Psilocybin is a substance found in many species of mushrooms (often referred to as “magic mushrooms”) that produces psychedelic effects. When this substance is ingested, it produces feelings of euphoria and sensory hallucinations that last for several hours.
Some research suggests that when combined with psychotherapy, psilocybin may be an effective treatment for some mental health conditions, particularly depression.
Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that an estimated 7.1% of all adults in the U.S. experienced at least one episode of depression during the previous year.1
Fortunately, standard treatments such as antidepressants and psychotherapy can be effective. However, a recent resurgence of interest in the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness has revealed that substances such as psilocybin may be another effective tool in the treatment of depression.