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Research into the influence of magic mushrooms on healthcare workers during COVID-19

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Research into the influence of magic mushrooms on healthcare workers during COVID-19

A study that will examine how psychedelics, when combined with psychotherapy, can affect the mental health of primary care workers is due to start soon, making it one of the first studies of its kind.

According to a report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States given the green light for the randomized study. The study will assess how psilocybin - the main psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms - and psychotherapy can help primary care workers cope with stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants are reported to receive doses of 25 mg of synthesized psilocybin in addition to an initial therapy session and three further therapy sessions.

A total of 30 participants will be divided into two groups: psilocybin and placebo. It is reported and receives guidance.

The researchers are interested in measuring levels of a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety and 'burnout' – a form of exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged emotional, physical and mental stress.

Lead researcher Anthony Back, MD, of the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, said:

“The current situation for health professionals is quite serious and it is not clear if we have a documented therapy that really works. So I think it's important for us to evaluate and review new treatments.”

The study isn't expected to be published next year, but we hope the results will bring us closer to understanding the impact psychedelics have on our mental health.

What is psilocybin and the therapeutic options for healthcare workers?

Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound found in a small number of fungi, known as 'magic mushrooms'.

These mushrooms have become well known, but in the past half decade they have largely been associated with recreational drug use, hippie culture and anti-establishment groups.

There is relatively little awareness of the health and therapeutic potential of the substance psilocybin.

What happens when using magic mushrooms?

The effects of psilocybin can vary from person to person. Many have reported experiencing feelings of euphoria and gaining new insights. In some cases, these insights have been claimed to be absolutely life-changing.

On the other hand, other people may experience a 'bad trip'

The likelihood of experiencing these different experiences can depend on many factors. The amount you digest; your age, the mushroom species and your overall health can all affect how psilocybin is tolerated — and how long it stays in the system.

Sources including Canex (EN), Forbes (EN), FrontiersIn (EN), MedPage Today (EN)

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