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Psilocybin and depression: “magic mushroom” drug could regrow lost brain connections

By Scotty Hendricks Big Think

Psychedelics, long demonized as substances used only by quacks and hippies, have been enjoying a renaissance in the biomedical community over the past few years. Even the FDA is getting in on the action, declaring psilocybin (the drug in psychedelic mushrooms), a “breakthrough therapy” in the treatment of depressive disorders.

However, the decades of stigma and prohibition mean that a lot of research on how these drugs work in the brain remains to be done. Luckily, studies are currently being carried out to make up for lost time. One ofthem, published in Neuron, sheds light on the ability of psilocybin to help repair the damage of chronic stress on the brains of mice.

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