Study Finds Psilocybin May Increase Memory
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit at Imperial College London discovered that the hallucinogen Psilocybin could have positive effects on an individual’s depressive symptoms and enhance their memory.
According to lead researcher Dr. Robin L. Carhart-Harris, “Psilocybin decreases brain activity in regions such as the medial prefrontal cortex that are overactive in depression.” Carhart-Harris also stated that patients, while under the influence of Psilocybin and undergoing psychotherapy, experience “sudden personal insights.”
The researchers also found the while patients were under the influence of the hallucinogen and shown personal memory cues, then asked to recall their emotions at the time of those events, the recalled emotions are much clearer and vivid, suggesting increased brain activity. Carhart-Harris is currently seeking a grant in 2012 to further study the drug’s effects on depressive symptoms.
As a West Los Angeles neurologist, I’m fully aware of the pain that depression can cause in the lives of those who suffer from this condition. I hope that future treatments are developed and approved of by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so that those suffering can receive that relief they seek from this affliction. If you suffer from a chronic condition, such as cluster headaches or migraines, it may be in your interests to speak with a West Los Angeles headache doctor or a pain management specialist.