A compound in magic mushrooms called psilocybin which contains powerful psychedelic is considered promising in helping cancer patients. According to researchers, this can be used as a onetime single dose and you could still feel its effects as long as five years down the line. Though not clearly defined, the relationship between the ‘magic’ mushrooms and cancer patients is a healthy one.
Psilocybin can interfere with how the brain receives new information therefore providing a positive reaction towards life by cancer patients. This can be proven by the feedback researchers got from a group of cancer patients who used the drug. They agreed that the impact a single dose of psilocybin combined with therapy has had in their lives is huge. Some even described it as a life changing experience.
Psilocybin can also be used to reduce the amount of depression and anxiety commonly experienced by cancer patients. Recent research has shown that cancer patients, especially those in the last stage, have shown a lot of improvement in positivity towards death. This is mainly due to the psilocybin which is similar to serein which is produced by the brain, which affects perception and mood. Therefore, a dose of psilocybin interferes on how cancer patients perceive information positively, which in turn changes their whole attitude towards cancer. This then lessens their depression and anxiety and makes them accept themselves.
There’s also a negative side to psilocybin which includes euphoria and visual distortions. This negatively impacts on cancer patients and may double their depression. According to research, the negative effects of psilocybin on cancer patients will last for a short or long period of time depending on how the patient’s body reacts to a single one-time dose of the drug.
Although researchers recommend the drug, most people don’t prefer it due to fear of the negative effects. Psilocybin can also be abused like other drugs such as marijuana and have long term effects.
All in all, psilocybin is seen by medical personnel as a promising start towards the defeat of cancer. It helps in reducing the level of anxiety and depression and improves the overall spiritual wellbeing of a cancer patient.
From the above illustrations, the relationship between magic mushrooms and cancer patients is mainly positive though it can also extend to the negative side. Cancer patients stand to gain a lot if this drug is officially passed to be used as a treatment. By reducing the levels of depression and anxiety among cancer patients, a single term one dose of psilocybin will improve their perception about life which will in turn result to long lives among cancer patients.