While psilocybin cubensis mushrooms are known to have been used in healing rituals since more than 5,000 years ago, science has only recently begun to explore the medical capabilities of their active compound, psilocybin. The enormous untapped medical potential of the substance is considered to be very promising primarily in the mental health field, where some studies conducted during the 2010s showed that psilocybin could be used to treat the symptoms of anxiety, chronic depression and burnout, as well as those of severe depressive episodes experienced by cancer patients.
A single dose of psilocybin along with a therapy session focusing on treating depression has been equated with multiple psychotherapy sessions by leading mental health professionals. Additionally, the “magic” mushrooms that contain psilocybin are known for their ability to improve on the general state of focus, alertness, creative thinking and positive thinking in people who found it hard to cope with stressful jobs and monotone lifestyles. The practice they use is known as “microdosing” and it involves the ingestion of very small portions of magic mushrooms to achieve these effects.
Medical science is showing promising progress with the research and use of both magic mushrooms found in the wild and cultivation of laboratory grade high concentration psychedelic mushroom spores. Some researchers even go so far as to suggest that psilocybin might replace the antidepressants of tomorrow.