Mushrooms have been getting a lot of attention in the medical and psychology fields as a possible therapeutic.
But what about the other specials out there? How do they stack up to mushrooms from a therapeutic standpoint?
In this post, we’ll take a look at mushrooms compared to two other potentially therapeutic substances, LSD and DMT.
Mushrooms vs. LSD for Therapy – Completely Different Experiences & Potential Outcomes
LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a special chemical compound. The use of LSD as a therapeutic aid has, much like mushrooms only recently been reinvigorated.
Similarly to mushrooms and other specials, LSD was outlawed (and still is) in nearly all western countries in the 1960s. Prior to that period, researchers were considering its value as a possible special therapy aid. At the time, researchers believed that LSD showed promise in treating addiction, particularly alcoholism. Interestingly, new research about mushrooms show similar results.
Mushrooms seem to be getting more attention these days, but in time we may see more focus on LSD as a possible special therapy aid as well. The primary difference in how the special experience feels compared to mushrooms is that LSD produces a much more “cerebral” experience, with potentially stronger hallucinations and emotional fluctuations. Mushrooms can often produce a more relaxed, “full body” experience in many therapy patients.
Research on Mushrooms for Therapy Outweighs Research on Therapeutic Applications of DMT
DMT, or N-Dimethyltryptamine, is actually quite similar to mushrooms in its molecular structure; however, other than also being a special compound which is considered entheogenic, that’s more or less where the similarities end.
DMT offers special therapy patients a substantially more exaggerated experience; that is to say, the “trip” is far more intense. It’s also a much shorter experience. Depending on dosage, a mushroom experience may last several hours; DMT experiences can last perhaps half an hour.
Mushroom trips are longer, more relaxed, and may not result in total ego death depending on the dosage. DMT experiences are intense, short, and, according to patients, almost always result in ego death. Similarly to mushrooms, DMT often results in feelings of oneness and enhanced sensations of empathy.
DMT research as a special therapy treatment is limited but, like LSD, is now being considered by larger numbers of the research community (no doubt thanks in large part to the pioneering efforts of mushroom advocates).
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