A Cure for the Mind
The first mention of hallucinating mushrooms in mass media was in 1957 when American author and ethnomycologist Gordon Wasson published an article in Life magazine about “mushrooms that cause strange visions”.
Other mycologists, like Paul Stamets, continued studying various kinds of psychotropic mushrooms, but later on, the so-called “war on drugs” Richard Nixon declared in the 1970s, put a stop to almost all research in this regard.
Psychedelic mushrooms are those that contain psilocybin, a chemical compound that, when digested and transformed into psilocin, generates psychedelic experiences. In recent years, investigations have been focusing on the benefits these mushrooms have on our imagination and creativity. Furthermore, scientists have discovered that, if consumed in small doses, they are very effective in treating conditions related to our nervous systems like depression, trauma, stress, anxiety, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, autism spectrum disorders, and even addictions and eating disorders.
There is scientific evidence that indicates that following a microdose protocol produces an elongation of neurons that helps with neuronal recovery. It’s just a matter of time before this kind of treatment becomes common practice for doctors worldwide. In his latest book, This is your mind on plants, writer and journalist Michael Pollan writes: “As I write, psychedelics seem to be undergoing a change of identity. Since researchers have demonstrated that psilocybin can be useful in treating mental health, some psychedelics will probably soon become FDA-approved medicines: that is, recognized as more helpful than threatening to the functioning of society.”