Science & technology

Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation linked to brain connectivity changes and persisting positive effects

PsyPost article about how new research indicates that psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation is associated with changes in functional brain connectivity and these changes are related to an altered state of consciousness known as ego dissolution

REBUS and the anarchic brain: toward a unified model of the brain action of psychedelics

Research paper by Robin Carhart-Harris and K. J. Friston from the Centre for Psychedelic Research, London, looking at the action of psychedelics by integrating the free-energy principle and entropic brain hypothesis

Mushrooms emerge from underground

“Magic mushrooms show promise to treat depression and anxiety–and major academic institutions and Silicon Valley are stepping up research and investment. The wellness travel space, in very creative ways, is moving from experiential to truly emotional and transformative travel”

‘Magic mushroom’ drug lifts depression in first human trial

An Imperial College London proof of concept study on psilocybin for treatment resistant depression has interesting results. The hallucinogenic drug derived from magic mushrooms could be useful in treating depression, the first safety study of this approach has concluded.

How magic mushrooms could treat depression

Treating depression is a major challenge, since among the millions of people affected worldwide, only one in five tends to respond well to antidepressants. Now, there’s a new, albeit controversial, approach being considered by scientists.

Psilocybin with psychological support for treatment-resistant depression

Recent studies have assessed the therapeutic potential of psilocybin for various conditions with promising preliminary results. This study assesses the feasibility of safety, and efficacy of psilocybin in patients with unipolar treatment-resistant depression