A psychedelic drug found in mushrooms could work as an antidepressant, new research shows.
Psilocybin, a compound that naturally occurs in some mushrooms, may be able to increase the long-lasting connections between neurons in the brain by 10 percent.
A research team from Yale University believes these connections can reduce the effects of depression on a person.
The study, which will be published in the journal Neuron on Monday, also found that the strength of neuron connections increases as well.
‘We not only saw a 10 percent increase in the number of neuronal connections, but also they were on average about 10 percent larger, so the connections were stronger as well,’ Alex Kwan, senior author of the study and associate professor of psychiatry and of neuroscience at Yale.
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