- Main Ingredient in Magic Mushrooms
- Magic Mushrooms Stimulate Creativity
- Magic Mushrooms Make You Spiritual
- Magic Mushrooms Are Safe
Magic mushrooms grow naturally and have been ingested by humans for thousands of years. They have been used in religious ceremonies but nowadays, they’re ingested recreationally because of their hallucinogenic properties.
Have you ever wondered how shrooms affect your brain? This video from AsapSCIENCE’s YouTube channel explains it all.
The video explains that the effects of magic mushrooms are because of their main psychoactive agent – psilocybin.
When psilocybin is ingested in shrooms, it’s broken down to psilocin and it makes its way to the brain where it disrupts the reabsorption of serotonin thereby increasing the amount of serotonin – the brain’s chemical messenger that carries signals between brain cells. Psilocybin also has a similar structure with serotonin which allows it to bind to brain receptors and stimulate the brain.
The increased stimulation causes the brain to see hallucinations. These hallucinations under the influence of magic mushrooms can range drastically from visual to auditory distortions to mystical and insightful experiences.
In general, these hallucinations are enjoyable but because the drug alters your sense of time, its effects may seem longer than the actual 3 to 8 hours.
Psilocybin also inhibits regular brain connections and creates new stable connections. This amplifies your thought processes. It also activates the areas of the brain which are associated with dreaming. Emotional regions are also stimulated which gives on the sense of expanding consciousness.
As the drug changes your brain’s information highway, thinking outside the box becomes second nature.
In a famous U.S. study, 36 participants ingested psilocybin and were observed in a laboratory. They all agreed the experience is one of their lives’ most spiritually significant events. Two months after taking psilocybin, 79% of the test subjects believe they have higher levels of well-being and satisfaction. An interview with their friends and relatives backed up these claims.
Shrooms need to undergo more research but they are not considered clinically addictive. They also cause little toxicity to the body’s organ systems. A U.K. study compared magic mushrooms to other recreational drugs and found out it caused the least amount of damage both to the individual and the others.
Scientists agree the laws need to change about clinically testing psilocybin so that advanced research can be carried out to fully understand the positive and negative of this magic fungus on people’s brain.