A small-scale study at London‘s Imperial College has had promising results after attempting to treat 12 patients with treatment-resistant depression with psilocybin, the compound in magic mushrooms that makes you lose your mind and see God in the carpet.
Six women and six men, whose depression couldn’t be successfully treated with standard treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy or medication, were given two doses seven days apart and closely monitored all throughout the process.
Three months after the treatment, seven of the patients still showed a positive response, with five still going strong in the period afterwards.
Patients reported having profound experiences that changed their worldview, which sounds a lot like what everyone that does psychedelics will tell you.
Lead researcher Robin Carhart-Harris says that while the results were positive, people shouldn’t get carried away:
“This isn’t a magic bullet. We’re just learning how to do this treatment.”
WHO reports that 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide, with 20% of those showing resistant to most forms of treatment.
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