Role of psilocybin in the treatment of depression

Ther Adv Psychopharmacol. 2017 Jan;7(1):54-56. doi: 10.1177/2045125316676092. Epub 2016 Oct 27.


Psilocybin is a naturally occurring alkaloid, pharmacologically similar to the classic hallucinogen lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Although primarily used as a recreational drug or an entheogen in particular cultural settings, recent population based studies have shown that it does not lead to serious physical or mental health problems or dependent use. In view of recent work demonstrating psilocybin's potential to increase subjective sense of wellbeing and because of its novel mechanism of 5-HT2A serotonin receptor agonism, it is being explored for possible therapeutic utility in mood and anxiety disorders.

Keywords: depression; hallucinogen; psilocybin; treatment.