Magic mushrooms can “reboot” depressed brain

Oct 28, 2017, 5:33 AM EDT
(Source: Ivan Turkouski/flickr)
(Source: Ivan Turkouski/flickr)

According to a new study by researchers at the Imperial College London, magic mushrooms can “reset” brain activity in patients suffering from depression. The researchers attribute the therapeutic effect to psilocybin, an active psychedelic compound present in magic mushrooms.

The patients, kept on psilocybin doses, recount their immediate experience as a sort of “reboot,” writes Futurism.

Researchers observed that the compound lets patients dissociate from their depressive states and lets the brain network re-integrate afterward, notes The Guardian. Despite a small sample size and absence of a control group, the findings of the study open new avenues for treatment of clinical depression.