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For years, Magic Mushrooms have been thought of a recreational drug that many used to get high and that is one of the reasons that the world of medicine has tried to keep as far away from them as possible. However, a team of researchers at Imperial College London found out that this drug can be very helpful when it comes to treating severe depression.
Psilocybin, an active component in Magic Mushrooms, was administered to a group of 12 volunteers (6 male and 6 female) who have been suffering from depression for 17.8 years on average. These individuals had undergone different treatments for depression but to no avail. The researchers found that the volunteers started showing signs of improvements within three weeks. That’s not all: 5 of the 12 patients went into remission within three months. This remission rate is unprecedented and stands in contrast to the 20 percent remission rate of what is thought to be the best shot against depression – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI).
The results of the study are promising but there are a few issues, for instance, the research group consisted of only 12 people. That’s not a large enough number to say anything conclusively. In addition to this, there was no placebo administered during the study to validate the result.
If the same results can be recreated over a large sample size then this study bodes very well for those who suffer from depression. Not only that, it could also simplify the process of acquiring these mushrooms for medical purposes.