psilocybin

noun
psi·​lo·​cy·​bin | \ˌsī-lə-ˈsī-bən \

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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Topics include: How psychedelics can treat mental illness Psychedelics research Magic mushrooms and their active ingredient, psilocybinTo access this download, simply enter your email address below and start reading! Discover Magazine, "The Science of Psychedelics," 27 July 2018 But in this blend of memoir and history Pollan focuses on the medicinal, specifically a trinity of psychoactive drugs: LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin. Ellen Ruppel Shell, BostonGlobe.com, "Take a hit of acid and call me in the morning," 11 May 2018 While Michael Pollan survived the dissolution of his ego defenses after ingesting psilocybin, other people with mental illness or difficulty coping with life may not be so lucky. New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 5.20.18 Issue," 31 May 2018 In one pilot study, smokers got two or three doses of psilocybin. Michael Pollan, WSJ, "The New Science of Psychedelics," 3 May 2018 Other research has examined the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating alcohol and tobacco addiction. Barbara Feder Ostrov, sacbee, "'Magic' mushrooms: The next great legalization debate," 29 May 2018 The idea failed to gain traction then, but now a number of prestigious researchers are studying the potential therapeutic uses of LSD, psilocybin and MDMA. Author: Dave Philipps, Anchorage Daily News, "Ecstasy as PTSD relief for soldiers: ‘I was able to forgive myself’," 2 May 2018 Other research has examined the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating alcohol and tobacco addiction. Barbara Feder Ostrov, sacbee, "'Magic' mushrooms: The next great legalization debate," 29 May 2018 Other research has examined the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating alcohol and tobacco addiction. Barbara Feder Ostrov, sacbee, "'Magic' mushrooms: The next great legalization debate," 29 May 2018

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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

noun
psi·​lo·​cy·​bin | \ˌsī-lə-ˈsī-bən \

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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