An interesting article on how psychedelics might have be part of a possible cure for depression. Will this make things better or worse?
The brain has a biological imperative to keep the body safe. Take for example:
A: I see a bear
B: The bear sees me
C: The bear takes an aggressive stance
D: I am attacked
The brain can quickly from a connection from A (I see a bear) to the Fight or Flight response. This is a neuropathway. At it’s worst, the brain can trigger the fight or flight response from the thought of a bear.
When using psilocybin, other areas of the brain begin to light up. I experienced the taste of Country Time Pink Lemonade (something I haven’t had since I was a kid). Yes– the taste.
After, I felt as though my mind could more readily recognize other options. Yes, I see the bear, but I have skills and tools to help me here. Or even– I see the bear, but honestly, the poor little guy is more scared than me. Time to carry on.
My experience is not for everyone. I worked with a mental health professional beforehand. We had a session where I actively set my intention (Why I am taking these? To experience more of what my mind has to offer. Am I in a safe environment? Yes, I am with X. We are at Y. etc.)