You may or may not know that psilocybin is one of our favourite plant medicines here at Ancient Awakening. In some way, psilocybin mushroom ceremonies form a bit of a backbone to our offerings. It is one of the very first plant medicines that our founder, Kate, experienced. And it continues to contribute significant amounts to her envisionments in life and business, as well as instructing a whole lot of pressing questions she has in her life. With this in mind, we wanted to share with you five of the key benefits that this miraculous little mushroom gifts to us humans who choose to receive their blessing. Are you ready? Here you go:
1) Reduces The Pain Associated With Social Rejection
A study published in 2016 by Swiss Neurobiologists demonstrated that our little friends of the mushroom kingdom help to reduce pain from such social rejection and marginalisation.
This is a key one for our tribe of game-changers! We all go through social rejection at some point, right!? Some of us experience this LOTS as we go about our world-changing missions and endeavours!
2) Stimulates Neuroplasticity
South Florida University conducted a study that was published in 2013. It examined the effects of psilocybin mushrooms on fear-conditioned mice, and yielded pretty astonishing results.The main ingredient of the mushrooms, psilocybin, was shown to empower mice and help them overcome fear by promoting the growth of new neuro-pathways.
What this means is that the memory of something being ‘scary’ is replaced by the new notion that it is indeed not scary anymore. Essentially, a ‘relearning’ is taking place. Memory, learning, and relearning all require the alteration in brain connections, i.e. neuroplasticity. And this is exactly what psilocybin appears to enhance.
3) Soothes Anxiety, even in potentially critical situations
In 2011, a study by the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center discovered that patients with advanced-stage cancer saw their levels of anxiety reduced drastically after being administered psilocybin mushrooms. If anxiety levels can be reduced even in such serious life situations, imagine what psilocybin may achieve for people experiencing anxiety in mere everyday life settings! Phenomenal, right!?
4) Reduces Depression
Studying the same type of demographic – people with life-threatening cancer – the John Hopkins University released a small, double-blind study that demonstrated relief of depressive symptoms for up to six months from a single large dose of psilocybin.
The implications that this holds for our modern world, fast-paced, ‘get it, get it’ struggles and emotional rollercoasters is – literally – HUGE! We are in LOVE with this finding! 🙂
5) Induces BADASS cognition
If you’re an entrepreneur or a game-changer with a big mission at this time, you_will_LOVE_this! 🙂
A study led by Paul Expert of King’s College London analysed functional MRI scans of the brains of 15 people whilst they were under the influence of psilocybin. The scans, when compared to scans of the people’s normal brain activity, showed rather prolific increases in brain activity. Parts of the brain that are not normally connected all of a sudden began to become connected.
What this is essentially saying is that psilocybin awakens all sorts of areas in our brain that we don’t normally use. We wake up to all new levels of intelligence and cognitive abilities. Imagine that, right!? Just think about our levels of creativity and productive output after an intake of psilocybin! Rocket fuel for our entrepreneurial endeavours! 🙂
These reasons and SO many more are why we are in LOVE with our little brothers from the mushroom kingdom. 🙂 Our founder, Kate, has used them quasi-religiously over the years and they have helped her pull through some of the toughest times of her life!