The Lifelong Benefits of a Single Psychedelic Trip

For decades, numerous scientific studies have set out to determine the benefits of psychedelic trips. From stabilizing moods to boosting creativity, substantial findings support the positive impact of psilocybin. But, a slew of recent work—specifically a survey conducted by Johns Hopkins—suggests that trips could do even more: they can instill newfound purpose and a sense of connectedness that lasts a lifetime. Often, these come as …

Psychedelics Could Repair Brain Cells “Shriveled” by Depression

University of California researchers have observed that psychedelics like LSD and MDMA can rewire the brain—and trigger the growth of new branches between brain cells—long after the drugs’ other effects have worn off. Dr David Olson, one of the study’s authors and lead researcher, notes that during cases of depression (as well as anxiety, PTSD and more) neurites in the prefrontal cortex of the brain …

Understanding the Natural Chemicals Within Magic Mushrooms

Since 1968, scientists have explored the enzymatic process in magic mushrooms that produces its active chemical, psilocybin. Not until a brand new study—published in the German journal Angewandte Chemie—has it been decoded. Scientists sequenced the genomes of two magic mushroom species, Psilocybe cubensis and Psilocybe cyanescens. Through enzyme isolation and splicing, they were later able to create their own psilocybin—something that could ultimately be beneficial …