Magic mushrooms have been used among indigenous peoples of America and Europe for over 9, 000 years for both spiritual and medicinal purposes.
These days, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that psilocybin is an effective treatment for PTSD, migraines, depression, OCD as well as substance use disorders such as nicotine and alcohol addictions. Studies have also shown they’re effective for relieving the end-of-life existential anguish of people with terminal diagnoses.
There is also evidence that psychedelics like this can increase natural neurogenesis/neuroplasticity in the human brain. In other words, psilocybin allows neurons to use connections that they would not normally use, creating new neural pathways. The brain then becomes more flexible and adaptive. We discover completely new ways of thinking about everything and make connections we wouldn’t normally make, becoming more creative.
What is Psilocybin (For the science nerds)
Psilocybin is actually a prodrug which means it’s a biologically inactive compound. When consumed, the body metabolizes it into psilocin, also known as 4-Hydroxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine, 4-HO-DMT and 4-OH-DMT, a psychedelic substance of the tryptamine class and a closely related structural analog of the powerful visionary entheogen, DMT.
Psilocin was first isolated and named by Albert Hofmann in 1958. Its psychoactivity is thought to emerge from the close chemical similarities with the neurotransmitter serotonin, which enables it to interact with a range of serotonin receptor sites throughout the brain that are integral for sensory and cognitive processes, and that control imagination, reflection and introspection.
Psilocybin-assisted therapy is about ingesting psilocybin alongside psychological support. It usually includes a pre-consultation call, followed by an 8-hour psychedelic experience followed by a post consultation call for further integration a few days afterward, all with the intent of healing and metamorphosis. There is a separate option to do further work with an integration therapist.
Two important issues to work through are about set and setting. Set is about mindset – perhaps a specific diet a week or so beforehand, along with a lot of meditation or journalling to set an intention. It is said that once the participant decides to have the psychedelic experience, that the pant medicine is already working in the ethers pulling together what is needed for his or her healing at this time. Setting is about the physical and social setting. Our two trained guides will be with you during the psychedelic session and we offer a safe and calm atmosphere in which to take your journey.
Especially if you are new to this, we will suggest ways to be and how to handle issues that may arise, such as always focusing on the heart centre, to be curious especially if something is frightening or if there is a pathway or door. Never fear what has been called a “bad trip” because it invariably always has something to teach us. The scenario it portrays is brought up for a reason.
Guide to Psilocybin Use
And we would be remiss if we didn’t direct you toward a Magic Mushroom Guide should you choose to decide to go it “unofficial.” Have a look and if you have any questions, we’re always happy to help.