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posted by janrinok on Sunday November 30 2014, @11:51PM   Printer-friendly
from the available-on-prescription? dept.

I may start growing 'shrooms in my dark and dank pantry and get off Celexa after reading this New York Times article about what may be the medicinal qualities of magic mushrooms:

A study published last month in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface compared M.R.I.s of the brains of subjects injected with psilocybin [the psychoactive agent in magic mushrooms] with scans of their normal brain activity. The brains on psilocybin showed radically different connectivity patterns between cortical regions (the parts thought to play an important role in consciousness). The researchers mapped out these connections, revealing the activity of new neural networks between otherwise disconnected brain regions.

The researchers suspect that these unusual connections may be responsible for the synaesthetic experience trippers describe, of hearing colors, for example, and seeing sounds. The part of the brain that processes sound may be connecting to the part of the brain that processes sight. The study’s leader [said that] his team doubted that this psilocybin-induced connectivity lasted. They think they are seeing a temporary modification of the subject’s brain function.

The fact that under the influence of psilocybin the brain temporarily behaves in a new way may be medically significant in treating psychological disorders like depression. “When suffering depression, people get stuck in a spiral of negative thoughts and cannot get out of it,” [the study's leader] said. “One can imagine that breaking any pattern that prevents a ‘proper’ functioning of the brain can be helpful.” Think of it as tripping a breaker or rebooting your computer.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by mendax on Monday December 01 2014, @03:17AM

    by mendax (2840) on Monday December 01 2014, @03:17AM (#121386)

    This advice may be indicated for larger hallucinogenic amounts of psilocybin, but perhaps not in smaller, medicinal doses. After all, pseudophedrine in small doses will stop your runny nose without putting you to sleep. Large amounts are an hallucinogen, which is why the FDA requires the placing of small amounts of ipecac or some other nasty shit to cause you to vomit it up if you take a large dose. And, of course, it can be cooked in a chemistry lab and used as a component of meth which is why it's harder to get these days.

    It's really quite a simple choice: Life, Death, or Los Angeles.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 02 2014, @12:40AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 02 2014, @12:40AM (#121688)

    Pseudo ephedrine is not an hallucinogenic., you will die before tripping unless you're on maoi then you will trip before you die