Laboratory grade mushrooms are important because researchers can keep performing their work on them, even if the actual mushrooms that grow in the wild are forbidden, due to the substances they contain.
Research must go on even on controversial substances, because the results of the studies may turn to be surprising. That’s the case with psilocybin, the hallucinogenic substance contained by magic mushrooms. A number of new medical studies initiated with the use of affordable shroom spores suggest that psilocybin could make vital contributions to medicine.
Prescribing magic mushroom to patients or doing research on them could be costly to scientists; they might lose their job and be legally penalized. However, an increasing number of them are studying the possibility that magic mushrooms can be the key to treating some health conditions, from PTSD to depression and addiction.
This news may seem radical, but half a century ago studies of the effects of psychedelic drugs were actually widespread and respectable, and their contribution to what we know today is undeniable.
Critics of these studies fear that research on laboratory grade mushrooms may contribute to the popularity of psilocybin and send the wrong message to people. On the other hand, researchers try to raise awareness that not studying this substance properly would mean wasting a promising medical potential.