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Evolution of the Psilocybin Mushroom

The Psilocybin mushroom has evolved into medicinal and nutritional use where pharmaceutical and other companies are in the process of developing psychedelic-derived consumer goods products. The new age deep-dive in scientific research and developments of Psilocybin expected to expand into other psychedelics such as MDMA, ketamine, Ibogaine and Ayahuasca.

Currently, Psilocybin mushrooms are being used primarily for critical mental health challenges focusing on unmet therapeutic needs with promising results. As the post-covid world is witnessing high demand in alternative medicines, we see a global effort across the board in designing comprehensive products that can lead us into the future innovation and the advancement in optimising health and well-being.

The mind-body-spirit elevating properties of the fungi is now being used in “microdosing” as a way to explore the benefits with minimised risk of experiencing altered states, cultivating healthy biopsychosocial immune function which simply means the role of the interaction between psychological, biological and social aspect of our being that impacts our complex nervous system processes which play a critical role on our well-being.

Microdosing Psilocybin is a practice of taking a tiny dose with targeted benefits while going about the day without the feeling of you’ve taken psychedelics, and it’s the revolutionary way of using psychedelics without tripping. Currently, microdosing is under the spotlight and emerging as highly sought after alternative medicine for spiritual growth and transformational healing with over 400 published paper indicating promising outcomes.

A brief look at the benefits of the microdosing are; an enhanced mood that lingers for multiple days, reduction in stress, increase in mindfulness, focus and creativity along with greater self-awareness and insights. On a cognitive level, microdosing shows signs of neurogenesis, rise in cognitive processes and plasticity.

To conclude, magic mushrooms are the force of nature with healing potentials creating a vast myco-culture revolution with a strong positioning at the intersection of psychedelic use and personal transformation. With responsible use, integrated research and development, we can begin a new journey, laying down the decades of stigma and create a sustainable future exploring the limitless psychedelic realm and build a new symbiotic relationship for a better world.

Mush Love

Holistic Psychotherapist | Host of Psychedelic Conversations Podcast | Founder of Innerflo Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy