Are psychedelic mushrooms good or bad for your health? | The Tylt
Are psychedelic mushrooms good or bad for your health?
The city of Denver is working to decriminalize possession of psychedelic mushrooms. According to researchers, mushrooms offer a number of benefits with little danger attached. Per The Atlantic's James Hamblin:
...researchers at Johns Hopkins University recently found that [psychedelic mushrooms] pose no risk of creating physical dependence and a low risk of abuse and harm.
In academia, clinical research on psychedelics is surging back into vogue, with at least some data now suggesting benefits for depression, anxiety, cluster headaches, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and pain, among other conditions.
Mushrooms are classified as Schedule I drugs, meaning they "were considered dangerous and without any medical use," which researchers say has actually inhibited research and any possible discovery of medical benefits.
According to a history in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, making psychedelic drugs Schedule I was “not based on any consideration of their physical harms, but on the assumption that there were no medical benefits.” And how could there ever be, if research was to be so limited?
It's time to identify the full range of possibilities for mushrooms and the positive impact they might have.
While psilocybin, the mind-altering compound found in mushrooms, is not addictive, there is danger in its power. On DrugRehab.com, psychedelic mushrooms are designated as having a high potential for abuse, and according to DrugAbuse.com, the use of psilocybin can lead to panic attacks, impaired judgement and, obviously, hallucinations.
Persistent psychosis can occur in psilocybin users. This condition may manifest with a number of mental symptoms, such as paranoia, volatile mood, disorganized thought patterns, and visual disturbances.