A mycologist is someone who studies mushrooms and works with various types of fungi in order to find out more about their properties and whether or not they can be helpful. In some cases, understanding fungi in and of itself can be very useful, either for the transformation of scientific methods or just for knowledge’s sake.
Using high quality, sterile mushroom spores for cultivation, the future impact of mushroom studies, however, has the potential to influence not just the field of mycology, but also many other areas of scientific study and medical science in particular. A good example is the use of active compounds from edible mushrooms to produce supplements and laboratory grade mushrooms with high concentration of specific substances. Another is the study of the medical uses of magic mushrooms, which is a field that’s only really seen the day of light in the past 10 years.
As the future of such studies seems very bright, many scientists are optimistic that the research could lead to breakthroughs in nutrition and in the fighting of disease. The use of a certain dosage of psilocybin – the active psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms – is especially promising, as researchers have already discovered some of its uses in treating mental illnesses and point out that there may be much more to uncover. In the future, there might even be a “magic” pill based on magic mushroom ingredients, which can cure conditions like depression and anxiety without any kinds of side effects.