Psilocybin for Healing
Psilocybin has been found to breed new insights into the mind and in helping to break free of negativity and intransigence. By freeing the brain of established rigid patterns and ego-driven assumptions, psilocybin offers a new perspective on the world and one’s self.
New research is helping us to understand specifically how psilocybin works its unique magic. A recent study found that following psilocybin treatment “the brain’s organizational framework changes allowing information to pass into new and underused neural networks.” These new connections relax the constraints on brain function, ascribing a more flexible cognition quality. This builds on other evidence on how psilocybin can rewire the brain, showing that more neural activity occurs in the hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex; the areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory.
These new pathways help explain why psilocybin is useful in combating mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Those who get into a mode of depressive thinking are seen to have become accustomed to negative and reactive thought processes that may not be serving them well.
By building these new highways across the brain, Psilocybin allows people to shake lose their old assumptions and stimulus-response reactions; in effect, resetting the brains emotional patterns.
A study conducted at Johns Hopkins University found that a majority of subjects who took psilocybin had positive personality changes that lasted beyond a year. Virtually all of the participants in the study stated that the experience was one of the most meaningful events of their lives.
“Psilocybin is an amazing tool for unlocking the mysteries of human consciousness. The core feature of this mystical experience is a strong sense of inter-connectedness to all things, a rising sense of self-confidence, clarity and communal responsibility, altruism and social justice. Understanding the nature of these effects and their consequences, may very well be the key to survival of the human species.”
Dr. Roland Griffiths (Johns Hopkins University)