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Mindy Lawrence

Some tools for therapy can be controversial. Magic mushrooms fit that description. Still only allowed in certain cities in the United States, these hallucinogenic fungi are being considered as a way to help those with PTSD and other mental conditions.

In the 50s and 60s before the Haight-Ashbury days of turning on and tuning out, psychedelics were a promising help for those with mental ailments. Then news of patients not doing well dashed the hopes of psychiatrists and patients. Now, science is studying them again.

The psychedelic in mushrooms called psilocybin can penetrate the central nervous system. Researchers at Johns Hopkins believe that its antidepressant effects along with regular counseling can last up to a year for some patients.


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