Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin mushrooms are fungi that contain the psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin. Some species also contain analogues of these compounds in addition to them, namely baeocystin and norbaeocystin. There are multiple colloquial terms for psilocybin mushrooms, the most common being shrooms and magic mushrooms.[1] Biological genera containing psilocybin mushrooms include Agrocybe, Conocybe, Copelandia, Galerina, Gerronema, Gymnopilus, Hypholoma, Inocybe, Mycena, Panaeolus, Pluteus, and Psilocybe. There are approximately 190 species of psilocybin mushrooms and most of them fall in the genus Psilocybe.

Psilocybin mushrooms were used in ancient times, and were depicted in rock paintings. Many native peoples have used mushrooms for religious purposes, rituals and healing. In modern day society they are often used to evoke a psychedelic high, which is sometimes described as a mystical or spiritual experience. Sometimes however, the disorientation of psilocybin and psilocin's psychedelic effects may bring on anxiety such as panic attacks, depression and paranoid delusions.[citation needed] However, recent studies done at the Imperial College of London and also at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine conclude that when used properly, psilocybin acts as an anti-depressant as suggested by fMRI brain scans. [2]

Psilocybin mushrooms are fungi that contain the psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin. Some species also contain analogues of these compounds in addition to them, namely baeocystin and norbaeocystin. There are multiple colloquial terms for psilocybin mushrooms, the most common being shrooms and magic mushrooms.[1] Biological genera containing psilocybin mushrooms include Agrocybe, Conocybe, Copelandia, Galerina, Gerronema, Gymnopilus, Hypholoma, Inocybe, Mycena, Panaeolus, Pluteus, and Psilocybe. There are approximately 190 species of psilocybin mushrooms and most of them fall in the genus Psilocybe.

Psilocybin mushrooms were used in ancient times, and were depicted in rock paintings. Many native peoples have used mushrooms for religious purposes, rituals and healing. In modern day society they are often used to evoke a psychedelic high, which is sometimes described as a mystical or spiritual experience. Sometimes however, the disorientation of psilocybin and psilocin's psychedelic effects may bring on anxiety such as panic attacks, depression and paranoid delusions.[citation needed] However, recent studies done at the Imperial College of London and also at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine conclude that when used properly, psilocybin acts as an anti-depressant as suggested by fMRI brain scans. [2]