Information about Medical Research on Psychedelic Mushrooms

 

Psychedelic mushrooms, often referred to as psilocybin mushrooms or simply as magic mushrooms, are fungus varieties that contain psilocybin, a compound that has many effects on the human body, one of them being to cause visual, auditory and often tactile hallucinations.

The hallucinogen features of these mushrooms have been recognized by humans thousands of years ago and were extensively used by shamans and healers in tribal communities in divination and other religious rituals. These hallucinogen features are also what has led to the implementation of strict legal regulations related to the usage and any kind of manipulation of these special fungi, but today, an increasing amount of scientific interest is directed towards other qualities of the mushrooms and the potentials that the compound has in the treatment of certain mental and physical conditions.

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According to a company that markets mushroom spores for golden teachers mushrooms and other types as well, here are some things to know about what some of the research programs focusing on the medicinal qualities of magic mushrooms have come up with so far.

A Potent Treatment for Depression

One of the major interests that inform the research related to magic mushrooms is towards the effects that the active compound in the mushroom has on depression sufferers. What scientists know so far is that the volunteers who were administered just one large dose or two micro-doses of psilocybin reported a significant and long-lasting improvement in their condition, manifesting in the form of a more optimistic, more positive attitude towards others and life in general, heightened energy levels, improved focus and concentration as well as improved empathy. A study conducted with the participation of patients suffering from terminal cancer also reported a significant improvement in their mood and attitude – an aspect that might have significant positive effects on their overall quality of life as well as on their prognosis.

Research to Calculate Ideal Dosage

Psilocybin can be administered in larger doses or in micro-doses, the hallucinogen effects emerging only with large doses. According to many researchers, the right micro-dose administered at regular interval can give the user all the positive effects that the compound has on overall health and mental and emotional well-being without any of the acute effects, such as hallucinations, so research is being conducted into figuring out the best dosage as well.

Help for People Addicted to Tobacco, Alcohol or Other Substances

Psilocybin is a non-addictive compound, which means that it can be efficiently used as an aid for those who need to or want to kick an addiction. So far, the compound has proved to be efficient in the treatment of tobacco addiction – studies conducted with the participation of long-time heavy smokers have revealed that the compound administered in tiny doses has helped the participants put down cigarettes as well as to stay away from tobacco products. The participants also reported an easy transition to a smoke-free life, without suffering from the withdrawal symptoms that made them return to smoking so many times before. The findings are opening up new pathways for research, potentially in the direction of how psilocybin can help in the case of alcohol and drug addictions.

The Most Appealing Mushrooms for Gourmet Cooking

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Mushrooms are types of fungi that consist of a stem and a cap, of formations that attach directly to a surface, without a stem or of fruiting bodies that grow completely under the surface of the soil. The kingdom of mushrooms is widespread all over the world and includes edible as well as poisonous varieties, with the category of edible mushrooms being further devisable into common and rare, very special, gourmet varieties. Here are some varieties belonging to either category – mushrooms that are common or rare, but all highly appreciated in gourmet cooking for the flavors, textures and colors they add to the dish they are used in.

Portobello Mushrooms

These large, brown-capped mushrooms are quite common and widespread, but they are much appreciated by even the most sophisticated chefs for their versatility and flavor. Very common in Italian cuisine, Portobello mushrooms make sauces darker and deeper, being just perfect for pasta dishes as well as for meat. Being large mushrooms, Portabellas are an excellent choice for grilled and stuffed recipes as well. Being an excellent source of proteins, Portobello mushrooms are a popular ingredient in vegetarian and vegan diets.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Another mushroom variety that is common, but at the same time very special, shiitake mushrooms can be used in fresh form as well as in dried form, the choice depending on the type of the dish as well as on the intensity of the flavor to be achieved. When used fresh, shiitake mushrooms can be made into delightful side dishes or added to salads and pasta; when used in dried form, they are usually added after being soaked into water or cut into very small pieces, in a way similar to the way we use herbs and spices.

Truffles

Consisting of a body that grows entirely underground, truffles are currently the most expensive mushroom varieties. Truffles have a characteristic, very strong flavor, a special, rich and earthy aroma that explains why they are mostly used as a spice in very elegant dishes.

Chanterelle Mushrooms

These beautiful mushrooms look like tiny, yellow or golden trumpets. They are difficult to cultivate, therefore they are usually gathered from forests. They are the most common in European and Australian cuisines, but are also very popular in the Pacific Northwest.

Chanterelles add a kind of flavorful, textured elegance to any dish. Chefs often choose to add them to their risottos and they are often used in cream sauces to accompany red meat dishes, especially steaks. In grilled form, they go very well with seafood.

Beech Mushroom

These cute-looking mushrooms grow in large clusters of tiny, capped stems and they are appreciated and popular for their crunchiness and for their sweet, slightly nutty flavor. They are very versatile, too, great for adding texture and aroma to stir fries, salads or sauces. They are especially great grilled – the direct contact with the smoke and the heat brings out all the sweetness and nuttiness and also packs some smokiness.

Oyster Mushrooms

A staple in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, oyster mushrooms are white and fan shaped and they grow in clusters. Their delicate flavor and mild odor blend very well and harmoniously into any dish.

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