized for therapeutic use, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Switzerland. In Canada, psychedelic mushrooms have been decriminalized in certain cities like Vancouver and Victoria.
With more and more countries beginning to take steps towards legalization, the future of psychedelic therapy looks increasingly bright. As Joe Rogan has said: “We have a chance to create something beautiful with psychedelics—a new way of healing ourselves and our planet”.
Mushrooms have been around for millions of year, and used for their medicinal properties for as long as culture has been around. We're finally catching up to what ancient mystics and sages have known for thousands of years.
What about mushrooms and deeper consciousness development?
Stoned Ape Hypothesis
The fungus kingdom is responsible for some of the most dramatic changes in evolutionary history. Mushrooms and other fungi have been responsible for everything from the evolution of plants to the development of multicellular life.
The stoned ape hypothesis is a theory of human evolution that suggests that the human brain was enlarged as a result of eating psychedelic mushrooms. This enlargement allowed for the development of consciousness, which in turn led to humans becoming the dominant species on Earth.
Psychedelic mushrooms are believed to be one of the oldest forms of hallucinogenic drugs, and they may have played a role in human evolution. Some scientists believe that consuming these mushrooms led to an increase in brain size, which allowed for the development of consciousness.
The stoned ape hypothesis offers another perspective on the development of consciousness and how human’s evolved exponentially faster than any other species on earth.