Researchers Juan Sanchez-Ramos and Briony Catlow at the University of South Florida have just started an exciting new study to see if psilocybin (the active component in magic mushrooms) can help promote the birth and development of new brain cells (neurogenesis) in the hippocampus, which is associated with learning and memory.
The study is based on the findings of several researchers who have shown that hippocampal-mediated learning and memory is related to the generation of new neurons in the adult brain.
The proposition that psilocybin impacts cognition, and stimulates hippocampal neurogenesis, is based on the evidence that psilocybin mimics the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is involved in the regulation of neurogenesis in the hippocampus. We're looking forward to hearing about the results from this fascinating study.
You can read more about this and other studies with psychedelic substances on www.maps.org.