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A new study finds that a single dose of psilocybin enhanced creative thinking, empathy, and subjective well-being in participants for up to seven days after use.
There have been multiple studies that have now found psilocybin appears to have a positive effect on well-being and improve symptoms of depression possibly through its effects on the serotonin receptor. Animal studies have shown that psilocybin increases neurogenesis which is the growth of new neurons in certain brain regions. Interestingly, serotonin is also linked to neurogenesis.
I’m no expert in this field but I did interview the expert on psilocybin, Dr. Roland Griffiths. He has conducted several controlled trials on psilocybin ranging from its effects on depression to addiction. He talks in depth about how this compound can have varying effects based on dose.
If you are interested in learning more about this research check out the episode with Dr. Griffiths.