The years after COVID-19 have been tumultuous for the U.S and Massachusetts is no exception. The adult population suffering from anxiety, depression, drug addiction, alcoholism and nicotine dependence have risen to unprecedented levels. According to the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Department, 33% of adults in Massachusetts experience severe anxiety and depression in 2020, up from 25% in 2019.
In addition, there has been a surge in drug addiction, alcoholism and daily smoking, with 1 in 12 adults having substance abuse problems. With a population of about 7 million people and such high rates of mental health issues and substance abuse, it's clear more needs to be done to address these problems in Massachusetts. One solution is microdosing magic mushrooms in Massachusetts.
Microdosing Massachusetts mushrooms alleviates anxiety, depression, addiction, alcoholism and nicotine dependence. A microdose involves taking small, sub-perceptual doses of the psilocybin to avoid the hallucinogenic effects that come with full doses. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in certain species of mushrooms. This alternative treatment works by enhancing neural plasticity, which helps the brain rewire itself and break negative thought patterns.
A recent study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that psilocybin therapy was more effective than traditional prescription medication in treating depression. Another study found that microdosing magic mushrooms in Massachusetts could help smokers quit, with a year abstinence rate of 80%.
According to the Global Drug Survey, magic mushrooms are one of the safest recreational drugs available, with no risk of harm users. This is in stark contrast to traditional pharmaceutical treatments for anxiety, depression and PTSD, which come with harmful side effects and dependence. For example, antidepressants cause weight gain, sexual dysfunction and nausea. Similarly, PTSD medications cause drowsiness, dizziness and memory loss. These side effects are debilitating and create difficulty for people to function daily.
In Massachusetts, there are over 380,000 veterans and many suffer from PTSD. According to the National Center for PTSD, approximately 20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD. This means there are well over 75,000 veterans in Massachusetts with PTSD. Traditional pharmaceutical treatments for PTSD, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, are not effective and come with harmful side effects.
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of alternative treatments like microdosing Massachusetts mushrooms to alleviate PTSD symptoms. For example, a recent study conducted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) found that PTSD symptoms improved in 56% of participants who microdosed. The pandemic led to an increase in substance abuse and many people turned to drugs and alcohol for relief. Given the current mental health crisis in Massachusetts, more needs to be done to address these issues and microdosing magic mushrooms is the most promising solution.