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February 16th, 2012 - Open Knowledge

Feb. 16th, 2012

07:54 pm - Magic mushrooms, international law and the failed ‘war on drugs’ | Amanda Feilding | Sci

Originally published at craschworks. You can comment here or there.

In the second study, subjects were given cues to recall positive events in their lives. With psilocybin, their memories were extremely vivid, almost as if they were reliving the events rather than just imagining them.

The findings suggest potential uses for psilocybin in the treatment of depression, a condition characterised by rigidly pessimistic thinking patterns. These fixated patterns are associated with overactivity in the medial prefrontal cortex – one of the same connector hubs deactivated by psilocybin. Psilocybin may also be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy, helping patients who are stuck in negative thought patterns to access distant memories and work through them.

via Magic mushrooms, international law and the failed ‘war on drugs’ | Amanda Feilding | Science | guardian.co.uk.

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