Can Magic Mushrooms Unlock Depression? | Rosalind Watts | TEDxOxford

Can Magic Mushrooms Unlock Depression? | Rosalind Watts | TEDxOxford


Translator: Hiroko Kawano
Reviewer: Rhonda Jacobs This is Kirk. He suffered from depression
for five years. He tried antidepressants, talking therapy, and nothing helped. In May 2015, in Imperial College,
he was given psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms. And since that time
he’s been depression free. This is Ben. He suffered from depression for 30 years. And in that time he tried everything:
CBT, group therapy, a list of medications
prescribed to him by his doctor, and nothing helped. In June 2015, he was given psilocybin, and since that time
he has been depression free. Not only had the symptoms
of his depression gone, but in the last year, he has done an acting course,
a printing course, he’s flown on a plane
for the first time in a decade, and his career and social life
are flourishing. I can’t show you his face because magic mushrooms
are an illegal psychedelic drug, and he’s asked to remain anonymous. Magic mushrooms – you might think of the ’60s, dropping out, jumping out of windows
thinking you can fly. You might think of going crazy, quite the opposite of what magic
mushrooms did to Ben and to Kirk. And despite its bad reputation,
we need to ask the question: What does this mushroom
know that we don’t? What does it do that we can’t? I’m a clinical psychologist
at the psychedelic research group at Imperial. It’s a vibrant group
of scientists and clinicians asking these very unconventional questions
in a most conventional way. It is led by Robin Carhart-Harris –
he’s a pioneering neuroscientist, and also overseen by David Nutt, who is a world-renowned
psychopharmacologist. And together they cut through
ribbons and ribbons of red tape so that we could do the first
psilocybin for depression study last year. And in this study, 20 individuals
with treatment-resistant depression, were given a high dose of psilocybin
in a therapeutic setting. Now, the numbers of may seem small,
but the results were remarkable. We kept seeing these drops
in their depression scores after the psilocybin treatment
over and over again. Their symptoms of depression
were going right down, much bigger reductions
in depression scores than you would expect to see
in trials of conventional treatments like antidepressants and talking therapy. The depression scores
were going right down, and they were staying down. Six months after the dose, six of them were still in remission,
no symptoms of depression. Three of them didn’t really
respond to the drug, so there were small
reductions in their depression but only for about a week. But for 11, their depression
was greatly reduced for about two months, and then the symptoms of depression
started to creep back again. Now, that might sound very disappointing, but with antidepressants,
you have to take them every day. They have some unpleasant side effects;
it takes weeks for them to work. And they are a palliative
treatment, not a cure. But with psilocybin treatment, we were seeing immediate reductions
in depression symptoms, immediate relief that last for months,
without side effects, and it seemed to be working
on the root causes rather than just suppressing symptoms. Depression is a relentless,
haunting affliction. Winston Churchill called it the black dog. Patients in our study called it
a concrete coat, a sack over the head, a locked box, a prison. They had tried between
three and 11 types of antidepressants and six types of talking therapy, but nothing had released them. They were stuck in their individual
prisons of depression. And they’re not the odd ones out. We are entering an epidemic of depression. It’s the number one cause
of disability globally, and it will affect everyone in this room – either someone you care about
or you directly. And we don’t understand depression. We don’t really know what causes it. And despite enormous scientific endeavor,
we have not yet found a conclusive cure. We don’t really understand it. It’s a complex mixture
of so many different factors. And when it hits, it can be
a wave of sadness shame and grief, or it can be just a shroud
that kills all feelings. And it’s not an illness
that we can just test for and treat. It’s different for every person. So how to unlock depression? The key is never simple,
and it will be different for each person. So, in our study, we were originally looking at the effect
of psilocybin on the patients’ brains. So it makes the brain
go from rigid to flexible, hyper-connected. You could say that it unlocks the brain. So in our study, we did these brain scans, and we could see
this increased flexibility. And we also included
a symptom measure, so we could see that depression
symptoms were going right down. But that doesn’t tell the full story. We wanted to know from patients
in their own words. What was happening? What was the psilocybin doing? So we interviewed them all
six months after the dose, and we analysed the interview transcripts
and came up with two themes about what psilocybin was doing. But before I get onto those themes, I think maybe I should clarify
what a psychedelic experience is. So psychedelics allow the unconscious
mind to become conscious. Important material that has
been built up over the course of life but that has been pushed out of sight
where you can’t see it, emerges, like –
it’s kind of crumpled clothes that you push to the back
of your wardrobe, and it emerges, it comes out; you don’t just see it, you embody it. Memories, emotions, pain, love, grief – whatever has been hidden
emerges and demands you feel it. It can be incredibly painful
and incredibly beautiful. Patients in our study described overall
having three main types of experience. So firstly, visiting past traumas; secondly, having insights
about your life – negative patterns and how to change them; and thirdly, these experiences
of harmony and connection and unity. And sometimes they would have
all three experiences in the course of one dosing session. So here’s our treatment room. And you would have the two therapists
either side of the patient. They’d be given eye shades and asked
to sit back and listen to the music, and just surrender to whatever comes up. And they would have had sessions
with the therapists beforehand so that they trusted them
and they felt safe. But the therapist doesn’t structure
the sessions at all or direct the content in any way. But there was a structure to sessions. There was a beginning,
a middle, and an end, and a flow of ideas and symbols
that built on each other in the most sophisticated way, as if it had been planned
by a most excellent therapist. Now, in my previous work
as a non-psychedelic psychologist, providing talking therapies in the NHS, I would plan my sessions for my patients and think, how can I help them
talk about traumatic experiences or how could I help them
get a different perspective or develop some self-compassion
or some motivation for change. And I’d try and instill all these things. But it’s all coming from the therapist; the patient experiences it
as somehow outside of themselves, and it sometimes just misses the mark. But with the psilocybin sessions, I was witnessing patients
go on their own journeys of healing, the ideas all came from inside themselves, and they were powerful and transformative. Because the lessons were planned
by the most accurate therapist there is: themselves. So, the themes: What did the patients say
the psilocybin did? The clicker is broken. Can I have another clicker? (Laughter) Okay. The next slide isn’t coming up,
but I’ll tell you what it says. It says that the first theme
was of an inner unlocking. So patients described going
from being emotionally locked up inside to being emotionally liberated. They described going
from being avoidant of emotion to accepting emotion. So, they talked about how in depression, when stressful or painful things happened, emotions were distanced or suppressed. They – our society
doesn’t really value suffering. It’s seen as a weakness. So they’d learned to put
their feelings in boxes. Sam remembered growing up
and being told ‘Boys don’t cry’, so he learnt to suffer in silence. And many of the patients just –
they couldn’t deal with their feelings because so much
had happened in their lives, they had so many years of hurt, they just didn’t have
the resources to face it all. And they had many different
ways of avoiding their pain, self-medicating through food,
through television, through painkillers and then often through antidepressants, which didn’t really work
on the root causes of their suffering, just numb the worst of the pain. But they also numbed other emotions too. And so many of the patients described
feeling numb and unable to feel. Many of them had described experiencing trauma in their life,
often in early childhood. And they’ve never been able to process it
or think about what had happened. And in their psilocybin experiences,
they were able to process these things. John – Where’s John? John here – He had suffered from abuse in childhood, and in his psilocybin dose,
he saw a great big cask, and he knew that in that cask
with all of his pain and shame that he’d never been
able to think or talk about. And he grappled with it.
It was extremely painful. But in the course of the session, he was able to unlock that box
and accept his past. And it was so powerful. Many of them cried
for the first time in years. This cathartic experience
of accepting emotion and just being able to live it. We saw in six hours what you would
often see in six years of therapy. And now the second theme
is of an outer unlocking. So, they described going
from disconnection to connection. So, they talked about depression
as a gradual turning inward, slowly becoming disconnected
from the people you love, from your identity and becoming just kind of
trapped in their minds, trapped in a small corner of their minds, locked there with constant negative
thinking attacking them all the time, and the psilocybin
started a process of reconnection. So Ben described it this way. He said, ‘It was like when you defrag
the hard drive on your computer. I experienced things
being rearranged in my mind, I witnessed it
as it was all put into order, and I thought my brain is being defragged! How brilliant is that? And since that time my thoughts
make sense, and I ruminate less.’ And other patients
described the same process but in a different way. Some described it as the fog lifting
or being able to see clearly. John said it was like turning
on the lights in a dark house. And after that mental reboot, they were able to connect to their senses, they would connect
to their self, their identity. Kirk said he felt like
he was gliding through life, and they could connect to other people. John went for dinner with his wife
for the first time in seven years, said that they were like teenagers again. Many of them felt a connection to nature. They didn’t just see nature
as a thing like a television or a picture, but they felt part of it. And they connected to a spiritual
principle for the first time – some of them. Overall, they went from being trapped
to being unlocked, expanded and free. So, altered states of consciousness
have been held in high esteem for thousands of years around the world. But the scientific research
is in its infancy, and we’re excited to be doing
a bigger study this year. But we’re still treading carefully. We don’t know so much about it yet. And it won’t be right for everyone. So, we’re treading carefully, and we’re going to learn
so much over next five years about how and when
psilocybin can help us. But I believe that it could
revolutionize mental healthcare. Patience in our study described
all these superficial treatments, short-term therapies,
sticking plasters that didn’t help. Nothing had ever helped because nothing had ever
got to the heart of their pain. And in this epidemic of depression,
there are so many people in need, so many people need help, and the NHS can’t afford
to provide long-term treatments, years and years
of psychotherapy for everyone. But I believe that
if we incorporate psilocybin into existing short-term therapies
like the therapies I used to work in, that we can make them so much
more effective, so much more powerful. It’s supplementing therapy with a medicine that lets you find a way
out of your suffering rather than just padding the cage. So, can magic mushrooms
unlock depression? The answer is ‘no’. It’s not the mushroom
that unlocks depression, it’s the patient. The mushroom just shows them the key. Thank you. (Applause)

100 Comments

  • Gadget Underscore says:

    I met my demon on my first trip! I always had felt her presence but I never had seen her! She’s calm these days 🤝🧠❤️

  • xmistaxcashxcoll says:

    Yes it do…

  • Josh Couture says:

    Only in hindsight am I realizing mushrooms saved my life, just ordered some online, ready to heal fully.

  • Ross Purviance says:

    Can't hear it. At the start it sounds like she says, "This guy no longer has depression." And, "Brian, no longer has depression."

    Can't hear it. Greedy hoarders want to stop everything that is good; sounds like they need shrooms.

  • Truthseeker says:

    Speak up!

  • Chris Stewart says:

    Can anyone from Poland provide that kind of treatment?

  • Myco Fairbanks says:

    Legaliiiiize it. Don't criticize it. Yeahya yeayha.
    "Why is the psilocybe schedule 1? cuz politicians love blow. Big pharma hates shrooms, loves Oxycontin though." (Stolen from another youtube commentor)

  • Darryl Joudrey says:

    I'm thinking I need to give this a try. I go in and out of Funks for a few weeks. I hate that my brain doesn't work properly. The Meds do help. I sometimes for weeks or months without thinking Suicidal thoughts. But they always come back.

  • marcel louis frocz says:

    she so beauttifull, iam happy she banned bra out of her life ohh yes psylobin works very well as you see

  • timzstr says:

    Her voice helps my depression

  • WeRtheSTARGARS says:

    👽Help wanted; intelligent humans only please some of you are morons. No offense! We’ve been waiting for 4.32 billion years

    👽How we created the simulations 👽

    Out of the “Big Bang”! Or what we call The Collapse, or “In the beginning.”
    Bang! Information
    Intensely hot eventually cooling. “The “Machine Elves form! These
    Molecular machines… we like Eves better they assemble, proteins. Eventually leading to DNA via the information. How?Following mathematical formulas written into the laws that come out of the information in the big bang.
    These many full spectrum radiation vibrations causing many frequencies to form. Think “Star in a jar” or Sonoluminescence but bigger.
    This would assemble molecules leading to the molecular machines these machines would eventually make proteins leading to a cell on a planet of all different types; making a cell, then another. Many will die! But others will create. Leading to complexity over time. Forming tryptamine proteins. Cells will start organizing in to a fungus mycelium. One of these will arrive on a rocky planet with more elements. Forming many more complex species. Using lightning and H2O you will get to human. So how?
    Full spectrum light. You can call that the start of the Big Bang. Out of that you get information. Information needs to be measured. Consciousness has arose from all this energy.
    Powering your meat robot body. Look at the world around you. You’ve descended down into mater.
    Let’s call it a simulation. Would a higher dimensional being playing a game of complexity? Yes!
    To find out it’s origin? Yes!
    Running more and more simulations leading to multiple universes, an infinite number of times. Leading to more and more complex things. As this energy you meat body would die. Don’t worry though! This will Lead to the collapse of that universe. You’re dead but would be reborn into another universe. Maybe this time as. Alien species on our planet. You’ve become a more complex life form. Complexity starting life over again. We live forever. We’re all one energy of consciousness. Experiencing itself subjectively. Enjoy your time on Earth, we may need you tomorrow!

    P.S: if you want to call us; but not die. We communicate with you through psilocybin mushrooms. 4-HO-DMT you must find the correct dosage for your own meat wagon. Start at 30mg using small titration of 5mg. Start timer… Taken on empty stomach with no other drugs in your system. Start talking at the 1 hour 27 minute mark. So we can focus on your location. 🍄🛸👽cheers and good luck to you. Hopefully one of you will receive the message some day. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jason i love oz says:

    hear in oz your a criminal if you take from nature a med .that said I'm looking forward to a 5gram dose with my mate soon.have noticed San Pedro cactus is pretty good but makes you feel a bit crook.have not had good srooms for years.but when I have a love comes back out of me that gets worn out over time .I've never had 5 grams but macanna said its a hero dose…I wanna be my hero..47 years old.I'm not chasing Pretty fractills to blow out on.I wanna reset what ever needs resetting.

  • Timothy Smith says:

    Is she whispering?
    The ad came on at the end and now theres ringing in my left ear

  • Jordan McDonald says:

    Turn up the volume on that mic yo

  • Karl Pfahl says:

    I wonder if overdosing or taking them multiple days in a row can actually worsen depression?

  • Psyche Revival says:

    Depression is caused by lack of emotional attunement from caregivers during a child’s formative years, and/or trauma.

  • Barbara Rudy says:

    Magic Mushrooms and Cannabis Oil should be in every drug store in America, right next to the Tylenol…Actually, I’d get rid of the Tylenol. Acetaminophen can cause liver failure.

  • surjeet singh says:

    Anyone from india plz guide me i m in severe depression

  • Paul- Mall says:

    YES

  • Duel Card says:

    I wonder how much the "high dose" was that the patients were given?

  • Ryan Duckering says:

    Naturally growing, extremely common, FREE drug that often CURES mental conditions for up to two years, or indefinitely. VS expensive artificial drug that needs to be taken daily, merely suppresses symptoms.

    Pharmaceutical lobby's: dangerous party drug!!!!

  • CJS says:

    what are the effects of medications given by psychiatrist, such as Prozac, when using psychedelics? I checked cannabis use with other meds that are commonly used by patients and every one had a HUGE interaction. So, would one have to remove prescribed meds from your body prior to using psychedelics or cannabis? The sites stating this are run by big pharmaceutical companies. Attempting to prepare a law journal, peer reviewed, for attorneys as cannabis is becoming non-illegal, ditto, psychedelics.

  • NatsuPicchu says:

    “X changes everything” LLJ

  • Haridas991 says:

    Thank you. Very informative and inspiring. Can it be used on someone who is already taking medication for BPD? Is it safe?

  • Word Unheard says:

    short answer?

    Yes.

    The long answer?

    Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssyssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

  • Benny TheKid says:

    Can someone tell me if 15g of psilocybin truffles is enough for a high dose??

  • William Sr. Donaldson says:

    Can't hear this video.

  • Bootboy124 says:

    I’ve suffered from intractable clinical depression since I was 14 or 15.

    I’m getting to the point where I’m feeling this may be my last best hope to find relief.

    I desperately wish I could get into one of these studies.

  • Ian Arellano says:

    They should consider researching this subject in Oaxaca, MX. I believe VICE did a doc on how it's allowed in that part of the country.

  • Jesse Rivas says:

    Does anyone know the song name from the introduction??

  • Stefan Aguinaldo Soerensen says:

    The title of the video makes it spund like depression is a talent you unlock with enough exp

  • RRiffer says:

    I absolutely love this, I'm studying counselling in the Midlands, UK, very interested in facilitating this kind of therapy and very interested in helping with the research. Can anyone point me in the right direction for trials or helping out somehow or companies, webpages that may help. Many thanks x

  • Colin Labrie Gagné says:

    i'm litterally crying from watching this. i don't exactly know why, but what those patients went through, i went through the exact same things during my psilocybin experiences. the rearranging of thoughts, feeling amazing, feeling incredibly sad. the incredible, indescribable catharsis i had every time i cried while at the peak of a trip only to find all the love the world had in store for me on the other side of that sadness. psychedelics are probably one of the most profound and beautiful experiences i ever had, no matter how bad it can get at times.

  • LOSTBOYEVSKY says:

    Amazing talk by an amazing woman! Godspeed in your research Rosalind 💜🌿

  • Jordan Bates says:

    Go Rosalind!! : D

  • olivier bilodeau says:

    free and natural chemicals are the best fo sure

  • Cindy B says:

    One of the largest reason for depression and anxiety are from antibiotics that cross the blood brain barrier like, fluoriquinolones (Cipro, Leviquin, Avelox, Moxifloxicin and more. Metronizidole/ Flagyl. These antibiotics mess up your brain, puts you in fight or flight and some people never can get out of that prison. I would love to see if the mushrooms can help these people. Not all, but the majority of depression is caused by Big Pharma and their toxic drugs. Psilocybin Mushrooms should be legalized! I have only heard good things💖

  • Tavish M says:

    Sounds like the Holy Spirit is the therapist at work.

  • Under The Sun says:

    The world: attempts to treat depression as a traditional physiological disease, combating it with SSRI's that simply give you serotonin and side effects, continuesly doing so for centuries, making the problem far worse than better, while also blatantly ignoring relevant information involving a systematic change for genuine medical advancement, as well as a deeper understanding of psychology and it's relation to the current state of the world

    The world: jeez why is everyone so depressed, man guess we'll make 7 new types of SSRI's and we'll slap some positive messages into schools and stuff like that I guess.

    The underlying issue of the way we treat the term individual is just as complex as depression itself,

    Our society is lacking in the desire for change or the openness to the uncomfortable (while also saying step out of your comfort zone)

  • Brillo Pad says:

    You would think that an organization like TED, when publishing a "professional" recording would have the technical expertise to code the volume to standard levels.

  • Allkinds ofgainz says:

    Can psychedelics affect your hearing?

  • M. J. Golden says:

    How do I get micro-dosing goods? For insomnia – 30 years of insomnia. Need help.

  • CavemanNinja100 says:

    Wow. Great talk.

    Mushrooms are great, end of.

  • MICHAEL CRASH says:

    They will definitely make you nauseas. Trust me

  • Michael Evan says:

    Sign me up

  • Brin Aurich says:

    I used them for migraine headaches. They work for three years. I’ve never had any thing work like this before for me to prevent migraines as long before. I didn’t tripped on them like other people do..

  • mgrinnell87 says:

    Yes Yes Yes Yes. 1 experience broke me out of a rut when I was in my late teens. I constantly under achieved and barely maintained relationships, and almost over night everything improved. I am married with 2 beautiful children and 10 years into a successful career. It allows your brain to explore new paths other than the ruts that you constantly "travel" and deepen as a depressed person. The more often we travel the positive mental paths after the fact, the deeper THOSE ruts get. Eventually the paths we traveled mentally in depression grow over from disuse. The default mode network is the affected region of the brain, if I remember correctly.

  • Aditya Band says:

    Works for a couple of months. Ok enough

  • Lisa Simpson says:

    Great talk but too quiet

  • Dim Sum says:

    But have you ever tried DMT ?

  • Tom says:

    We created depression! M i n d

  • Katie Kane says:

    Can't hear it, bummer!

  • Lotus says:

    124 dislikes is the DEA

  • GLUTAMATE GLUTAMATE says:

    Does psylocibin has a comedown like the agonising one ppl with depression get from MDMA…..

  • Rick Fisher says:

    Magic mushrooms can cure severe depression, PTSD, Addiction, anxiety, Cluster head attacks and much more

  • Black Opal says:

    Get the leaders of the G8 in a room together. Brew 1g in a full pot of tea. Give each of them a cup. World Peace.

  • Roro says:

    And here we are in 2019! Denver, Colorado and Oakland, California <3 mush love everyone. Psilocybin truly is life changing.

  • Samuel Aubrey says:

    pharmaceutical companies are paying to keep them illegal….. wake up people they want you taking SSRI's

  • flukeseawalker says:

    "Defrag" is the perfect analogy that describes what happens.

  • Chris Manning says:

    my chewing is too loud for this video

  • Underwater Ideas says:

    I have magic mushrooms. And you can see my face. And hear how i !earned to play harmonica without lessons.

  • Underwater Ideas says:

    Sorry i meant…Had.

  • theo tryhard says:

    yes

  • malixxxxd says:

    Title is misleading

  • Graham Cook says:

    If your suffering you have nothing to lose…One dose helped me dramatically. Magic truffles for me…Semper Fi

  • Jace Hendrix says:

    There kinda are side effects despite she says there aren't. I personally handle them fine but I've seen some hellish trips from others and experienced darker places of my own mind as well in my years of trippage. Extradimensional torture can easily cracks lots of eggs for eternity if the noggin isn't tough.

  • msmeg says:

    This Ted Talk is recorded at such a low volume that it's impossible to hear no matter how far you push up your volume. Frustrating and disappointing 🙁

  • Chris Curran says:

    My metaphor is a messy knot pulled tight. You can pull on the string ends protruding making it worse or maybe pick at it to try to loosen it, but you might make it tighter as you get frustrated with your slow effort. Psychedelics loosen the knot and give you better insight into how the strands can be untangled.

    By the way, an actual knot in real-life that you can undone, maybe be able to if you twist the

  • Paje Foster says:

    It works, the plants want healing to occur that will rewire the world. We are part of a great Unity that is Love.

  • mark lewis says:

    psilocybin has a wonderful reputation,..it's mushrooms in general that have a kak rep,..mycophobia is a stupidity, propogated by unshroomed xenophobes.

  • mentaltfladdrig says:

    10:26 mamma

  • Good Karma says:

    Love this and her for bringing it.

  • Scrazy says:

    Remember to turn your volume down when you're done watchin peeps

  • Admin UserZen says:

    Untuk menghilangkan stress. Soltlah kawan. Ngapain ngegele.

  • Philip Thomas says:

    How many people react badly with bad trips /fear/psychosis etc?

  • timothy lines says:

    good lock getting by the eugenics governments.

  • Sean Balfour says:

    I really want to try this in Western Australia
    I’m going to look into it

  • Nilas JunkYard says:

    I am suffering from depression, anxiety and an ego too big for my momentary situation. Selfloathing, because I can't reach the goals I set for myself.
    For years now, every day I look into the mirror with hatred. I don't know how it feels like to love myself and I can't comprehend people who do.
    I'm thinking about trying shrooms for quite some time now, because nothing I tried helped to fix my psyche.

  • Jeff Meeko says:

    "Padding the cage". Good analogy.

  • maxicosis says:

    Psilocybin transcends mere scientific analysis, great talk and thanks for upload, but Psilocybin is an ongoing teacher not a one stop association, one's spiritual disposition is an ever evolving life of gnosis or self discovery, and self-love and learning about the nature of one's self, and this loving being. One continues to work with the mushroom in order to develop one's capacity to 'walk the walk' of spiritual principles in action, and address the ongoing 'dis-ease' that results from leaving the house and being exposed to a world of people, places and things that are riddled with spiritual dis-ease, hurt, suffering, and who are locked into all the ego dominated pursuits and fruitless hopes of finding 'inner peace' from material consumption. Psilocybin is a wonderful meditation tool for low and mystical doses, and a wonderful tool for micro-dosing on a degree of regularity that is determined by your own relationship with the mushroom, as the mushroom will teach you how to go about establishing your own relationship with it. It's not about 'tuning in and dropping out' in any sense, rather ' nurturing and developing a 'you' that is best able to engage with life as one encounters it'.

  • SilentSyndicate says:

    Princess Leia likes shrooms

  • Ural Damasis says:

    Downvoted for low volume

  • Changing Things says:

    Yes they can

  • Franscios Racine says:

    Why is the volume so low?

  • Jonny Doe says:

    So what you are saying is mushrooms unlock the doorway to all those negative emotions and you are the one who faces it head on and cures yourself (you are the therapist essentially).. There is a huge amount of emphasis on yourself and your character and not all will benefit from this and in fact the opposite could happen and a slightly depressed person could turn into a hugely anxious person in a psych ward.. I think there are healthier ways to cure depression..

  • Mr. Purple says:

    The 5g in the dark worked for me.

  • Sluggo Bill says:

    That ending makes me tear up.

  • Mario Sille says:

    I LIKE YOU I LIKE YOU I LIKE YOU 🙂

  • Justin Akers says:

    I’m buying a 1/2 tomorrow. Can anyone recommend a dose in grams to try to help with my depression? I’ve done mushrooms before but usually 3.5 grams at once. I think I will try 4.5

  • mattron williams says:

    I have aspergers and have experienced periods of depression for the last couple of years. I have tried cognitive behavioral therapy and it just stressed me out. These drugs sound like an amazing breakthrough and a more effective treatment then cbt!

  • J.B says:

    Her description of how antidepressant s numb all the feelings is incredibly accurate. Everything she says is incredibly accurate. Magic mushrooms are illegal because the Big pharma Nazis want to sell their drugs and don't want us cured, or more effectively treated. Makes me wonder about what they know truly about cancer and the others

  • sanjuansteve says:

    I think the added temporary interneuronal synapse connections thanks to marijuana and especially the psychedelics are literal wiring upgrades to our brains that can be made permanent through normal neuroplasticity learning. These new connections give parts of our brains new access to both our current sensory perceptions, heightening them and making us more appreciative of everything we experience, while also giving parts of our brains new access to memories making even our memories heightened with literally new mental perspectives on them. It’s like a physical empathy, giving our brains the ability to have new and more diverse perspectives on everything, past and present.

    These substances widely have the reputation as creativity-enhancers but I think actually they’re empathy-enhancers creating new perspectives, giving artists greater ability to imagine how a wider audience will perceive their work while it’s in progress, making it more creative as a result.

    Legalize, release, expunge and give industry advantages to the minorities most harmed.

  • Cristian M says:

    Shrooms drove some people to suicide.

  • Dario Spirit says:

    Take shrooms and enjoy yourself 😎

  • Slavka Z says:

    Suffering very hard. You guys gave me a lot of hope here in the comments. Thank you.

  • Brutal Whale says:

    Worked for me on one smallish dose a few years back could do with a refresher I think

  • Vierotchka says:

    Ayahuasca and Iboga/Ibogaine work very well against depression and trauma. Of course, they too are illegal.

  • Andrea Maes says:

    Maybe depression is the side effect of the human mind subconsciously knowing that it's not able to perform at its up most ability. Psychedelics help open that block and let the mind's energy flow openly and independently… Hmmm

  • blauge reskrooge says:

    Anyone disagree on this? I only see positive comments regarding this and I'd like to know the other side of it.

  • Eduardo Gomes says:

    I had my experience with mushrooms and I quit smoking and started to have a healthy life since then… Almost like magic.

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