Golden teacher mushrooms, which are a strain of psilocybe cubensis, may have benefits for patients suffering with anxiety

Golden teacher mushrooms are one of the many strains of psilocybe cubensis. P. cubensis has gained a lot of interest as of late, especially after Denver, Colorado and Oakland, CA decided to decriminalize the usage of these mushrooms. 

Many communities were happy about the decriminalization of psilocybe cubensis, especially those who have been paying attention to the scientific data coming from studies that show beneficial results involving psilocybin-containing mushrooms and a vast array of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. 

Today we are taking a look at some of these studies and the implications they may have for the healthcare community. Residents in the cities of Oakland, CA and Denver, CO, which have decriminalized psilocybin-containing mushrooms recently, may be further along the line than other areas in regards to the future of healthcare involving golden teacher mushrooms, or any of the other strains of psilocybe cubensis. 

A pilot study on psilocybin and its impact on treating anxiety

One study of psilocybe cubensis conducted in January 2011, which was called “Pilot study of psilocybin treatment for anxiety in patients with advanced-stage cancer”, Had some interesting results. It was a small data set, but the results are quite promising in regards to the lessening of anxiety for patients. Here is a brief look at some of the results from this study:

“Several rating scales were used the day before, day of, and day after each session along with 2 weeks, monthly, and 6 months postsession. Anxiety significantly decreased as measured by the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory at 1 and 3 months posttreatment in the psilocybin group compared to niacin. Mood improved for 2 weeks after treatment and reached statistical significance on the Beck Depression Inventory at the 6-month point with the same comparison.”

Here are the conclusions from “Pilot study of psilocybin treatment for anxiety in patients with advanced-stage cancer”:

“This study established the feasibility and safety of administering moderate doses of psilocybin to patients with advanced-stage cancer and anxiety. Some of the data revealed a positive trend toward improved mood and anxiety. These results support the need for more research in this long-neglected field.”

The Beckley Foundation, psilocybin, and treatment-resistant depression

The Beckley Foundation is an organization in the UK that has focused on scientifically studying psychoactive substances since 1998. According to its website, one of the organization’s goals is, “To achieve evidence-based changes in global drug policies in order to reduce the harms brought about by the unintended negative consequences of current drug policies; and develop improved policies based on health, harm reduction, cost-effectiveness, and human rights.”

The team designs and directs scientific research programs in collaboration with experts in the field. One of these efforts focused on psilocybin and its impact on treatment-resistant depression, and the results were quite favorable. Take a look at the recap below:

 “In 2016, the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme released a study that revealed the staggering potential of psilocybin to alleviate treatment-resistant depression, with 67 percent being depression free after one week and 42 percent remaining in remission three months later. Using the latest brain-imaging techniques, we have shed some light on how psilocybin may produce its therapeutic effects, by generating a more ‘entropic’ pattern of brain connectivity, with increased communication throughout the brain leading to more flexible modes of cognition.”

More recently, Johns Hopkins studies psilocybin in regards to anxiety and depression and continues to build evidence of success

A study released in December 2016 from researchers at Johns Hopkins entitled “Psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer: A randomized double-blind trial” helped to further empirical evidence of psilocybin’s positive impact on mental health. Here is a summary of the findings:

“High-dose psilocybin produced large decreases in clinician- and self-rated measures of depressed mood and anxiety, along with increases in quality of life, life meaning, and optimism, and decreases in death anxiety. At 6-month follow-up, these changes were sustained, with about 80% of participants continuing to show clinically significant decreases in depressed mood and anxiety. Participants attributed improvements in attitudes about life/self, mood, relationships, and spirituality to the high-dose experience, with >80% endorsing moderately or greater increased well-being/life satisfaction. Community observer ratings showed corresponding changes. Mystical-type psilocybin experience on session day mediated the effect of psilocybin dose on therapeutic outcomes.

Will there be a trend in the decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms, including golden teacher mushrooms, after cities like Oakland, CA and Denver, CO have set the bar?

According to Reuters on May 8, 2019, “Decriminalize Denver, the group behind Tuesday’s ballot question, said psilocybin had a wide range of medical benefits. It has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety and to help in treating tobacco, alcohol and opioid addictions, and with alleviating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the organization.”

If further scientific testing shows continued results proving the efficacy of psilocybes, like golden teacher mushrooms, then perhaps more cities and eventually states will follow suit in decriminalizing or legalizing. 

For those of you who live where mushrooms are decriminalized, check out this online course available to you. It can be your guide if you are seeking your own garden of golden teacher mushrooms.

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