The Aztecs called them Teonanacatl, scientists call them Psilocybe, youngsters call them shrooms… Regardless their denominations, magic mushrooms are well-known for their mind-altering effects.
They have been used for centuries by Native Americans of South America, in religious ceremonies, along with other organic hallucinogens such as peyote. It was believed that these substances facilitate the communication with the gods.
It was only in 1958 that psilocybin has been isolated and synthesized. In the 1960s, psilocybin began to be tested for use in psychotherapy and clinical psychiatry, but because of its similarities to LSD, it soon became a Schedule 1 drug. This was a big step back for the research, which made funding more difficult. Eventually, research declined, but has been resuscitated more recently, when new studies revealed the medical potential of psilocybin in the treatment of mental health issues.
Some entities do not consider psilocybin to be addictive, considering that it does not induce compulsive drug-seeking behavior.
The psychedelic revolution is coming. After decades of criminalization, psychedelics seem to be almost ready to enter mainstream psychiatry. With substance abuse and mental illness spreading across the country, the need for new treatments is more urgent than ever.
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