Psilocybin And Its Effects On Brain

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Psilocybin And Its Effects On Brain

Post by smartin4578 » 21 Nov 2022, 17:50

A naturally occurring tryptamine substance called psilocybin is present in at least 100 different types of mushrooms. When taken orally, which is the usual method of administration, psilocybin undergoes hepatic metabolism to become psilocin. The pharmacologically active component of "magic mushrooms" that appears to be responsible for the psychotropic effects is psilocin, not psilocybin.

Psilocin binds to serotonin (5-HT) receptors with a strong affinity. It binds to 5-HT2C, 5-HT1A, and 5-HT1B receptors in the thalamus and prefrontal cortex and is a partial agonist of 5-HT2A receptors (40% activation effectiveness) (PFC). It appears likely that the hallucinations related to psilocybin use result from the activation of receptors in this area of the brain because the thalamus is in charge of processing sensory input. Meanwhile, it is thought that psilocybin can also affect these functions because serotonin receptors found throughout the PFC regulate numerous vital bodily functions, such as one's circadian rhythm, memory, social behavior, and mood.

Psilocybin and other psychedelics, such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin, also stimulate the PFC's 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A receptors, which have an impact on serotonergic and dopaminergic activity in the long run. Some of psilocybin's effects on mood, such as euphoria and the frequently reported phenomenon of depersonalization, are thought to be caused in part by the dopamine boost.

Additionally, extracellular glutamate levels rise in the PFC as a result of stimulation of postsynaptic 5-HT2A receptors found in pyramidal neurons found in the deepest layers of the cortex. The N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and AMPA (amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid) receptors are activated by this glutamate release. It is thought that after these three receptors—the 5-HT2A, AMPA, and NMDA receptors—are activated, brain-derived neurotrophic factor rises. Increased BDNF is closely linked to enhanced memory, mental health, and cognitive function.

The downregulation of 5-HT2A receptors in the PFC has also been linked to repeated doses of some psychedelics, which may help explain how drugs like psilocybin have therapeutic effects. It was discovered that post-mortem samples from patients with major depression had significantly higher 5-HT2A densities. Meanwhile, research using rodent models has revealed a significant association between elevated 5-HT2A receptor density and anxiety-like behavior.

Is Psilocybin Safe?
In compared to other major groups of misused drugs, psilocybin abuse and serious adverse events are less common, and studies have shown that there is no meaningful link between lifelong psychedelic use and an increased risk of mental illness or suicidal thoughts, intentions, or attempts. Psilocybin also carries a very minimal risk of hazardous overdose. An effective dose would need to be 1,000 times bigger than a deadly dose, according to estimates. However, due to the dilation of the pupils, psilocybin can cause side effects like hypertension, tachycardia, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, vertigo, confusion, and increased sensitivity to light.
It should be noted that the subjective experience of taking psychedelics, sometimes referred to as a "trip," is highly changeable and affected by the environment and the person's thinking. Even when the same person has received the same doses, these two factors—known as "set and setting"—can have a big impact on someone's experience. People may have life-changing epiphanies and gain a new perspective on life as a result of a wonderful encounter. When something bad happens, it might cause unsettling thoughts or hallucinations, which can then cause worry, confusion, delirium, and, in the worst cases, momentary psychosis. Researchers have discovered that by giving patients greater preparation and interpersonal support throughout the time, they can greatly reduce the risk of bad experiences.
Though there is still a lot of stigma attached to using psychedelics, research into these substances has shown that they do hold a lot of promise—as long as they are used in a safe, clinical setting or under the supervision of people who have had experience using psychedelics. We won't be able to respond to this question until more research is published and the evidence supporting the use of psychedelics becomes stronger. However, it is possible that these findings will encourage the relaxation of restrictions and regulations in the United States.

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Psilocybin And Its Effects On Brain

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