psilocybin

noun
psi·​lo·​cy·​bin | \ ˌsī-lə-ˈsī-bən How to pronounce psilocybin (audio) \

Definition of psilocybin

: a hallucinogenic indole C12H17N2O4P obtained from a fungus (such as Psilocybe mexicana or P. cubensis synonym Stropharia cubensis)

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Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, the Canadian government ruled that four citizens could legally use psilocybin (the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms), to treat end-of-life anxiety. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Wall Street donors are racing to back psychedelic therapy," 21 Aug. 2020 Many people have noted the remarkable resemblance between these images and hallucinations produced by tripping on LSD, mescaline or psilocybin mushrooms. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Teaching Machines to See," 1 Nov. 2015 Pesoa was taken into custody and ultimately pleaded guilty to attempting to sell psilocybin mushrooms. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Md. police officer on probation after striking handcuffed suspect in the neck with his knee," 31 Aug. 2020 Other major players include Compass Pathways, which was granted a patent for its method of producing psilocybin in January, and Field Trip Ventures, which is building psychedelic clinics across North America in anticipation of their legal use. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Wall Street donors are racing to back psychedelic therapy," 21 Aug. 2020 The article introduced untold Americans to the therapeutic possibility of psilocybin mushrooms, and a new avenue for self-improvement materialized. Margaret Rhodes, Wired, "On Your Next Psychedelic Journey, Let an App Be Your Guide," 10 Aug. 2020 Growing research has shown that psilocybin, the drug found in psychedelic mushrooms, significantly relieves anxiety and depression in patients with advanced cancer. Alicia Lee, CNN, "The Canadian government is allowing four terminally ill patients to use psychedelic mushrooms to help ease their anxiety," 6 Aug. 2020 This behavior attracts healthy male cicadas, facilitating the spread of the fungus, which contains chemicals including psilocybin, found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""Zombie cicadas" infected with mind-controlling fungus return to West Virginia," 31 July 2020 Similar to psilocybin, other evidence indicates that LSD could be used to alleviate depression and anxiety, treat alcohol dependence and reduce symptoms of autism. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Americans Increase LSD Use—and a Bleak Outlook for the World May Be to Blame," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of psilocybin

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psilocybin

New Latin Psilocybe, fungus genus + -in entry 1

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“Psilocybin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psilocybin. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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psilocybin

noun
psi·​lo·​cy·​bin | \ ˌsī-lə-ˈsī-bən How to pronounce psilocybin (audio) \

Medical Definition of psilocybin

: a hallucinogenic indole C12H17N2O4P obtained from a basidiomycetous fungus (as Psilocybe mexicana or P. cubensis synonym Stropharia cubensis)

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