Psychedelic drugs, also known as hallucinogenic drugs are substances that are usually used recreationally, to change and enhance sensory perceptions, thought processes, energy levels, and to facilitate spiritual experiences.
They work by suppressing or stimulating the activity of neurotransmitters in our brain. Billions of neurotransmitter molecules work constantly to keep our brains functioning, managing everything from our breathing to our heartbeat to our learning and concentration levels. Once their activity is curbed, it helps in creating a temporary imbalance in the brain, which causes hallucinations and other effects such as euphoria.
Some of the commonly found psychedelic drugs are LSD, PCP, Mescaline, Psilocybin etc.
What Are Shrooms?
Magic mushrooms or “Shrooms” as they’re commonly called are famous for their psychedelic properties. They are often preferred by people for the temporary altered state of consciousness which is brought on by shrooms. Once digested, shrooms can invoke a variety of feelings ranging from pleasant ones such as euphoria, joy, and awe, or negative ones, such as depression, lethargy or disorientation.
The shroom is basically a mushroom, a fungus that grows in a variety of forms. The drug is currently used both for recreational and medicinal purposes. People often refer to them as “magic” mushrooms due to their “magical” effects on one’s brain.
They are often sold raw or dried. It is consumed in a variety of ways. Some people tend to eat it directly or taking them in an edible form like an omelette, while others drink it by making tea from the dried mushrooms.
Psilocybin and psilocin are the two most important chemicals found in shrooms. They trigger the so-called “shroom trip” and is the reason why people have shrooms.
However, there are several risks associated with taking magic mushrooms. The biggest of them all is eating a poisonous mushroom by mistake, as it is difficult to identify a shroom. It is also believed that magic mushrooms should be avoided. If you have any mental health issues, as they are known to make them worse.
However, it looks like you won’t have to rely on magic mushrooms for long for your trips, as scientists have developed a synthetic brand of psychedelics!
Emergence Of Synthetic Psychedelics
Scientists have developed a genetically engineered strain of a bacterium that can pump out the potent psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, called psilocybin, without using the fungus at all.
This was done by taking the genes indigenous to psilocybin and inserted them into the DNA of Escherichia coli, a common bacteria that lives in the human body.
The process followed is similar to how medical compounds like insulin and human growth hormone are made. It can be compared to be similar to that of brewing beer. The engineered strain is put into a large vat called a bioreactor, which creates an ideal atmosphere for the culture to grow and thrive.
Potentially, this is great news for all shroomers, as this makes the drug to be produced in mass, without harvesting whole farms of mushrooms or resorting to costly chemical synthesis methods.
Psilocybin is known to be a powerful treatment for anxiety, depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s synthetic production if legal can benefit both recreational and medicinal uses.