Can ‘magic’ mushrooms ease the pain of rejection?
“Lead researcher Katrin Preller of the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich explained that psilocybin has much more specific targets than antidepressants currently on the market.”
It’s too small of a study to draw any strong conclusions from, and the participants were all healthy — they didn’t actually suffer from severe social anxiety or depression. But Preller thinks her team has taken a step toward uncovering the mechanism behind a possible treatment. “It seems like by stimulating these two receptors, serotonin 1A and serotonin 2A, psilocybin is acting on brain areas which are responsible for our feeling of social pain — the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Furthermore, we showed that another neurotransmitter, aspartate, seems to be involved as well,” Preller said.
Note: Rachel isn’t saying you should go do ‘shrooms. Nothing in this post says you should go do ‘shrooms. That would be illegal in most places, and probably ill-advised.