Taking Mushrooms Seriously

Mental health treatment has had decades of slow advancement and limited treatment options for many patients. In the past several years, psilocybin mushrooms have been proven to have numerous benefits in treating disorders such as PTSD, depression, and addiction. Traditional drug treatments, along with many side effects, have an effectiveness rate between 10 and 25 percent, whereas the first round of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy research found an 83 percent level of effectiveness.

Because of the promising research, Oregon activists are working hard on a 2020 ballot measure that could soon see the legalization of psilocybin for mental health treatment, which would allow mental health centers to begin incorporating it into their care plans, which could be life changing.