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Psilocybin Treatment

What is Psilocybin?

Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound that occurs naturally. It is produced by many species of mushrooms, which are referred to as psilocybin mushrooms. As a prodrug, the body turns psilocybin into psilocin. This has mind-altering effects that mimic LSD, mescaline, and DMT. The general effects of psilocin are euphoria, changes in perception, visual and mental hallucinations, a spiritual experience, and a distorted sense of time. Other adverse reactions can occur such as nausea and panic attacks.

What are the consequences of using Psilocybin?

Some consider Psilocybin to be an entheogen, a tool for supplementing practices for religious transcendence, meditation, and Psychonauts. The duration and intensity of Psilocybin’s effects are variable. This depends on the species of mushrooms, how much is ingested, and individual body makeup. After ingestion, the body turns Psilocybin into Psilocin, which acts on the brain’s serotonin receptors. The resulting mind-altering effects last anywhere from two to six hours. This may seem longer to the user, however, as the drug alters one’s sense of time. There has been scientific research on the potential therapeutic benefits of Psilocybin in treating conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, cluster headaches, and cancer-related anxiety.

Signs and Symptoms of Psilocybin abuse.

Psilocybin is not physically addicting. The possibility of psychological addiction is present, however. Users of Psilocybin may exhibit signs such as dilated pupils, increase or loss of appetite, hypothermia, nausea, vomiting, increased heart rate, impaired motor skills, stomach pain, and rapid breathing. This covers the physical effects, but there are psychological effects as well. These include flashbacks, severe emotions, panic attacks, depression, Schizophrenia, psychosis, and paranoid delusions. Many of these effects will last the duration of the drug. Typically, the effects lessen shortly after the drug is out of the system.

Effects of Psilocybin Abuse

There are possibilities of dangerous situations arising when abusing Psilocybin. The psychological effects can be hazardous. There is often a psychological fallout with the misuse of Psilocybin. Use of this drug can cause had adverse consequences on the body, such as short-term memory loss, extreme paranoia, unwanted hallucinations, and the onset of schizophrenia. A user must also consider the various outcomes Psilocybin can have in other areas of life. Loss of family, loss of career, and the loss of stability, both financially and emotionally. Additionally, using Psilocybin can result in a prison sentence.

What are the withdraw symptoms of Psilocybin?

Psilocybin does not cause any physiologic addiction. However, long-term abusers of Psilocybin who are going through withdraw may experience depression, flashbacks, or insomnia. Unexpected flashbacks can be brought on by stress, fatigue, or other mind-altering drugs such as alcohol or marijuana. However, there is not yet any documented evidence of withdrawal symptoms of Psilocybin.

Information on Illicit Drugs was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by Treatment Network

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