By Bob McCauley
In the 1970’s when I was growing up I knew people who had taken “magic mushrooms” to get high. They reported the “amazing, cool, totally awesome” experiences they had taking them. I did not indulge, in part because I don’t want stuff messing with my mind or changing who I am. I like who I am. I’m certainly not perfect, but at least I’m likable.
Now scientists have determined that psilocybin can possible help people with depression and change the criminal mind. I don’t know if you feel the “high” with the psilocybin, which has been synthesized, or you don’t get that. Either way, it’s good to know that a mushroom mostly known by druggies, and has been used in Native American spirit ceremonies, has a practical use.
The findings come from a study in which researchers from Imperial College London used psilocybin – the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms – to treat a small number of patients with depression in whom conventional treatment had failed. Medical Express
Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial, who led the study, said: “We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments. “Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted’. Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.” Medical Express
Here is a excerpt concerning the reduction in criminality:
Having ever used a classic psychedelic was associated with a 27 percent decrease in the odds of committing larceny/theft, a 12 percent decrease in the odds of committing assault, a 22 percent decrease in the odds of arrest for a property crime, and an 18 percent decrease in the odds of arrest for a violent crime in the past year. Illicit use of other substances, in contrast, was largely associated with an increased likelihood of criminal behavior at or above the trend level. Medical Express