With coronavirus-related global disruption, everyone is feeling at least a little anxious, if they aren’t having a full-blown mental breakdown. If you are feeling like you are constantly searching for answers among all the uncertainty – you aren’t alone. 

 

In fact, many people are getting more and more curious about psychedelic mushrooms – specifically for their effects on anxiety and depression. In fact, psychedelic mushrooms have recently been fast-tracked by the FDA for their potential as a breakthrough therapy.

 

While the legitimate medicinal use of psilocybin-containing mushrooms is just starting to be explored by medical experts, many cultures have been using psychedelic mushrooms for millennia as a method for people to better understand and cope with the realities of life. 

 

If you are having a hard time with the recent coronavirus upset and the significant changes taking place in the world, there is growing evidence that psychedelic mushrooms may be helpful.

The Great Coronavirus Reset

There’s no question that the world is changing fast. The change now is driven mainly by the coronavirus – its health impacts on those who get it, losing a loved one to the disease, and even the massive economic disruption caused by the stay-at-home orders. 

 

Let’s face it… The world will never return to “normal”.

 

Sure, the economy will reopen eventually. But – will you ever feel the same about packing into a crowded bar? Will you be able to hug your grandparents without worrying about transfering a potentially deadly virus? Even grocery shopping now comes with a new risk – one that none of us had to think about before the days of coronavirus.

 

And, unless you want to live with fear and anxiety for the rest of your life, you will eventually have to face the New World and all that it brings.

 

Enter Psychedelic Mushrooms…

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What Do Psychedelic Mushrooms Do?

One of psilocybin’s main effects is on an area of the brain called the “Default Mode Network” (DMN). This network, made out of many neurons in your brain connecting different regions, is essentially the equivalent to your Ego – the part of your brain that creates your “identity.” 

 

Your Ego is essentially a filter you see the world through. Your DMN takes information from your sensory neurons (sight, sound, hearing, touch), incorporates them with thoughts from your subconscious, and frames all of the information into terms that relate to the “identity” you have formed during your time on Earth.

 

For instance, when you hear something on the news about an action a politician has taken during the coronavirus pandemic, that information is sent to your DMN. Your DMN then measures what you heard, reconciling it with things associated with your ego – such as your political party affiliation. 

 

If your Ego aligns with the politician – you are happy! If your Ego is at odds with the politician – you are angry! Thus, your DMN effectively determines how you react to many different stimuli. In quarantine, these stimuli can be everything from wearing a mask in public to the decisions of government officials you have to cope with.

 

In times of high anxiety, depression, and uncertainty, your Ego is not always your best friend. Sometimes, it is your Ego – your “sense of identity” – that is keeping you angry, anxious, or depressed. Once your DMN has created your “identity” it is hard to see outside of that filter.

 

Many studies have shown that psilocybin greatly weakens the Default Mode Network. Without this network actively filtering all of your thoughts and sensations, you experience the world without having to assign everything to the categories “good” or “bad.”

 

This experience is sometimes called the “dissolution of the ego.”

Stressed Out? Dissolve Your Ego

Stress, anxiety, fear, and almost every other emotion you feel is in part due to your DMN. Without this network telling you whether or not a sensation aligns with your ideals, you experience the world without filters or preconceived notions. Without this filter weighing on their minds, many people experience true bliss. 

 

In fact, many people find that psilocybin mushrooms actually changed their perception of the world – even after the hallucinagenic effects had worn off! 

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This graphic shows the results of a large-scale study that tested the effects of psilocybin on consciousness. This study used a standard called the “5-Dimensional Altered States of Conscientiousness” that measures all of the ways consciousness can be altered by psychedelics.

 

See the box called “Changed meaning of percepts” and the brown line near it? This shows that >45% of people experience changed meanings at this dosage of psilocybin. 

 

In a literal sense, this is a measurement of how many people were more open-minded about something after their psilocybin experience! In other words, psilocybin effectively helps people see the world differently. So, if you have been dwelling in the anxiety and fear brought on by this changing world we live in – psilocybin may help you see the world in a different, more positive light.

 

In fact, you can check out all of the mental health benefits of psilocybin mushrooms on the Health Benefits page!

 

Many people new to the world of psychedelic mushrooms always have one very important question: Just how safe are psilocybin mushrooms?

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Are Psychedelic Mushrooms Safe?

Though mushrooms and other psychedelics were largely banned by governments across the world during the turbulent 1960s and the “War on Drugs” that ensued, there is no evidence that psychedelic mushrooms are dangerous – at all.

 

In fact, one massive study of over 130,000 Americans and 20,000 psychedelic users found absolutely no link between psychedelic mushrooms and mental health issues. In fact, the authors of the study conclude:

“Overall, it is difficult to see how prohibition of psychedelics can be justified as a public health measure.”

 

But, what about a bad trip? 

 

That is certainly possible, and some researchers have reported that bad trips were more likely in the 1960s and 1970s. The researchers pinned the increase in bad trips to the turbulent political and societal environment at the time. Since we are entering another turbulent period in politics and society, there is a chance that all this increased anxiety will lead to more bad trips.

 

However, there are many things you can do to avoid a bad trip! Head over to our How to Consume page for more information on when, why, and how to take psychedelic mushrooms!

To Infinity… And BEYOND!

Fear of the Unknown is one of humanity’s greatest weaknesses. It is certainly responsible for more than its fair-share of misery in life. With the entire world entering a period of instability, there’s plenty of things to worry about.

 

But, once you know that these fears are simply the part of your brain that is struggling to understand the changing world, it is much easier to put those fears aside. If all it takes are a few little mushrooms to get you over this hump – what have you got to lose?

 

Sometimes, we all need a reminder that we are a small part of a much bigger whole. By dissolving your ego, you can begin to see all the beauty in the world – even while coronavirus takes its toll. 

 

The politicians are people, just like you and me. Policies are experiments – not proven solutions. And social distancing, rather than being a scary and freedom-taking government overreach – is actually just a massive group of humans participating in the largest expression of humanity that has ever been accomplished on this planet.

 

Onwards and upwards, friends!