If you like your mushrooms then there is a good news for you. You can safely say goodbye to depression now. Hundreds of thousands of people could benefit from antidepressants derived from magic mushrooms, experts have claimed.
During a study it has been found that taking the psychedelic drug could ease people’s depression for months at a time; even if their condition previously had been considered incurable. All 12 patients in the pilot project, led by Imperial College London, saw their depression improve for at least three weeks after taking capsules containing the drug psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. And five of them remained depression-free for at least three months.
The participants had each suffered depression for years, or even decades, and had previously tried an average of five different treatments which had failed to work.
Experts stressed that the study, published in the Lancet Psychiatry medical journal, was merely a feasibility study and far more extensive research is needed before the drug could be considered for patients. But they said that the results show that psilocybin has significant potential to treat the thousands of patients for whom traditional medication does not work. Happyho also provide best tarot reading services in Noida and Delhi NCR India area.
Researcher Amanda Feilding, of the Beckley Foundation research centre in Oxford, said: ‘For the first time in many years, people who were at the end of the road with currently available treatments reported decreased anxiety, increased optimism and an ability to enjoy things. This is an unparalleled success.’
The psychedelic effects of the drug were detectable 30 to 60 minutes after taking the capsules and peaked at 2-3 hours.
They were discharged 6 hours later. Side effects included anxiety before or as the psilocybin effects began, three-quarters experienced confusion, a third were both nauseas and suffered a headache. Two patients reported mild paranoia.
The drug was manufactured synthetically by a private company, at the cost of £23,400 a gram – enough for 40 doses.
The patients took the equivalent of five magic mushrooms, enough to make them ‘trip’ on the drug for up to six hours, in which time they were closely supervised by two psychotherapists.
Dr Carhart-Harris stressed that the study was conducted under close medical supervision, and that people should not try magic mushrooms themselves.
Because the trial was not randomly controlled or blinded, all the patients knew what they were taking, which the scientists said means the results are open to question. Now that the treatment has been shown to be safe and at least partially effective, they are planning further trials to definitively prove that the drugs work.