For many individuals in Arizona, the pandemic impacted all aspects of life, including mental health. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, anxiety and depression rates have been on the rise, with 28% of adults experiencing anxiety and 23% with depression. Substance addiction are also ongoing problems in Arizona, with 9% of adults consuming alcohol excessively and 17% smoke cigarettes daily.
As these statistics demonstrate, many Arizonans are struggling with mental health issues and traditional pharmaceutical treatments are not always be the best option due to their harmful side effects. Emerging research has shown microdosing magic mushrooms in Arizona is a safe and effective alternative treatment for a range of addictions.
Psilocybin mushrooms contain a naturally occurring psychoactive compound that has therapeutic effects with anxiety, depression, addiction, alcoholism and smoking. Arizona microdosing involves taking small, sub-perceptual amounts of magic mushrooms, which can provide many of the benefits of full doses without the intense psychedelic effects.
A study published in the journal Psychopharmacology found that microdosing magic mushrooms lowers anxiety, depression while increasing emotional regulation. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that microdosing magic mushrooms improves mood, creativity and focus. Many antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications cause weight gain, sexual dysfunction and suicidal thoughts, among other side effects. Similarly, medications for PTSD cause weight gain, dizziness and drowsiness.
According to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, in 2020 there were over 500,000 veterans living in Arizona. Totaling an estimated 30% have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), veterans make a large community in Arizona seeking relief. Traditional pharmaceutical treatments for PTSD, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), cause nausea, dizziness and insomnia.
A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that psilocybin therapy was effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD in participants. Given the harmful side effects of prescriptions, microdosing Arizona mushrooms is a safer and more effective alternative treatment for veterans with severe PTSD symptoms.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever to prioritize mental health and explore alternative treatments that are safer than traditional pharmaceutical options. The holistic benefits of Arizona magic mushrooms are gaining recognition and more residents are turning to microdosing for relief from mental health struggles.