Psychedelics Shown to Heal Damaged Brain Cells in Depression

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/06/13/psychedelics-shown-to-heal-damaged-brain-cells-from-depression/

“Research in recent years has shown that psychedelics like LSD, magic mushroomsMDMA and DMT from ayahuasca can help with addiction, depression, phobias, schizophrenia, anxiety and even prisoner recidivism rates.

New research on substances like tryptamines, DMT and magic mushrooms; amphetamines, including MDMA; and ergolines, like LSD revealed that some of these substances can regrow parts of nerve cells in the brain, which may explain their restorative abilities. Amazingly, they can repair parts of the prefrontal cortex, involved in the brain’s reward center and executive functioning…

“Researchers in California have demonstrated these substances, banned as illicit drugs in many countries, are capable of rewiring parts of the brain in a way that lasts well beyond the drugs’ effects. This means psychedelics could be the “next generation” of treatments for mental health disorders which could be more effective and safer than existing options…

In previous studies by the same team, a single dose of DMT, the key ingredient in ayahuasca medicinal brews of Amazonian tribes, has been shown to help rats overcome a fear of electric shock meant to emulate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Now they have shown this dose increases the number of branch-like dendrites sprouting from nerve cells in the rat’s brain…

People have long assumed that psychedelics are capable of altering neuronal structure, but this is the first study that clearly and unambiguously supports that hypothesis.”‘

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