High Marks For Magic Mushrooms Beating PTSD

Everyday, positive and exciting magic mushroom research hits the internet. And from highly respected sources like Maryland’s Johns Hopkins. England’s Beckley Foundation, who partners with Hopkins, has been doing this since 1998. Out west, UC Berkeley launced a whole new research center called the Center for the Science of Psychedelics

At Johns Hopkins, researchers report that two doses of the psychedelic substance psilocybin, given with supportive psychotherapy, produced rapid and large reductions in depressive symptoms, with most participants showing improvement and half of study participants achieving remission through the four-week follow-up.

This naturally occuring substance and its active ingredient are also getting medical approval in the US. In March 2021, Washington DC decriminalized magic mushroom. Oregon did the same a year before in November.

However, it will take two years for any shops to open, but Veterans are still getting a taste of these great new PTSD and depression drugs right now. Their experiences are guided by an expert, and some Vets hate the experience, but love the results.

To start, we suggest watching this interview with a Johns Hopkins patient describing his before, durng and after experience.

About Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin, the active ingredient found in “magic” mushrooms, or “shrooms,” is a powerful psychedelic. Despite being about 100 times less potent than LSD, it’s capable of altering perception of space and time, causing visual distortions, euphoria, and mystical experiences.

Unlike marijuana, which has seen a dramatic shift both in terms of support of legalization and recognized therapeutic uses, or MDMA, which has grabbed headlines in recent years for its potential to treat PTSD (some researchers believe the drug could see Food and Drug Administration approval as soon as 2021), psilocybin lacks the same degree of cultural cachet.

Two Options Currently Exists

If you are treatment resistant to depression drugs, you are a candidate for psilocybins. Option one: clinical treatments. They are expensive and not widely available. We support this option first as the best. But if you want to take matters into your own hands, we believe that this is a better option than suicide. 

You will need a guide or a trip sitter no matter what option is best for you. Undestanding what to expect and how to deal with the experience during and after are key to you getting the amazing results we’ve heard about. Here’s a video of one Johns Hopkins patient. Very valuable to watch.

 

What is Microdosing?

Very small amounts of the active ingredient taken during a session.  If we were talking about a Ketamine IV drip therapy session, you would expect about 1% of what they would use to knock you out for surgery.

For microdosing on magic mushrooms, experienced growers recommend 0.1g to start, then vary your amounts there (0.2g, 0.3g).

Experts recommend using grams (g) as your unit of reference instead of worrying about micro or milligrams with shrooms.

A good trip would be 2-3g

A light trip would be 1g

A “mini” dose is a half of a light trip, or 0.5g. This would give a decently noticeable effect, but not a full trip by any means.

A microdose is a tenth of a light trip, or 0.1g.

Online Forums of Growers and Users

Uncle Ben’s  – Reddit Growers Forum

Making Microdoses

What Veterans Think of Psilocybins

Volunteer to Be a Research Subject

Videos Libraby on Psilocybins

DIY Starter Links

How To Get Started

Items to Make Your Own Pills

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NON FDA-APPROVED OPTIONS

Microdosing Offers Fast-Acting PTSD and Depression Relief – the most effective and cost-effect treatment in our opinion. Note: the drug term that came before mircodosing has been deleted for reasons related to advertising. 

Medical Marijuana Information – legal in many state, with recreational use also legal in many states, there are few downsides.

Magic Mushrooms or MDMA –  Growing in popularity and in the different stages of the FDA’s approval process, Magic mushrooms benefit from their all organic nature. MDMA is aka Ecstasy.

Study Comparing Three Doses of MDMA Along With Psychotherapy in Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from The National Library of Medicine.

New Combined Treatments – two most effective PTSD treatments show similar benefits and none from combining them.

Psychedelic Nasal Sprays – Oregon-based start-up Silo Wellness has reportedly developed a magic mushroom nasal spray focused on delivering exact, controlled psychedelic microdoses via an easy inhaler.

 

PTSD SCREENING AND TESTING

The PCL-5 is a 20-item self-report measure that assesses the 20 DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD (Weathers et al., 2013). The PCL-5 has a variety of purposes, including:

  • Monitoring symptom change during and after treatment
  • Screening individuals for PTSD
  • Making a provisional PTSD diagnosis

Take a screening here. 

Learn about PCL-5 here.

SELF-HELP OPTIONS

Transcendental Meditation – plenty of positive referrals for this life-changing and mind refreshing practice. Can be done anywhere and anytime.

Emotional Freedom Techniques, aka Tapping, works for many with depression, anxiety and PTSD. Find the basics here and get a step-by-step guide here. 

FDA-APPROVED TREATMENTS

See the latest FDA-approved PTSD treatment time line here. The most recent option, Spravato, failed both tests, but just two months after Trump met with Johnson & Johnson executives at Mar-a-Lago, this highly-expensive and highly-ineffective solution was approved. 

National Center for PTSD from the VA – a good source for consultants with current information, free lectures once a month and on demand webinars.

 

PTSD Statistics

In the United States, about 3.5% of adults have PTSD in a given year, and 9% of people develop it at some point in their life. In much of the rest of the world, rates during a given year are between 0.5% and 1%. Higher rates may occur in regions of armed conflict. It is more common in women than men. Symptoms of trauma-related mental disorders have been documented since at least the time of the ancient Greeks.

PTSD History

During the World Wars study increased and it was known under various terms including “shell shock” and “combat neurosis”. The term “post-traumatic stress disorder” came into use in the 1970s in large part due to the diagnoses of U.S. military veterans of the Vietnam War. It was officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III).