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Scientists are beginning to unravel the effects of psilocybin mushrooms on bipolar disorder

“As a part of our survey, we gave people the option to leave comments about anything they thought might be important for our research,” Emma Morton, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbian, explained.

“Despite the fact that our survey found many people experienced negative or unwanted outcomes of psilocybin use, we were surprised by how many people left comments describing the benefits that psilocybin had for their mental health, personal development, or spiritual growth. In fact, many people described ‘mixed experiences,’ where psilocybin use had both positive and negative aspects. For example, someone may have found their psilocybin experience very intense and at times distressing, but still experienced benefits to their mental health afterwards. We think this will be a really important issue for the field to tackle – things like psychological preparation sessions and debriefing may be important to help people cope with overwhelming experiences, as well as process the personal meaning of their experiences.”

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Scientists are beginning to unravel the effects of psilocybin mushrooms on bipolar disorder
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