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5 Fun Facts about Magic Mushrooms

Shrooms aren't just for your typical high.

Psilocybin mushrooms, popularly known as magic mushrooms, liberty cap, boomers, or shrooms, belong to the fungi plant species. It has hallucinogenic compounds that give users a brain-boosting feeling of euphoria. When you see these mushrooms for the first time, they do not look extraordinary or magical.

Despite its usual appearance, like how any other mushroom looks, there are fun facts about magic mushrooms. These are:

1. Magic Mushrooms Grow New Brain Cells

black-outline-of-the-human-brainDiscoveries from scientific studies have proven that doses of psilocybin have the advantage of growing new brain cells. It also stimulates the hippocampus, which is responsible for the brain’s memory and emotions.

This growth is caused by its capability to boost brain cell’s production and form short-term memory retention. This process is called Neurogenesis, which means the development of neurons, referred to as new brain cells. 

2. Mushrooms can Help Fight Various Addictions

Magic mushrooms are also known as psychedelic drugs because of their effectiveness in treating alcohol, cigarette, cocaine, and cannabis addiction. Some treatment requires a clinical or rehabilitation program that involves cognitive behavior therapy while introducing psilocybin.

Shrooms allow a person to combat addiction to other types of drugs. Studies show that it makes users reflect on their dependence on such addictive drugs and may even make them realize their dependency.

3. Magic Mushrooms can Lead to a Positive Personality

man-in-denim-jumping-happily-on-a-streetAnother function of a psychedelic drug is to alter the feelings and perceptions of a person. Studies show that this a long-term effect of psilocybin. It can shift a person’s personality over some time.

One of the most significant changes that happen to a person is his openness. Openness connotes being imaginative, creative, and appreciative. As a general result, a person’s ego diminishes and turns to a positive effect on the person. Which becomes a permanent shift in a person’s personality.

4. There a more than a Hundred Types of Psychedelic Mushroom Species

From grassy fields to forests, mushrooms exist in more than 200 species. Psilocybe Cubensis is the most popular when talking about shrooms. It is easy to cultivate them, and they have a widespread distribution.

Psilocybe Cubensis is the largest family in terms of all magic mushroom species; Psilocybe azurescens has the highest psilocybin content, and next to it is psilocybe bohemica. These are some of the many species that shrooms have. All these species contain both psilocybin and psilocin, compounds that are responsible for causing hallucinations. 

5. Magic Mushrooms has Mental Health Benefits

man-holding-his-head-having-a-nervous breakdownResearchers suggest that these psychedelic fungi have several effects on health. Dosage varies depending on the type of mushroom. In addition to personality change, it is an alternative to alleviate Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and anxiety.

Although the psychedelic component will not come up in drug tests, the use of psilocybin for mental health should be a therapeutic program.  Cases of overdose and lack of preparation lead to experiences of a “bad trip” and withdrawals.

 

These are the interesting facts about magic mushrooms. Still, despite that, it is accepted as a supplement in medical treatment, there can be potential abuse if not taken at the proper dosage. Therefore, the use of magic mushrooms should be moderated and done with care. Read on to learn how to prepare for when you’re taking shrooms.

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