I was surfing the net the other day and read an article on “magic mushrooms” and the 1 psychedelic compound that occurs in them, being used in treating mental health disorders. Magic mushrooms and mental health
I was surfing the net the other day and read an article on “magic mushrooms” and the psychedelic compound that occurs in them, being used in treating mental health disorders.
Then I looked up ongoing studies for them, and thought…”Sign me up!!” I found some, but they weren’t recruiting, weren’t open yet, or were closed . I’m going to keep looking.
Not just because I want to get high…I don’t like being high, and have NEVER tried anything that creates hallucinations, or the such. I’ve had one experience with hallucinations, from an adverse reaction to a medication, and I did NOT like it. But I’m willing to try almost anything to help with my mental health struggles. Which lately have been a little bitch.
A news release from John Hopkins states “Previous studies by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers showed that psychedelic treatment with psilocybin relieved major depressive disorder symptoms in adults for up to a month. Now, in a follow-up study of those participants, the researchers report that the substantial antidepressant effects of psilocybin-assisted therapy, given with supportive psychotherapy, may last at least a year for some patients.” Sourced from here.
This is a big deal to me, because it’s shows a plant, helping. It is fungus…a mushroom, and it helps with psychiatric diagnoses. The reason behind my excitement is drawn directly from serious adverse reactions to psych meds, that landed me in the ER, more than once.
(Search my site here.)
In 2019 I had a gene sight test done, to see what medications would “work” for me. Aside from learning about the MTHFR C677T polymorphism, that test has been about 90% incorrect. But, when reading it, completely, which can be mind numbing, it contradicts itself in those findings, about medication compatibility. “Rolls eyes”….imagine that. It’s says in one section that I can take certain meds, then in another section that I could have reactions to those same meds.
So, I’m basically always looking for a natural way to help my depression and ptsd symptoms. I currently take cbd, and d-9 hemp gummies to help now. Those are the only ones that are legal in my back-ass-wards state. But they help, so I take them. I only take one psych medication for breakthrough episodes. It is technically a benzo, but it’s the only one I can take, that really helps with both anxiety and depression. Yes, for me Xanax has small antidepressant properties. It’s not because it makes me feel high or euphoric, because it doesn’t feel like that.. I can’t explain why, but it helps, and it doesn’t always have the same affect every time. It only really helps during really bad times when my symptoms are overwhelming. It can make me sleepy, but doesn’t always. Here’s a publication on alprazolam helping with MDD. I don’t take very many, because there is a chance of intolerance, but as of late, I haven’t shown any symptoms of that occurring. I do have a diagnosis of MDD, along with some others.
Back to Shrooms…..the study stated as follows: “All 24 participants attended all follow-up visits through the 12-month timepoint. Large decreases from baseline in GRID-HAMD scores were observed at 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up (Cohen d = 2.3, 2.0, 2.6, and 2.4, respectively). Treatment response (⩾50% reduction in GRID-HAMD score from baseline) and remission were 75% and 58%, respectively, at 12 months. There were no serious adverse events judged to be related to psilocybin in the long-term follow-up period, and no participants reported psilocybin use outside of the context of the study. Participant ratings of personal meaning, spiritual experience, and mystical experience after sessions predicted increased well-being at 12 months, but did not predict improvement in depression.” Cited directly from this source.
They’ve been doing research on this for over 20 years. (I’m thinking about my post on the Covid vaccinations now…) And state that any significant findings are going to be found in the long term studies, and warn people to not go off eating mushrooms on their own. (Hmmmmmm…….so any significant findings and results won’t be “legit” until AFTER many many years of study. This should apply to everything, but I digress.)
There’s got to be something natural out there that can help. I have found ketamine treatments, and was signed up to get them, but my insurance didn’t cover it, and I couldn’t afford $400 a pop at least 4 times a month. (I’lll do another post on that later. ) I’ve talked with my therapist about ECT treatments as well, because it’s gotten so bad that I’m willing to shock my brain to get relief. (I haven’t done it yet, and it’s not like the old days, where a person feels it. They sedate you, and it’s pain free.)
Off to look for open shroom studies! 😁
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