What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is a naturally-occurring psychedelic compound and the
main active ingredient in
By activating serotonin
receptors in the brain,
psilocybin can significantly
alter an individual’s mood,
cognition, and perception.
Psilocybin has been used for thousands of years for spiritual, cultural and medicinal purposes,
and is not naturally addictive.
Psilocybin-producing mushrooms also contain psilocin, baeocystin, norbaeocystin,
and beta-carbolines – compounds that can enhance the effect of psilocybin,
in what is known as the “entourage effect.”
In 2018, researchers from Johns Hopkins University recommended reclassification of the
drug from Schedule I to Schedule IV in order to allow for medical use.
Studies suggest that psilocybin can be used to treat many conditions including
cancer-related psychiatric distress, depression, anxiety,
nicotine addiction, and substance use disorders.
Psilocybin producing mushrooms have had a much greater research focus
over the past few years, and best outcomes may come from organic therapy
mushrooms containing all active compounds.
“Psychedelic research has been thought of
as ‘fringe’ for a long time.
But there’s nothing ‘fringe’ about PTSD,”
stated Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy and PXG,
one of many Silicon Valley executives
who has invested in psychedelic research.
“There are millions of people with PTSD in the U.S. alone,
and that includes veterans like me, first responders like
those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,
and survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
All of them deserve better, significantly more effective
treatment options than we give them today.”