Mushroom is one of the most common pizza topping and in some cultures it is referred as the umbrella for frog. Apart from adding taste to your pizza, pasta, mushroom contains a drug called as psilocybin, which can help anxiety and up lift mood of cancer patients. Psilocybin is a psychoactive or active ingredient found in varying concentrations in over 200 species of Basidiomycota mushrooms. These mushrooms are often called “magic mushrooms,” “zoomers”or “shrooms. The study reveals that advance stage cancer patients who generally experience anxiety can benefit from it without side effects.
About the study
The study was led by Charles S. Grob, M.D., of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Torrance. Dr. Grob conducted the study on 12 adults with advanced stage cancer and anxiety. The main objective of the study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of psilocybin – a hallucinogen with some psychological effects similar to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
The study included
- Treatment in two six-hour sessions several weeks apart
- One group of patient was given capsules of active psilocybin in a dose of 0.2 mg per kg body weight in one session and another group was given placebo in random order
- Physiological responses like blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, and psychological responses including depression, mood and anxiety were measured or assessed
- Frequency of analysis was before and at the end of the session, one day and two weeks after the session and at monthly intervals for the following six months.
The study scheduled to appear in...
the January 2011 print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry
Results of study
The study found that
- anxiety scores improved at one and three months after treatment
- mood was improved two weeks after treatment and a significant improvement in mood was observed at six months.
- moderate doses of psilocybin given to patients with advanced-stage cancer and anxiety helps to reduce anxiety and improve mood.
Previous studies have also revealed that certain types of mushrooms contain active ingredients that fight cancers like breast cancer and enhance the immune system. Mushrooms are also the plant source of vitamin D – vitamin D2.
The study was conducted on limited number of patients, but none-the-less, it reveals a herbal treatment for cancer patients can have control over their mood and anxiety. There have been studies on psilocybins that reveal its benefits to disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. If you integrate mushroom in your diet, you may be able to reap the benefits at relatively no cost.