The psychedelic and therapeutic effects of magic mushrooms (also known as psilocybin) have been studied for many centuries. But how does psilocybin affect your brain? Here, we’ll explore the fascinating worlds of psilocybin as well as its effects on the human brain. Visit our website and learn more about visual cortex function.
Psilocybin has the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds in magic mushrooms. Ingestion of psilocybin by the body results in psilocin. Psilocin interacts positively with brain serotonin receptors. It is important to note that psilocybin affects serotonin activity, a neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation.
Altering Brain Connectivity
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), research has revealed that the psilocybin affects patterns of brain connectivity. In a typical human brain, regions are highly organized in their communication. The organization of the brain is broken down by psilocybin. There’s more communication between different regions.
Default Mode Network (DMN),
A key discovery is that psilocybin interferes with the Default Mode Network. It’s a network made up of regions of the brain responsible for mind wandering, self-referential thought, and ego. The DMN becomes overactive during conditions such as anxiety and depression. Psilocybin quiets the DMN causing a brief dissolution and profound state of altered consciousness.
While the DMN calms down, another brain region increases their connectivity. This increased connectivity can result in vivid sensory experiences (when one sense triggers the other), synesthesia (where a single sense triggers a second sense), or the dissolution between boundaries of self and environment.
Serotonin elevated levels:
Psilocybin works indirectly on serotonin by emulating serotonin. It is believed that the increased serotonin level during a Psilocybin session plays a key role in the altered mood, perceptions of reality, and introspection.
Recent studies on psilocybin have revealed promising results as a treatment agent. Researchers have studied psilocybin as a potential treatment for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic syndrome (PTSD) and substance abuse. This may have therapeutic effects due to the restructuring and personal insight that can be gained during travel.
Please read the following safety considerations:
However, psilocybin should only be used with caution. You can have bad trips that include anxiety or confusion. To explore its therapeutic potential, psilocybin should be used in a safe and controlled environment under the supervision of an experienced guide.
As a result, psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushroom) has profound effects on the brain. It disrupts the Default Mode Network (DMN) and elevates serotonin. This leads to altered perceptions as well as enhanced introspection and possible therapeutic benefits. Understanding the effects of Psilocybin can give valuable insight on its potential risks and uses.