Psilocybin may be the answer to autism…
You’re studying how psilocybin may help children with autism. What is the connection between psilocybin, autism, and the microbiome?
I’m predicting that in the next 10 years, you’re going to have 10 to 20 distinct autistic sub disorders. And they’re going to be treated differently. We know the dopamine system is part of the problem and also the serotonin system. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and its levels have been found to be elevated in autistic individuals. 90 per cent of serotonin is made in the small intestine, and the bone marrow. Only 10 per cent is made within the brain! So, we are focusing on studying the role of serotonin in various parts of the body. We do know that psilocybin is a serotonin agonist. This means that it binds the serotonin receptors and produces a physiologic effect. We’re looking at using our psilocybin to correct serotonin problems. Is psilocybin the right thing to use? I think so, but I also think we have questions, as Plato said, “We never know the answer. We only approach the answer.” Another fact to consider is that treatment with antibiotics has the potential to improve autistic symptoms.
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Psilocybin may be the answer to autism and a healthy microbiome an interview with scientist & researcher Marvin S. Hausman, MD
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