New Study Suggests, Psilocybin, May Be as Effective as Leading Antidepressants .
According to research published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine,'.
Psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, may be as effective as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
The leading type of antidepressant medication.
PsyPost reports that 59 men and women with moderate-to-severe depression took part in the 6-week trial.
Psilocybin therapy appears to be at least as effective as a leading conventional antidepressant and is faster acting with a reassuring safety profile when given by professional therapists, Robin Carhart-Harris, Study Author & Head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, via PsyPost.
Patients in the psilocybin group were reportedly less likely to have side effects such as anxiety, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction and reduced emotional responsiveness.
Researchers involved with the study noted that while the findings are intriguing.
A larger and longer study would be necessary to reach conclusive results.