In this article we will read how experts tested and found significant treatment for one’s distorted ego. With the help of Psilocybin. Experts found that magic mushrooms cease ego from one person. In the research they found out a neurotransmitter in the brain called glutamate effects by psilocybin, it transmits signals to the brain and nervous system. However, this test was not conducted on humans.
The group, led by Johannes Ramaekers of Maastricht’s Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology conducted a study in regard to magic mushrooms’ health benefits to individuals. The expert said to fill this gap in our understanding, they undertook a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to see what happens to glutamate levels when people take psilocybin. “The research of drug-induced altered states of consciousness provides an opportunity to systematically investigate brain alterations that may influence the self,” says Johannes Ramaekers, one of the study’s authors.
The discovery of psilocybin
Psychedelic substances have been discovered to provide a unique ‘window’ into the [mind], generating temporary and dose-dependent distortions in one’s subjective experience. We can learn more about the neurochemical basis of the altered, as well as the baseline, state, by using them as instruments to alter regular waking awareness,” he explained.
The scientists used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of 60 people and discovered significant glutamate changes that could be associated with ego death experiences. They discovered higher levels of glutamate in the prefrontal cortex, which were linked to negative ego dissolution experiences, according to a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
Meanwhile, they discovered reduced glutamate levels in the hippocampus, which were linked to pleasant ego dissolution events. According to The Science of Psychotherapy, the prefrontal cortex is important for planning complicated conduct, personality expression, decision-making, and modulating social behavior, while the hippocampus is involved in memory formation and has been connected to one’s feeling of self-esteem.
The first major discovery was that psilocybin altered glutamate levels in important brain locations. This is significant from a neuropsychopharmacological standpoint, as this neurotransmitter is thought to play a role in drug effects but has never been demonstrated in people. “Historically, only serotonin has been linked to effects,” Ramaekers said.
Magic mushrooms creates new neurons in the brain
“What was interesting was that psilocybin-induced alterations in this chemical, glutamate, predicted subjective feelings of self.” We discovered that different brain regions correspond to different types of ego breakdown, providing us a better understanding of how these medications affect certain brain regions and how this can affect a person’s sense of self.
The researchers described negatively experienced ego dissolution as a feeling of worry or a loss of control that a person can have while losing their sense of self. Meanwhile, they defined favorably experienced Magic mushroom ego dissolution as the bliss or ‘oneness’ that psychedelic users frequently express.
Researchers have speculated that psychedelic-induced increases in glutamate can initiate processes in the brain that support neurogenesis, or the formation of new neurons, thus the discovery that psilocybin affected glutamate levels in crucial parts of the brain is significant, Ramaekers said.
According to a study, poor neurogenesis in some brain regions is linked to a variety of mental diseases, including significant depression, schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders, and addictive behaviors.
With the above research and studies it continues to provide us more information about magic mushrooms helps our brain and mind to settle in the right attitude.