Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Potato consumption linked to high blood pressure - Can Shrooms Treat Depression?

Published on 17 May 2016
The potato is associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, says a new study published in the BMJ.
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Published on 17 May 2016
Doctors have found potential new hope for patients who suffer from severe and treatment-resistant depression: magic mushrooms. In a study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, researchers found that the active hallucinatory component in shrooms (psilocybin) helped relieve symptoms of depression in a clinical trial that lasted several years.

The study consisted of a volunteer group of six men and six women who were diagnosed with "moderate-to-severe, unipolar, treatment-resistant major depression." The patients were given varying dosages of psilocybin on a weekly basis as a part of the clinical trial. The study noted that all patients experienced significant relief from depression one week and three months into their treatment, leading the researchers to conclude that there is reason to further study the therapeutic possibilities for psilocybin.

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