Psilocybin mushrooms have potential medical uses in the treatment of mental illnesses and disorders such as depression, anxiety, alcoholism and PTSD, and potential therapeutic uses for things like counselling and even grief.

Numerous studies have been carried out (most notably by David Nutt and Imperial College, London) into the usefulness of psilocybin mushrooms, particularly in the treatment of depression. The findings of these studies show a high correlation between controlled psilocybin experiences and the lessening of depression in subjects, sometimes from as little as one psilocybin experience.

Studies have also shown a correlation between microdosing psilocybin (consuming a dose far smaller than that which would produce psychedelic effects) and the treatment of smaller conditions like migraines and cluster headaches. However, there is very little research into microdosing at this moment in time and many believe the effects to be purely placebo.

Medical administration of psilocybin for the purposes of treatment should only be carried out by registered professionals and you should not attempt medical use of psilocybin yourself.

Research on psilocybin therapy continues — for more detailed information on the medical applications of psilocybin, based on clinical trials, click here.

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