Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound that’s known for “increased intensity of emotional experiences, increased introspection, and altered psychological functioning in the form of ‘hypnagogic experiences’ — a transitory state between wakefulness and sleep.”
Or, in simpler terms, people often experience feelings of strong emotion, delight, and a sense of openness and peace. Magic mushrooms will also cause visionary illusions, such as changes in light, shapes, and sound. You can even purchase magic mushrooms online.
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Effects of Magic Mushrooms
While still federally illegal (although two cities in the U.S. have decriminalized the fungi) magic mushrooms have been found to potentially help with anxiety and depression.
Healthline reports that early studies have shown magic mushrooms with the potential to support short, as well as long-term relief from depression. One of the researchers behind the study explained it best:
“The effect has been described as psilocybin shaking the brain up like a snow globe, or rebooting the brain, providing new connections and deactivating connections that might have caused depression.”
Indeed, between increased clinical trials approved by the FDA as a breakthrough therapy and steps towards further decriminalization, perhaps magic mushrooms might be making their way to medicinal use. Today, though, let’s focus on the magic of mushrooms that are a little bit different and full of unique benefits — and also completely legal.