Discovery: How psilocybin may restore function to depressed brains

Psychedelics could bust open the ‘negative thinking’ ruts characteristic of people with major depressive disorder, researchers say

Psilocybin therapy boosts brain connectivity in patients with major depression and this appears to correlate with reduced symptoms, researchers find.

Professor David Nutt
Professor David Nutt.

After two studies involving functional MRI (fMRI), the UK team believes it may have discovered the mechanism that makes psilocybin a potentially effective therapy for the mood disorder.